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

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Reading Breath in Literature (Rose et al, 2019)

Reading Breath in Literature (Rose et al, 2019)

At a key moment in Hamlet’s duel with Laertes, Gertrude cries out that Hamlet ‘is fat and scant of breath’ (5.2.287). Was Hamlet fat, we may ask, as we recall the more memorable Hamlets, cinematic and dramatic? It depends, some … Read more…

“Letter to my Breath” at Fun Palaces, Bristol

“Letter to my Breath” at Fun Palaces, Bristol

Life of Breath collaborator Elspeth Penny writes about her experience facilitating a “Letter to my Breath” workshop at Barton Hill Settlement in Bristol as part of Fun Palaces 2018…  It’s like a present when I’m invited to run a workshop, … Read more…

“Breathe Happy, Breathe Healthy” Bristol mural installation

“Breathe Happy, Breathe Healthy” Bristol mural installation

As part of the Fun Palaces campaign in October this year, Life of Breath collaborated with local Bristol artist Sophie Rae and the children of Shirehampton Primary School to create a breathing-themed mural. Sophie writes about the 5 days she … Read more…

Breathing through oxygen technology in Uruguay and South Africa: A new publication by Dr. Megan Wainwright

Breathing through oxygen technology in Uruguay and South Africa: A new publication by Dr. Megan Wainwright

Life of Breath collaborator Dr. Megan Wainwright introduces her new paper “Exploring ambivalent human-oxygen technology-world relations through the lens of Postphenomenlogy” published in the Journal of Material Culture as part of a special issue on Ambivalent Objects in Global Health (Eds. … Read more…

Phenomenology’s contribution to health and illness

Phenomenology’s contribution to health and illness

A new book on phenomenology and illness entitled Existential Medicine: Essays on Health and Illness is now out, with a chapter by Life of Breath Principle Investigator Havi Carel and PhD student Tina Williams. The book’s editor, Professor Kevin Aho, is the author of Existentialism: An Introduction, Heidegger’s … Read more…

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