Risk and Regulation at the Interface of Medicine and the Arts

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of Risk and Regulation at the Interface of Medicine and the Arts: Dangerous Currents, due out on 1st March, 2017, edited by Alan Bleakley, Larry Lynch and Gregg Whelan.

This book brings together an edited selection of presentations from the Association for Medical Humanities annual conference 2015, held at Dartington Hall, UK, that address the question: How might innovative performing arts help to develop medical education and practice? It includes papers and accounts of both keynote talks and performances, presenting cutting-edge activity, thinking and research in the medical and health humanities. The volume also offers an archive of a visual arts exhibition focused on surgical themes that ran in conjunction with the conference.

“I have the highest praise and respect for the team at Cambridge Scholars Publishing who recently steered through an edited collection of papers from a medical humanities conference. I had expert help on layout and jacket design, with minimal interference on the text. The result is excellent and I encourage academics to send their proposals to Cambridge Scholars for a swift and professional decision. This press is really making a mark.”

Professor Alan Bleakley

The list of chapters and contributors can be seen below.


Chapter 1: Refiguring Risk in Medicine and Healthcare: Crafting Wild Narratives (Jennifer Patterson)

Part I: Selected Keynotes

Chapter 2: The Chances (Alphonso Lingis)

Chapter 3: False Truths (A Conversation between David Cotterrell and Roger Kneebone)

Chapter 4: Arts-based Learning in Medical Education: The Risks (Allan Peterkin and Suzy Willson)

Part II: Performances

Chapter 5: It’s Good to Breathe In (This Devon Air) (Martin O’Brien); How to See Pain (Caroline Wellbery); Through the Champagne Glass, or, What Has Radical Arts to do With Medicine? (Neville Chiavaroli)

Chapter 6: Preface to Hardy Animal (Laura Dannequin)

Chapter 7: Titillation (Emily Underwood-Lee)

Chapter 8: The Hauntologies of Clinical and Artistic Practice (Joanne ‘Bob’ Whalley and Lee Miller)

Part III: Histories

Chapter 9: Norm and Deviations: Neoclassicism and Anatomical Illustration in Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Britain (Allister Neher)

Chapter 10: Art as Resistance to Death (Vassilka Nikolova)

Chapter 11: ‘Through Vast Realms of Air’: The Poetry of Francis St Vincent Morris (Paul Dakin)

Part IV: For Some, Just Living is a Risk

Chapter 12: Haiti’s Suffering Body: Medical Themes in Jacmel’s Kanaval (Bridget MacDonald)

Chapter 13: ‘Liminal Identities’ and Power Struggles: Reflections on the Regulation of Everyday Foodways at a Homeless Centre and the Use of Creative Participatory Research as a Tool of Empowerment and Resistance (Julie Parsons and Clare Pettinger)

Chapter 14: Medical Humanities Generation Gap (Sangeetha Saunder)

Chapter 15: ‘Fowl Language’: A Medical-Humanities Conversation (Andrew N. Williams and Nicola Scudamore)

Part V: Exhibition: At the Sharp End of Bluntness

Chapter 16: At the Sharp End of Bluntness (Sue Bleakley, David Cotterrell, Ruwanthie De Chickera and Martin O’Brien)

About the Editors

Alan Bleakley is Emeritus Professor of Medical Education and Medical Humanities at Plymouth University Peninsula School of Medicine, UK, and Invited Member at the Wilson Centre at the University of Toronto. He is a leading international figure in both medical education and the medical humanities, and the author and editor of fourteen books, including Thinking with Metaphors in Medicine: Re-shaping Clinical Work (2017), and many peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. He was President of the Association for Medical Humanities from 2013 to 2016.

Larry Lynch is Director of Education and Co-Executive Director of the Belarus Free Theatre, an award-winning, independent company committed to producing, educating and campaigning in the fields of the arts, internationalism, and social justice. He is a Dartington graduate who facilitated the transfer of Dartington’s widely admired education programmes in the performing arts to Falmouth University, UK.

Gregg Whelan is Professor of Performance at Falmouth University, UK. He formed the performance company Lone Twin with Gary Winters in 1997, and it has grown to encompass a theatre production company and a community projects arm, producing an ever-diverse range of works for stage, studio and public space.

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