Welcome back to the Daily Dose and our new series: MedHum Mondays! Like the Fiction Reboot’s Friday Fiction Feature, this section will promote blogs, books, and papers (but from #medhum/medhist). I’ll also take this opportunity to introduce the MHM series editor, the talented Catherine Osborn, an anthropology graduate student and my editorial associate at the Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry journal. Now: on to the good stuff!
I have been lucky enough to work with Durham University’s Centre for Medical Humanities as a blogger from time to time. The Centre is devoted to a research programme exploring this relationship, with the generous support of a Wellcome Trust Medical Humanities Strategic Award. The research programme has four key themes of enquiry which, together, are planned to advance our understanding of medicine’s role in sustainable conceptions of human flourishing. Follow them on twitter, too!
Embodiment and Healing
Angela Martin is a cultural anthropologist, writer, and teacher. Her blog looks at “innate healing” through a different lens, that of the Embodied Self. It is the companion site for her new book, Healing the Embodied Self, Understanding Our Innate Ability to Heal due out in June. Like all good cultural-anthropological perspectives, this interdisciplinary model of health, illness, and healing challenges the authority of biomedicine and what we usually take for granted. Embodiment and Healing “has grown out of the idea that healing is a product of embodiment, or how experience ‘gets under the skin’ and becomes a part of us as we develop as biocultural beings (as beings equally the products of nature and nurture, biology and culture).” Follow on twitter here.
Nursing Clio is an open access, peer-reviewed, collaborative blog project that ties historical scholarship to present-day issues related to gender and medicine. Men’s and women’s bodies, their reproductive rights, and their healthcare are often at the center of social, cultural, and political debates. The mission of Nursing Clio is to provide a platform for historians, health care workers, community activists, students, and the public at large to engage in socio-political and cultural critiques of this ongoing and historical dialogue regarding the gendered body, the history of medicine, popular culture, current events, and other issues that catch our attention. Nursing Clio provides a coherent, intelligent, informative, and fun historical source for the consideration of these topics. Follow on twitter here.
We will have more for you next week, including a look at the value of satire from Nathaniel Comfort’s Genotopia!
More things to look forward to:
We will soon be rebooting the museum/library features and roundtables. Interested? Drop us a line (contact info available on the DailyDose main page).