#Conference: #Medical #Humanities: (In)Visibility; On-Line 21-23 April @nnmhrmed

Hosted by Durham’s Institute for Medical Humanities, the 4th Annual Congress of the Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research will be held online Wednesday 21 April to Friday 23 April 2021.

The event will be the most comprehensive platform for medical humanities research ever staged.

Web: https://nnmhr2021.org/

Twitter: #NNMHR2021 https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NNMHR2021&src=typeahead_click

With a theme of (In)Visibility, the Congress features more than fifty sessions, four keynote speakers and 170 presenters from across the globe. Cross-cutting themes include ageing, COVID-19, creative methodologies, disability, education, gender and sexuality, inequalities, maternity and childbirth, mental health, narrative, race, shame and stigma, and visual culture.

The congress is free to attend and registrations are open herehttps://nnmhr2021.org/

Please do share these details widely with your networks, colleagues and students.

Four key themes are highlighted by our keynote speakers as follows:

Shame and Stigma

Bettina Bildhauer’s ( https://risweb.st-andrews.ac.uk/portal/en/persons/bettina-m-bildhauer(2f6cf901-fc78-4f75-9146-14869ecfa577).html ) opening keynote address on Wednesday 21 April (12 BST) takes as its focus women’s historical and persistent hiding of menstruation. Five panels over the three days also highlight themes of shame and stigma, across subjects as varied as female breast loss, medically unexplained illness and mental health. Read Bettina’s pre-congress interview with The Polyphony here



COVID-19 is the focus of Felicity Callard’s ( https://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/ges/staff/felicitycallard/ ) keynote on Thursday 22 April (12 BST), in particular the emergence and recognition of Long Covid. Eight panels feature COVID-19, ranging from invisibility of symptoms and vulnerability to issues of health justice and stigma, across a range of settings and institutions. Read Felicity’s paper “How and why patients made Long Covid” here https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277953620306456


Jules Netherland’s ( https://urlproxy.sunet.se/canit/urlproxy.php?_q=aHR0cDovL3d3dy5qdWxpZWNuZXRoZXJsYW5kLmNvbS8%3D&_s=aGFubmFoLmJyYWRieUBzb2MudXUuc2U%3D&_c=14d564ab&_r=dXUtc2U%3D ) keynote on the afternoon of Thursday 22 April (16:30 BST) addresses the racialisation of the opioid epidemic, specifically the role played by whiteness and white supremacy in response to this crisis. Panels exploring race include coloniality and health inequities among Native American populations, indigenous concepts of health and healing in Australia and New Zealand, and racist constructs within recruitment practices. Read Jules’ pre-congress interview with The Polyphony here https://thepolyphony.org/2021/03/30/drug-addiction-science-and-policy-introducing-jules-netherland/


Jaipreet Virdi ( https://jaivirdi.com/ ) presents the closing keynote address on the afternoon of Friday 23 April (16:30 BST), drawing on material and visual culture to examine design trends and invisibility in hearing aids. Panels on disability cover a wide range of issues, including media discourse and lived experience of prosthesis, challenging the illusion of the normative body and aspects of disability in Greek mythology and science fiction. Read Jaipreet’s pre-congress interview with The Polyphony here https://thepolyphony.org/2021/04/06/deafness-history-and-material-culture-introducing-jaipreet-virdi/

We look forward to welcoming you to the Congress https://nnmhr2021.org/

Register now at https://nnmhr2021.org/

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Supported by the Wellcome Trust.

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