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…

Raptures of the Deep (Free-diving Film Night)

Free diving

23 November 2017, Durham Free-divers can seem like super humans. They have extraordinary, seemingly implausible, control over their bodies, particularly their breathing, and offer a fascinating insight into the connection between mind and body. A series of short films featuring … Read more…

Dear Breath! Creative Writing Workshop

19 Nov 2017, Bristol Join Elspeth Penny, an arts and health specialist interested in using creative approaches to living well with breathlessness, Dr Alice Malpass from the Wellcome Trust funded Life of Breath project and Louise Jenkins, an artist who … Read more…

Curious about breath at the Oxford Curiosity Carnival

Music therapist and writer Kate Binnie writes:  Friday 29th September saw Oxford’s City Centre transformed by the Curiosity Carnival. This University-organised event sought to bring together researchers across fields of study to share knowledge, answer questions, and interact in creative ways with … Read more…

Curiosity Carnival

Curiosity Carnival

29 Sep 2017, Oxford Our collaborators at Breathe Oxford will be bringing breathing and breathless on the streets of Oxford as part of the city-wide Curiosity Carnival. The Curiosity Carnival is a chance to find out what research is really all … Read more…

Lost in Translation? Exploring the language of breathlessness

Sponge

Life of Breath post-doctoral researcher Rebecca Oxley writes: ‘Breath Lab’ is designed as a living experiment to promote discussion around a central theme relating to breath, breathing and breathlessness. The aim is not to discuss key research findings, but rather … Read more…

Sensations and Symptoms Conference Panel

5-7 July 2017, Portugal Life of Breath PhD student Fredrik Nyman and Durham anthropologist Christina Dobson are coordinating a panel at the EASA Medical Anthropology Biannual Conference Network Meeting: Bodies in Transition — Power, Knowledge and Medical Anthropology The panel, … Read more…

Medicine and the Senses

1 June 2017, Leeds Prof Jane Macnaughton will be the keynote speaker at this one-day event, discussing ‘Sensation and the symptom: understanding the ‘feeling’ of breathlessness’. The symposium is interdisciplinary in spirit, with papers from a wide range of disciplines, … Read more…

Breath Lab: Lost in Translation

24 May 2017, Newcastle 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…

The Restricto-Box: Research without Borders

Restricto-Box

Life of Breath PhD student Tina Williams writes: The 2017 Research Without Borders Festival showcase exhibition ran at Bristol’s Colston Hall on May 12th. I, along with ninety-nine other research students, took part in this engaging research exhibition, with the aim … 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…

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…

Battle for Breath Twitter Chat

24 Nov 2016, Online Earlier this year the British Lung Foundation published ‘The Battle for Breath’, a rallying call which exposes shocking inequalities and slow progress in tackling lung disease. In response, Life of Breath team members and BLF’s Head of Research, … Read more…

Inspiring change: humanities and social science insights into the experience and management of breathlessness

Durham team members Rebecca Oxley and Jane Macnaughton argue that, in order to treat breathlessness more effectively, we need a greater understanding of how it feels to be breathless and how this experience may be communicated. In particular they explore the differences between the way … Read more…