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…

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…

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…

Why is breathlessness invisible?

This is the first of a series of responses to the British Lung Foundation‘s Battle for Breath report. Join us on Twitter to discuss the issues, Thursday 24 November 2016, 12:00GMT #breathreport. Our principal investigator Prof Jane Macnaughton writes: Lung disease kills one … Read more…

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…

Breathing and Breathlessness in Clinic & Culture

Our PIs, Jane Macnaughton and Havi Carel have contributed a chapter on breathing and breathlessness to a new book, ‘The Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities’, in which expert contributors from around the world map out the field of the critical … Read more…

Way up high

Rainbow

Jess Farr-Cox (Project Manager, Bristol) writes: Our recent official launch of the project was in many ways a model of interdisciplinarity.[1] The team is diverse and large, which gives us a richness of perspective, but also creates difficulties in how … Read more…

‘An ongoing presence’

Sky

Newly-appointed PhD student on the Life of Breath project Tina Williams writes: The patient experiences her illness from within, as a transforming experience impacting all dimensions of life […] She does not compartmentalise the disease, nor does she understand it … Read more…