Exploring breathing and breathlessness at the interface between arts, humanities and medical practice

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Illness as transformative experience

Illness as transformative experience

Life of Breath PI Havi Carel, Ian James Kidd (University of Nottingham) and Richard Pettigrew (University of Bristol) have a paper entitled ‘Illness as transformative experience‘ in the most recent issue of the Lancet. They argue, among other things, that the transformative … Read more…

‘Don’t drink the water and don’t breathe the air!’

‘Don’t drink the water and don’t breathe the air!’

David Scoins (lifelong runner, sometime sports teacher) spent seven years in China; a year or more in each of Xi’an, Nanjing, Beijing and Guangzhou, and shorter periods in other cities. The smallest of these cities has a population far bigger than … Read more…

Can We Learn From Suffering?

Can We Learn From Suffering?

Life of Breath PI Professor Havi Carel will be speaking at the Wolfson Theatre, London School of Economics on October 24th, 6pm, on whether suffering can be a learning experience and thus have meaning. ‘Can We Learn From Suffering?‘ is … Read more…

Breath in the technoscientific imaginary

Breath in the technoscientific imaginary

Here, Durham researcher Arthur Rose explores breath as a theme, metaphor and plot device in Science Fiction. Whether used to convey a sense of anticipation, otherness, or even signify life itself, breath is a common motif in artistic media. Drawing on Fahrenheit 451, Star … Read more…

Reflections on vaping 1: An introduction to the world of cloud-chasing

Reflections on vaping 1: An introduction to the world of cloud-chasing

This post is the first of a series on vaping and vape tricks by Rebecca Oxley, post-doctoral researcher in anthropology on the Life of Breath project. Rebecca is currently looking for people to share their stories about living with breathlessness.  E-cigarettes can make the breath … Read more…

Upcoming Events

Celebrate Science

Celebrate Science

25-27 Oct 2016, Durham … Read more…

Feel It Festival

Feel It Festival

17-20 Nov 2016, Bristol … Read more…

On Breath Conference

On Breath Conference

6-9 Jul 2017, Utrecht … Read more…