Trauma and Repair: A Medical Humanities Laboratory Workshop

Organised by the Medical Humanities Laboratory at the University of Manchester, thanks to the sponsorship of the John Rylands Research Institute.

1 pm – 4:45 pm, Friday, 9 March, Council Chambers, Whitworth Building, University of Manchester.

This workshop brings together speakers and practitioners from several different disciplines – anthropology, history of medicine, visual culture studies, cultural history, and art—to consider the bodily, medical, and cultural meanings of trauma and repair. Together we will think about and discuss where the experience of injury, especially to the face, and the practices of surgery intersect and interact.

Our first session includes presentations by an anthropologist, an artist, and a historian of medicine who all work on faces, trauma, and medicine. After a coffee break, our second session will feature keynote speaker Dr Suzannah Biernoff, Senior Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Visual Culture at Birkbeck and author of the recent Portraits of Violence: War and the Aesthetics of Disfigurement, followed by a broad collective discussion of the afternoon’s presentations and themes.

We particularly encourage postgrads and early career researchers to attend. An archivist from the University of Manchester Library will be available to discuss recently catalogued holdings of interest to medical humanities scholars, teachers, and practitioners.

The event is free to all, but please register your attendance by clicking on this link, where a map and more detailed programme will be available.

Workshop schedule:

1 pm: Registration and arrival

1:15 pm:
Welcome and introductions
Dr Elizabeth Toon

1:20 pm:
Trauma, repair, transgression and transformation: Living with facial ‘disfigurement’
Dr Anne-Marie Martindale

1:50 pm:
Facing out: A portraiture project exploring facial cancer and the gaze
Lucy Burscough

2:20 pm
Between trauma and repair: The surgical operation in Dorothy Davison’s medical illustrations
Dr Harriet Palfreyman

2:50 pm:
Tea/coffee break

3:15 pm
Dr Suzannah Biernoff (Birkbeck)
Keynote: Facelessness in Georges Franju’s Les yeux sans visage

4 pm
General discussion
Led by Prof Ana Carden-Coyne

Please register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/trauma-and-repair-a-medical-humanities-laboratory-workshop-tickets-43096228981

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NHS @ 70 – performance, exhibition and film

NHS at 70 is at the Whitworth, from 1 to 3 March 2018, and the project team hope you’ll be able to join them for some or all of the events.

If you want to come to the film premiere please book through the Eventbrite link below or our website nhs70.org.uk as spaces are filling up fast.

Thursday 1 March, 6.00-8.30pm

The premiere of our new film, ‘Voices from the first NHS hospital‘ which will be followed by a Q and A with project director, Dr Stephanie Snow and the film participants.

Please click here to book for the film premiere.

This event will showcase the work NHS at 70 has been doing during the development phase of the Heritage Lottery Funded project and celebrate the contributions of both volunteers and the people who have shared their stories through oral histories and community reporting in Greater Manchester and South Wales.

Friday 2 and Saturday 3 March

Drop-in, interactive performances will bring NHS stories to life. Devised and performed by Herizons creative women’s group, led by enJOY arts and singer-songwriter, Claire Mooney.

Students on the University of Manchester’s MA in Art Galleries and Museum Studies will showcase their NHS stories curated using objects from the University’s Museum of Medicine and Health.

Friends and family welcome!

Download the poster (PDF)

Whittingham Lives Study Day

Hidden Histories: Alternative Futures

Whittingham

Thursday 12th October 2017
10:30 – 18:00
53 Degrees, UCLAN
Brook St
Preston
PR1 7BQ

A thought-provoking day exploring the hidden histories of mental health care through the lens of Whittingham Asylum in Preston, Lancashire (1873–2016), once the largest mental health institution in Europe.

Heritage and medical humanities experts, mental health survivor groups and artists will share their current research and creative responses to the archival heritage of Whittingham. The study day will also showcase alternative ways of taking ownership and representing mental health history to uncover positive and alternative futures for those using services today.

10.30am–12pm Arts & Heritage interactive workshops limited places, booking essential: contact@whittinghamlives.org.uk

1pm–6pm Study Day

For more information please visit www.whittinghamlives.org.uk

To book the event:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/whittingham-lives-study-day-hidden-histories-alternative-futures-tickets-36869645101

Whittingham Lives are grateful for the support of:

The Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England, UNISON, Music & The Mind, The Friends of Lancashire Archives and our key partners UCLAN, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust and Lancashire Archives for funding and supporting this event.

 

Grant opportunities in Medical Humanities: a Q&A and advice session

Friday, 19 May 2017, 2 pm – 3 pm
University of Manchester, Simon Building, Room 2.57

Calling researchers and practitioners interested in the intersections of humanities, arts, biomedicine, health care, and the life sciences!

The Medical Humanities Laboratory invites you to a funding advice session.

Dr Dan O’Connor from the Wellcome Trust’s Humanities and Social Sciences Division will be discussing and answering questions about the Trust’s funding schemes.   An experienced university grant writer will also be available to give advice on planning and putting together successful applications.

Everyone is welcome, and early career researchers are especially encouraged to join us.

Tea and coffee provided from 1:45 pm for a 2 pm start.

RSVP and further details

Talk: Objects of Healing – nursing technologies of the First World War

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 5:30pm – 7pm
Kanaris Lecture Theatre, Manchester Museum, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL

nurses

Christine Hallett, Professor of Nursing History at the University of Manchester and President of the European Association for the History of Nursing will use objects from the Museum of Medicine and Health to examine and highlight some of the most important tools and technologies used by nurses to heal the wounds sustained by combatants on the battlefields of the First World War. This talk will focus, in particular, on the use of Carrel Dakin wound irrigation technique – a method for delivering the powerful antiseptic, sodium hypochlorite, into deep, infected combat wounds.

This event is open to all, for all backgrounds and ages and no prior knowledge assumed.

Register here

Database of interests and projects

We launched the Medical Humanities Laboratory last year to create an interdisciplinary virtual home for interests and activities in the arts and humanities focusing on issues related to health and medicine in Manchester and the North-West – in research, teaching, writing, art, performance, public engagement, and other related fields.

We have since held a number of events aimed to showcase such activities, and to network and get to know each other.

We have also featured activities that some of us are engaged with on this website.

The ultimate purpose all this is to facilitate future collaborations, ideally leading to a big collaborative funding bid. In order to prepare for such collaborative projects, we are planning to set up a simple database, enabling those of us thinking about funding applications or other collaborative activities to find potential partners with related or complementary interests.

Would you like to be included? Then please fill in this simple MS Word questionnaire:

This should not take you longer than 10 to 15 minutes. Completed questionnaires should be emailed to Dr Marion Endt-Jones: marionendtjones@gmail.com