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Call for Stories: “Uncertainty in Medicine”

19 February 2024

Our friends at The Nocturnists are collecting stories for a new podcast series on “Uncertainty in Medicine”, a topic that “goes largely unacknowledged in medical training, as recognizing it can feel taboo or problematic.” See their Call for Stories below….


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NEW VISITING RESEARCHER: FRED COOPER

24 January 2024

We are delighted to welcome Dr Fred Cooper, University of Bristol, to the Shame and Medicine Project as an Honorary Research Fellow until January 2025. Fred is a historian of medicine at @BristolUniLaw and is presently working on loneliness and epistemic…

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NEW ARTICLE: Shame, health literacy and consent

11 January 2024

Lyons B, Dolezal L. Shame, health literacy and consent. Clinical Ethics. 2023;0(0). DOI: 10.1177/14777509231218203 Abstract This paper is particularly concerned with shame, sometimes considered the ‘master emotion’, and its possible role in affecting the consent process, specifically where that shame relates to…

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Call for Patients

20 November 2023

                             

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NEW: GRAPHIC MEDICINE PIECES

4 October 2023
We are delighted to share our latest Graphic Medicine pieces. Experiences of shame are powerful, deeply held, and infrequently shared; finding the words to describe them can be difficult.  The Shame Space, in collaboration with the Shame and Medicine Project,...Read full article


British Festival of Science: Shame in Medicine – The Lost Forest

13 September 2023
The Shame and Medicine Project was delighted to be part of the 2023 British Festival of Science. We held an interactive art exhibition at St Pancras Church in the Guildhall Shopping Centre on Friday 8th September 2023 and showcased The...Read full article


NEW ARTICLE: Emotions of the pandemic: phenomenological perspectives

16 August 2023

Dolezal, L., Ratcliffe, M. Emotions of the pandemic: phenomenological perspectives. Phenom Cogn Sci (2023). Open Access. Abstract This article provides an introduction to the special issue “Emotions of the Pandemic: Phenomenological Perspectives”. We begin by outlining how phenomenological research can illuminate various forms…

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CALL FOR PAPERS – Shame, Loneliness, and the Body: Exploring Experiences of Shame and Loneliness in Health and Illness

25 July 2023

Shame, Loneliness, and the Body: Exploring Experiences of Shame and Loneliness in Health and Illness 20th October 2023, University of Bristol Experiences of shame and loneliness are near universal, yet have diverse causes and are experienced differently from person to…

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British Festival of Science

10 July 2023

We’re delighted to be part of the 2023 British Festival of Science. We will be at St Pancras Church in the Guildhall Shopping Centre on Friday 8th September – please come along and see us! We will showcase The Nocturnists‘,…

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Vote for Shame and the Pandemic Podcast!

4 July 2023

We need your help! VOTE for Shame and Medicine’s ‘Shame and the Pandemic‘ podcast in the British Podcast Listener Choice Awards! Produced by the Scenes of Shame and Stigma in COVID-19 project team alongside Volume and hosted by Paul McNally this…

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NLM Bookshelf Release: COVID-19 and Shame: Political Emotions and Public Health in the UK

27 June 2023

We are pleased to see the Scenes of Shame and Stigma in COVID-19 project team’s book COVID-19 and Shame: Political Emotions and Public Health in the UK featured in the National Library of Medicine    Cooper, F., Dolezal and, L.,…

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The Nocturnists Webinar: Shame in men in medicine – Wed 26 Apr – 09.00-10.30 EST

13 April 2023

In The Nocturnists, in collaboration with the Shame and Medicine project, shame podcast series, we were surprised—and even concerned—when only ~20% of submitted stories came from men in medicine. Dr Will Bynum, who has studied and presented widely on shame…

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Vote for us!

12 April 2023

Shame in Medicine: The Lost Forest, the 10-part audio documentary series produced by The Nocturnists in collaboration with the Shame and Medicine project has been nominated for a Webby Award! The podcast series is nominated in the category of Best…

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Visiting Researchers

30 March 2023

We are delighted to welcome two visiting researchers to the Shame and Medicine Project this year. Jenny Cunningham, Midwife and PhD student, Kingston University London. Jenny’s work focuses on weight stigma in maternity services. Read her blog post ‘Maternity care for…

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NEW ARTICLE: Shame, Guilt and Medical Error in Ann Patchett’s State of Wonder

27 March 2023

Dolezal, L and Rose, A., “Shame, Guilt, and Medical Error in Ann Patchett’s State of Wonder,” Literature and Medicine, vol. 40 no. 2, 2022, p. 326-345. Project MUSE Abstract: Through exploring the relation between shame, guilt, and medical error in Ann Patchett’s novel State…

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AWARD WINNING PODCAST SERIES

20 February 2023

We are so proud that Shame in Medicine: The Lost Forest, the 10-part audio documentary series produced by The Nocturnists in collaboration with the Shame and Medicine project, at the University of Exeter is now award-winning! Awarded a 2022 Sharp…

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NEW PODCAST SERIES: Shame and the Pandemic

14 February 2023

We are excited to announce the launch of a new podcast series “Shame and the Pandemic”, produced by Volume Podcasts and hosted by journalist Paul McNally. The 6-episode podcast series showcases the research of the ‘Scenes of Shame and Stigma…

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BOOK RELEASE: COVID-19 and Shame Political Emotions and Public Health in the UK

13 February 2023

We are excited to announce the publication of a new book: Covid-19 & Shame: Political Emotions & Public Health in the UK, by Fred Cooper, Luna Dolezal & Arthur Rose https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/covid19-and-shame-9781350283404/ Published 9 February, 2023, Bloomsbury Academic. Description This open…

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NEW ARTICLE: A Sartrean analysis of pandemic shaming

24 January 2023

Luna Dolezal and Arthur Rose turn to Jean-Paul Sartre to analyse the particular phenomenon of COVID-19 pandemic shaming. Abstract In this paper, we analyse the particular phenomena of COVID-19 pandemic shaming. We examine Sartre’s account of the undifferentiated other in the…

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NEW ARTICLE: The effects of shame and stigma on patient care

19 December 2022

Luna Dolezal’s editorial ‘The Effects of Shame and Stigma on Patient Care’ for the British Journal of Hospital Medicine looks at how stigma in healthcare has been associated with a range of negative outcomes, such as delays in seeking treatment, avoiding…

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‘Scenes of Shame and Stigma in COVID-19’ case study

13 December 2022

The AHRC funded Scenes of Shame and Stigma in COVID-19 research project, part of the Shame and Medicine project, is a featured case study for the Pandemic and Beyond Project. For further details visit The Pandemic and Beyond and read the the…

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NEW ARTICLE: The Horizons of Chronic Shame

18 October 2022

Shame and Medicine PI, Luna Dolezal’s article ‘The Horizons of Chronic Shame’ published in the Human Studies Journal is a Husserlian analysis of chronic shame, where shame is often experienced as a present absence. Abstract: Experiences of shame are not…

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NEW ARTICLE: Fat shaming under neoliberalism and COVID-19: Examining the UK’s Tackling Obesity campaign

3 October 2022

Luna Dolezal and Tanisha Spratt’s article ‘Fat shaming under neoliberalism and COVID-19: Examining the UK’s Tackling Obesity campaign’ published in the Sociology of Health & Illness Journal explores the dynamics between fat shaming, neoliberalism, ideological constructions of health and the ‘obesity…

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NEW ART EXHIBITION: NEEDLESTICK and SHAME SPIRAL

21 September 2022

The Shame and Medicine Project have collaborated with artists and academics to bring the phenomenology of shame to life and create resources that can be used in medical education. The Shame and Medicine Project and The Shame Conversation developed by…

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NEW PODCAST SERIES: Shame in Medicine: The Lost Forest

13 September 2022

“Shame in Medicine: The Lost Forest” is a 10-part audio documentary series produced by The Nocturnists in collaboration with the Shame and Medicine project at the University of Exeter. Drawing on the stories of over 200 healthcare workers across the…

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NEW ARTICLE: Shame Anxiety, stigma and clinical encounters

1 August 2022

Luna Dolezal’s latest article “Shame anxiety, stigma and clinical encounters” has been published in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. Read the abstract below and access the full article here. Stigma has been associated with delays in seeking treatment,…

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NEW ARTICLE: Beyond a trauma-informed approach and towards shame-sensitive practice

27 June 2022

“Shame has ruled my whole life” – Anonymous, trauma survivor “Trauma leads to shame. Trauma determines the content of shame. Shame pushes the body into a traumatic response. The more I learn about the two, the more I am convinced…

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Shame-Sensitive Public Health and COVID-19 Briefing

6 June 2022

The Scenes of Shame and Stigma in COVID-19 team have prepared a briefing, Shame-Sensitive Public Health and COVID-19, for the WHO Europe’s Behavioural and Cultural Insights Hub. Synthesising research from across the WHO European Region, the briefing makes the case…

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New Funding: Duke-Exeter Accelerator Grant

6 June 2022

Congratulations to Will Bynum and Luna Dolezal for their successful Duke-Exeter Accelerator Grant funding bid entitled ‘Shame in Health Professions Education: Integrating Cross-Cultural Perspectives.’ Working closely with Charlotte Wu, Juanita Navarro-Pàez and Siang Hui Lai from Duke-National University of Singapore,…

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New article: Closure and the Critical Epidemic Ending

31 May 2022

In his article, ‘Closure and the Critical Epidemic Ending’ published in Centaurus – Journal of the European Society for the History of Science, Shame and Medicine research team member Arthur Rose examines closure and the end of epidemics. “An epidemic has…

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New Article: Needlestick

25 April 2022
In 2021, the Shame and Medicine Project (University of Exeter) and The Shame Conversation (Duke University) put out a Call for Artists as part of their Graphic Medicine project. The aim of the project was to create a comic to...Read full article


New Funding: Shame Competence Training

20 April 2022

We are delighted to announce Luna Dolezal’s successful funding bid to produce, in collaboration with Devon & Cornwall Police, an innovative and evidence-based Shame Competence Training product that will be used to develop individual and organizational shame competence in Devon…

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New article: Differential Experiences of Social Distancing: Considering Alienated Embodied Communication and Racism

16 February 2022

In the Special Issue of Puncta on “Pandemic Politics and Phenomenology”,  Luna Dolezal and Gemma Lucas’ article titled “Differential Experiences of Social Distancing: Considering Alienated Embodied Communication and Racism” explores how the public health measures of social distancing—including lockdowns, social isolation,…

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Call For Papers: 2022 British Society for Phenomenology Annual Conference – Phenomenology and Shame Experiences

12 January 2022

Call For Papers for special panel for the 2022 British Society for Phenomenology Annual Conference   Location: University of Exeter, UK, in-person and virtual (hybrid) Date: Tuesday 30 August – Thursday 1 September 2022 CFP deadline: Thursday 31 March 2022 (midnight UK).  …

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NEW ARTICLE: Shame, Stigma and HIV

9 November 2021

Shame, Stigma and HIV – Considering Affective Climates and the Phenomenology of Shame Anxiety The affective climate often associated with HIV prevention and care practices is often dominated by negative emotions such as shame, fear and suspicion which arise because…

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New Artwork: Graphic Medicine Project

8 November 2021
Following on from the Call for Artists for our Graphic Medicine Project and in collaboration with The Shame Conversation we are delighted and excited to share with you the art work by Hannah Mumby, one of the artists we commissioned...Read full article


Call for Papers – JECP Special Issue – ‘Respect and Shame in Healthcare and Bioethics’

20 September 2021

The Philosophy Thematic Issue (2022): Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice has put out a Call for Papers for a special section on the topic of ‘Respect and Shame in Healthcare and Bioethics.’ The role of philosophy in discussions of…

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NEW ARTICLE: The art of medicine – COVID-19, online shaming, and health-care professionals

10 August 2021

  Stigma and shame have been features of past pandemics. The stigma associated with disease can be experienced as shame by those who spread it. In almost all human cultures, there is shame attached to being “contaminated”, to the vulnerability…

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CALL FOR PAPERS – PHILOSOPHY THEMATIC ISSUE (2022): JOURNAL OF EVALUATION IN CLINICAL PRACTICE

27 July 2021

  CALL FOR PAPERS – PHILOSOPHY THEMATIC ISSUE (2022): JOURNAL OF EVALUATION IN CLINICAL PRACTICE Overcoming Stigma in the clinic: identifying, understanding and addressing discrimination, degradation and discreditation in clinical settings. The role of philosophy in discussions of clinical practice…

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Call for Doctors

7 June 2021

The Shame and Medicine Project is looking for doctors who have been disciplined by the GMC and feel shame or other self-conscious emotions as a result of it. By shame we mean the emotional experience of feeling bad about yourself,…

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The Nocturnists – Call for Voices – ‘Shame in Medicine’ Storytelling Podcast Series

9 March 2021

The Shame and Medicine Project is excited to be collaborating with The Nocturnists, a medical storytelling podcast and community to create an audio documentary storytelling series about ‘Shame in Medicine’ Shame is everywhere in healthcare. We feel shame in our…

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Call for Artists – Graphic Medicine Project

11 February 2021

  Call for comic creator collaborators for paid graphic medicine projects in 2021/2022 We are now searching for comic creators, who want to collaborate with doctors and medical humanities researchers to create graphic medicine comics to illustrate experiences/stories in healthcare,…

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Shame and Medicine PhD position – Art History & Visual Culture – Applications Open

15 January 2021

  Applications are invited for a PhD studentship in Art History and Visual Culture as part of the Wellcome-Trust funded Shame and Medicine Project. This fully funded studentship, beginning in July 2021, will be based at the University of Exeter…

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Call For Papers – ‘Shame and Medicine’ Literature and Medicine Theme Issue

5 November 2020

  CALL FOR PAPERS FOR THEME ISSUE OF LITERATURE AND MEDICINE SHAME AND MEDICINE Spring 2025 Issue Editors: Arthur Rose and Luna Dolezal This issue of Literature and Medicine will explore experiences of shame in literary and medical contexts. Characterized…

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Shame and Medicine Funded by a Wellcome Trust Collaborative Award

2 July 2020

We are delighted to confirm that the Shame and Medicine project has been funded by a generous Collaborative Award from the Wellcome Trust (£1.46million). This will enable us to continue our research until 2025. Research News from the University of…

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