Catch Your Breath Online Exhibition

Stop where you are and take a deep breath.How does it feel?What does it make you think?How many breaths have…

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Disrupted breath, songlines of breathlessness (Malpass, Dodd, Feder, et al., 2019)

A ‘songline’ is a song used within Australian Aboriginal culture as a way to navigate across the land… Health research…

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Movement, stasis and interoception: unsettling the body

14-17 August 2018, Stockholm Life of Breath team members Jane Macnaughton and Andrew Russell will be joined by Anna Harris (Maastricht…

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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,…

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Epistemic Petrification Conference

EPISTEMIC PETRIFICATION CONFERENCE 2-3 July 2018, University of Bristol Location: Wills Physics Laboratory, Room 3.34, Tyndall Avenue, BS8 1TL Organisers: Havi Carel (Bristol), Robbie…

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Medievalism and the Medical Humanities

Some may wonder why our project includes the consideration of medieval thoughts and practices relating to the breath. What can…

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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…

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Breath, Flight and Atmosphere: The Theme of Air in British Culture

26 June 2017, Bristol As part of this interdisciplinary symposium, Jane Macnaughton and Jayne Wilton will explore the ways in…

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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…

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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…

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The Restricto-Box: Research without Borders

Life of Breath PhD student Tina Williams writes: The 2017 Research Without Borders Festival showcase exhibition ran at Bristol’s Colston…

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Breathless in Bristol (3)

Please note that audio files of all the talks given at this conference will be available shortly. Life of Breath…

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Breath Control

Breath Control

23 March 2017, Cambridge Artist Caroline Wright has made a successful application to Arts Council England, in collaboration with Cambridge…

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The invisibility of breathlessness: physiology, perceptions and politics

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.

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A Painful Silence: bringing domestic violence into conversation

The header image shows a representation of the three wise monkeys, see no evil, hear no evil and speak no…

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A phenomenology of illness

Life of Breath PI Havi Carel writes: The experience of illness is a universal and substantial part of human existence….

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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…

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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…

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The First and Last Breath: reflections from palliative & neonatal care

Kate Binnie, yoga teacher and music therapist, writes:  In his brilliant book Being Mortal (2015) Atul Gawande calls for all…

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Arthur’s ‘labouring of the lungs’ in Tennyson’s Idylls of the King

Elsa Hammond is a PhD candidate at the University of Bristol, working on breath and death in the poetry of…

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Metaphysics and Heavy Breathing (or Tippett’s Fourth Symphony)

Composer Toby Young writes: Tippett’s Fourth Symphony is a vast and complex tone poem, concerned with life, death and the…

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Drawing Breath

Throughout 2016 The Lancet Respiratory Medicine journal will feature the work of Jayne Wilton, visual artist and Life of Breath project…

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Near-death experiences: mortality at Medicine Unboxed

Kate Binnie writes about the recent Medicine Unboxed conference (November 18th-20th, Cheltenham). Next year’s conference is on the theme of wonder…

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‘I need security to survive’

Kate Binnie, yoga teacher and music therapist, shares a memory of a hospice patient: Paula wakes early every day and…

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