breath

The Life of Breath: History, Texts, Contexts

10-12 July 2018, Durham Breathing is a basic physiological process, yet also has deep cultural, spiritual and personal meaning. However, although breath and breathing are such resonant and urgent subjects, they have never been the subject of systematic cultural or … Read more…

On Breath Conference

6-9 Jul 2017, Utrecht Deadline for proposals: 31 August 2016 Arthur Rose (Durham University) and Stefanie Heine (University of Toronto), are organising ‘On Breath’ on behalf of the American Comparative Literature Association. Questions they hope to address include, but are not restricted … Read more…

Breath Lab: Lost in Translation

24 May 2017, Durham Breath Lab is an experiment; a discussion forum which brings people together to think differently about breathing, breathlessness and respiratory health. Convened by the Life of Breath research team, our first workshop will explore the language … Read more…

Inspired: Concert and Masterclass

Bones Apart

28 April 2017, Bristol In late 2016 Bristol music students were invited to compose a breathing-related piece for the acclaimed trombone quartet Bones Apart. You can hear the premier of the winning composition ‘It Felt Like Drowning’ by Elan Higeuras … Read more…

Breathless in Bristol (3)

Magritte

Please note that audio files of all the talks given at this conference will be available shortly. Life of Breath PhD student Tina Williams writes: On the 16th and 17th March, The University of Bristol hosted a conference on phenomenology, anxiety … Read more…

Breath Control

Breath Control

23 March 2017, Cambridge Artist Caroline Wright has made a successful application to Arts Council England, in collaboration with Cambridge Junction and Life of Breath academic Prof. Gene Feder, a GP with a particular interest in lung conditions. Caroline describes her … Read more…

Phenomenology, anxiety and breath

Magritte

16-17 March 2016, Bristol This two-day conference will include papers on Thursday from Dylan Trigg (‘The phenomenology of anxiety’), Michael Lewis (‘Breath in the history of philosophy’), Tina Williams (‘Twenty years too soon: Anxiety in theory and practice’), Magdalena Górska (‘Ambivalences: Political Significance of Anxious Breathing’) … Read more…

Breathe Easy Durham Dales at Breathing Space

Bev Wears and Rebecca Oxley

The header photograph was taken by Paul Waine, and shows Bev Wears of the British Lung Foundation and Rebecca Oxley, post-doctoral researcher on the Life of Breath. Paul is a member of Breathe Easy Durham Dales, and has written a poem … Read more…

Restoring Breath: Questions, medical advancements and the importance of bystander participation

Bleeding hearts

Tina Williams, PhD student on the Life of Breath project, writes a post prompted by the inaugural lecture of Prof. Jerry Nolan (audio recording now available), Honorary Professor of Resuscitation Medicine in the School of Clinical Sciences, University of Bristol: Loss. … Read more…