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Our thanks to the Arts and Humanities Research Council for funding the Madness and Literature Network. Each year the AHRC provides funding from the Government to support research and postgraduate study in the arts and humanities, from archaeology and English literature to design and dance. The range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK. Further information on the AHRC is available on their website.

This project builds on a current project with The Leverhulme Trust on the representation of madness in post-war British and American Fiction. Membership to the Madness and Literature Network is free - Please register under ‘New User Registration’. Benefits of membership include the possibility of attending our invitation-only seminars, being kept fully informed of developments in the broad field of Health Humanities here at Nottingham, and the opportunity to submit fully peer-reviewed book reviews to our database, which will be accredited to the submitting reviewer.

Please note, you are welcome to use these resources and the website for teaching or other purposes, however please do drop us a line and let us know how you are finding the site, or any suggestions you may have for improvements. charlotte.l.baker@nottingham.ac.uk. Thank you.

Bibliography of First-Person Narratives of Madness in English (5th edition)

The 5th edition of the Bibliography of First-Person Narratives of Madness in English is available for download (PDF)

1st International Health Humanities Conference: Madness and Literature was held at Nottingham 6th - 8th August 2010

1st International Health Humanities Conference: Madness and Literature was held at Nottingham 6th - 8th August 2010. See 'Seminars and Conference' for further details.

1st International Health Humanities Conference: Madness and Literature - Conference Programme

Revealing Read

98 Reasons for Being

By Clare Dudman

Review

This well researched historical novel examines asylum care in the 19th century. The central character, Hannah, is admitted with nymphomania, and Dudman’s first-person narration allows access to Hannah’s confused and frightened inner landscape.  A range of other characters demonstrate illnesses that now have very different clinical formulations – or indeed are not seen as pathological at all – such as General Paralysis of the Insane, Mutism and gender identity disorders.  Dudman also documents a range of early treatments with detailed historical accuracy, including wet packs and early ECT.

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The School of English Studies
in collaboration with the Schools of Nursing and Sociology and Social Policy

MA in Health Communication
(by web-based distance learning)

Meeting the challenges of communication - The MA programme in Health Communication provides a unique opportunity to investigate language and communication in various health care contexts. The course gives students a thorough grounding in the concepts, theories and research methods used in this area.

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Events

  • International Health Humanities Conference 2014

    5th - 7th September, 2014, University of Nottingham, UK

    Traumatextualities

    Trauma in the clinical, arts and humanities contexts

    Following the huge success of the 2010 and 2012 IHHN conferences in Nottingham and New Jersey (USA), Nottingham Health Humanities and the ICSPCRR (International Consortium for the Study of Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Reconciliation) are pleased to announce the 3rd IHHN conference, to be held in Nottingham.

    With the centenary of WW1, the occasion to reflect on the broader realities of conflicts and their traumas is of paramount importance. We are looking for papers that will engage with the topics of war, conflict, trauma, PTSD, among others, in a diverse array of contexts, past or present, military and non-military. Papers should have an interdisciplinary approach and serve as the interface between Health and Humanities contexts.

    Keynote Speakers

    • Prof. Peter Meineck (NY University)
    • TBA

    Contact details

    Ricardo Rato Rodrigues
    Charley Baker
    Ihhnconference2014@gmail.com

    Call for Papers

    We seek submission of abstracts for 20-30 minutes presentations, 1hour symposia, poster presentations on, but not limited to: Trauma in Literature and the arts/ PTSD/ History of Conflict and War/ Individual experiences