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Welcome to the Institute for Medical Humanities

We conduct interdisciplinary research into what we call 'hidden experience' and investigate experiences of health and illness which are marginalised, difficult, unspeakable, unacknowledged, or invisible.

Our aim is to transform knowledge within and beyond the critical medical humanities, improve health policy and practice, and benefit the lives of communities and individuals.

See our Research
Inter-disciplinary investigations span all three university faculties and include colleagues from English Studies, Theology, History, Geography, Anthropology, Sociology and Sport and Exercise Science
Research projects on topics including trauma, post-natal depression, addiction, deafness, dreams, hallucinations, touch, memory, weather, menopause, and anxiety
Generously supported by Wellcome as a centre for excellence in the study of health through the humanities and social sciences
Close collaboration with similar centres in Edinburgh, Exeter and Oxford
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Our People

Meet our inter-disciplinary team of experts.

Our People Our Advisory Board

Latest news

Commendation for Writer-in-Residence Programme

Northumberland poet Christy Ducker appointed as Writer-in-Residence.
Writer in residence

Thinking Through Things: Object Encounters in the Medical Humanities

We are delighted to be hosting this one-year Wellcome-funded project, led by Dr Fiona Johnston
One of the halls of the Wellcome Collection in London
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The Polyphony

Our blog, The Polyphony, aims to stimulate, catalyse, provoke, expand and intensify conversations in the critical medical humanities. It is a relaunch and reinvention of the Centre for Medical Humanities blog, which has served the field since 2010.

Read The Polyphony blog

Get in touch

For general enquiries, please contact us using the email address below.

Institute for Medical Humanities

Durham University

Caedmon Building

Leazes Road



T. +44 (0)191 334 8277