Joanna Bourke- The Story of Pain, From Prayer to Painkillers

The Story of Pain From Prayer to Painkillers

The Story of Pain, From Prayer to Painkillers / by Joanna Bourke.

“The story of pain and suffering since the eighteenth century Addresses the big questions about the experience and nature of suffering – and how to respond to it. Charts how our understanding of pain has changed completely over the last three centuries – from positive function to ultimate evil. A fascinating investigation for the 21st century reader into how we have coped with suffering in the past – both our own suffering and that of the ones we love.”  Oxford University Press

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Creative Dialogues: Narrative and Medicine

Creative Dialogues:Isabel Fernandes, Cecilia Beecher Martins, Amândio Reis, Zuzanna SanchesThe anthology to which some of the group members contributed, Creative Dialogues; Narrative and Medicine (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015), has just come out. You can have a look at it in:

http://www.cambridgescholars.com/creative-dialogues

I want to thank Isabel Fernandes from the University of Lisbon Center for English Studies (ULICES), chief editor of the anthology, for having included some of the texts from our first conference in Luxembourg (2009). I also attended the fascinating and pioneering Lisbon conference which gave rise to this volume. And based on the conferences and written outcome, I strongly invite you to read the very thoughtful and deep texts enclosed.

 

At the Edge of Being: The Aporia of Pain

Edited by Heather McKenzie, John Quintner and Gillian Bendelow

ISBN: 978-1-84888-115-0

{Website: interdisciplinarypress.net }

This book represents a challenge to the influential medico-political discourse that seeks to classify and manage chronic pain as if it were a disease in its own right, while at the same time preserving its status as a symptom. The chapters in this volume confront this view with timely reminders that pain as lived experience remains an elusive and puzzling phenomenon (an APORIA) that cannot be better understood by putting aside its phenomenology and simplifying what is left to fit a metaphorical pigeon-hole as a distinct biomedical disease entity.

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This book represents a challenge to the influential medico-political discourse that seeks to classify and manage chronic pain as if it were a disease in its own right, while at the same time preserving its status as a symptom. The chapters in this volume confront this view with timely reminders that pain as lived experience remains an elusive and puzzling phenomenon (an APORIA) that cannot be better understood by putting aside its phenomenology and simplifying what is left to fit a metaphorical pigeon-hole as a distinct biomedical disease entity. The authors amply demonstrate that there are other useful frames of reference with equal or even better claims to both legitimacy and usefulness. Readers will be encouraged to contemplate the aporia in different contexts and expressed through a variety of experiences.

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Article in “Le Jeudi”

La douleur et la souffrance ne se comprennent pas de la même manière selon que l’on vit en Europe ou en Asie‭, ‬mais aussi selon son domaine de compétences‭, ‬que l’on soit philosophe ou neuroscientifique‭.‬ La philosophe‭, ‬le Dr Smadar Bustan‭, ‬de l’université du Luxembourg‭, ‬est‭ ‬à‭ ‬l’origine de la création d’un groupe pluridisciplinaire de chercheurs internationaux d’horizons et compétences variés‭,‬ qui doivent construire des ponts entre des approches différentes de ces expériences communes‭ ‬à‭ ‬tous les Hommes‭.‬..

Download the article: Le Jeudi

The Baby and his Family – new perspectives of care

A conference, in French, with the participation of Denis Mellier :

En occident, la tendance à l’individualisme, les transformations de la structure familiale, la mobilité sociale et l’urbanisation aboutissent au fait que les parents sont de plus en plus nombreux à se retrouver isolés de leur famille après la naissance de leur bébé. Ils peuvent alors se sentir très seuls pour faire face aux attentes, anxiétés et tâtonnements bien légitimes avec un nouveau-né. Cette situation, relativement nouvelle dans l’humanité, pourrait avoir des répercutions autant sur le « devenir parent » que le « devenir bébé » et les perspectives de soin des professionnels. La place de la famille demande à être ainsi réévaluée pour comprendre les nouveaux enjeux de la parentalité, du développement et de la vie psychique du bébé.

Please see more information on the conference website: lebebeetsafamille.univ-fcomte.fr

Power of Literature and Human Rights

Marina Nemat on the Power of Literature and Human Rights at the LSE in LONDON. March 2nd, a free event, open to the public.

“Literature has a unique capacity to touch the hearts and minds and engage readers in a way that is distinctly different from political or academic texts. Can it play a role in exposing human rights violations? Should literature be ‘engaged’, and should authors take political or social stands? “

 Please see more information on the conference website:  www2.lse.ac.uk

Launch of the International Network for Narrative Medicine

Call for Papers: Launch of the International Network for Narrative Medicine

A Narrative Future for Health Care

Launch of the International Network for Narrative Medicine

Co-Sponsored by the Centre for the Humanities and Health at King’s College London

and The Program in Narrative Medicine, Columbia University, New York

June 19-21, 2013

At King’s Guy’s Hospital Campus, London

Humanities scholars, social scientists and clinicians are learning to write and read clinical discourse in ways that take account of developing narratological thinking in literature, philosophy and ethics. They have started to recognize and describe narrative impulse, shape, and techniques in clinical conversations, observations and illness-related life-writings of patients, care-givers and writers. Narrative medicine has emerged from elements of literary theory, cultural studies, creative writing and artistic practice, disability studies, narrative ethics, and history of medicine, which intersect with the professional disciplines of nursing, social work, medicine, and the psychotherapies.

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