Blog posts

Five breathtaking years

As the project ends, lead researchers Jane Macnaughton and Havi Carel reflect on five years of Life of Breath.

(Mc)Mindfulness and the politics of breath

Chloe Asker, PhD student at the University of Exeter, considers the quiet activism of ‘just’ breathing. Over the course of…

Mindful Yoga videos

In 2019 our researcher Krzysztof Bierski coordinated a participatory research programme called Movement Playground. The sessions, held at Mindful Therapies…

‘She’s Breathing’ a poem by Alexandra Pârvan

While visiting the University of Bristol and working alongside Havi Carel and the Bristol team, Alexandra Pârvan was inpired to…

Publications and other Outputs

Dance for people with chronic breathlessness: a transdisciplinary approach to intervention development (Harrison et al, 2020)

Dance is fun, social and improves fitness, making it a promising form of exercise for people experiencing breathlessness.

Objects of safety and imprisonment (Binnie et al, 2020)

Exploring the conscious and unconscious relationships that people who experience breathlessness have with their health objects.

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Breath, Body and World (2020)

This special breath-themed issue of the journal Body and Society explores breath as a neglected topic within body studies.

X-rays don’t tell lies (McGuire, 2019)

The British Medical Research Council’s medical surveys of the South Wales collieries represent a key conflict between standardization and individuals’…

Life of Breath Podcast Episodes

Life of Breath
Life of Breath
The invisibility of breathlessness: physiology, perceptions and politics
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  • The invisibility of breathlessness: physiology, perceptions and politics

    The invisibility of breathlessness: physiology, perceptions and politics

    Mar 17, 2017 • 21:57

    Jane Macnaughton discusses why breathlessness is an invisible symptom, why the people who experience it can be invisible in society and how this is hampering the battle against lung disease.

  • Living with Breathlessness, Learning from Experience

    Living with Breathlessness, Learning from Experience

    May 23, 2017 • 23:40

    SUBSCRIBE: iTunes | Stitcher | Pocket Casts | RSS    Discover the work our researchers are doing to try and...

  • Letter to your Breath

    Letter to your Breath

    Jun 16, 2017 • 24:37

      If you were invited to write a letter to your breath, what would you say? Bristol anthropologist Alice Malpass...

  • 10 Years Smoke Free

    10 Years Smoke Free

    Jun 29, 2017 • 14:17

      On 1st July 2007 England banned smoking in enclosed public places. Although contentious at the time it has gone...

  • It Felt Like Drowning

    It Felt Like Drowning

    Jul 25, 2017 • 22:40

      ‘It Felt Like Drowning’ is the winner of our recent Inspired musical composition competition. Entrants were invited to attend...

  • To Breathe Ourselves into Some Other Lungs

    To Breathe Ourselves into Some Other Lungs

    Sep 22, 2017 • 19:58

      A cappella singing, a lone rower in the Pacific Ocean, fungal spores, clairvoyance and a baby’s cries…what could possibly...

  • Under The Surface

    Under The Surface

    Oct 18, 2017 • 14:23

    Under the Surface is a choral piece composed by Toby Young which was specially commissioned for, and premiered at, the...

  • Breath, Pulse and Measure

    Breath, Pulse and Measure

    Jan 17, 2018 • 26:37

    In his manifesto ‘Projective Verse’ (1950) the poet Charles Olson proposed a new view of poetic structure based on the...

  • Breath in Visual Art

    Breath in Visual Art

    Feb 13, 2018 • 20:25

    ‘Art changes human experience as it reorders our perceptions and engages our emotions’ (Starr, 2013) Artist Jayne Wilton has spent...

  • Breath in Classical Singing

    Breath in Classical Singing

    Feb 19, 2019 • 23:19

    “Breath is the beginning and end of what we do as classical singers” Miranda Wright In this episode we turn...