Friday, March 27, 2009

Nutritional Science, Educator/Dietitian Ventures Across Borders with New Book

We were pleased to receive news today about Jacqui Gringras, Ph.D, RD and her recently released book "Longing for Recognition", York, UK: Raw Nerve Books.

"Longing for Recognition offers a radical new way of understanding nutritional health practices. In contemporary food culture, the work of dietitians has accrued new and urgent meaning, and "Longing for Recognition" is addressed to that group of practitioners. The author, herself a dietitian, crafts an autoethnographic fiction that presents a critical and thought-provoking argument for a more self-reflexive, relational, and embodied profession. Her compelling narrative draws the reader into its timely call for rethinking what counts as knowledge in
dietetic education. "Longing for Recognition" will be invaluable for dietitians and other health care professionals who wish to enhance their practice as one that considers first and foremost what it means to be human."

Jacqui's progressive research engages autoethnographic, phenomenological and arts informed methods as a means for understanding dietetic theory, education and practice. She has also taught courses at Ryerson University School of Nutrition, among them, "The Art of Storytelling: Advances in Nutrition Counselling Practice." CM

Information about this book

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Quotes of Note:

"It is only if we question the space between, across and beyond disciplines through transdisciplinarity that we have a chance to discover meaning and to establish links between the two post-modern cultures, integrating both science and wisdom."

Basarab Nicolescu

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Calgary International Spoken Word Festival Promotes Creativity and Expression Through Words

Calgary International Spoken Word Festival 2009

Calgary, Alberta

April 01 - 05

Banff, Alberta

April 15, 16, 17

"When the dust of antiquity lives in the voice,
rooted in the oral tradition
then, stories become more than a combination of words
they transform into the resonant sounds of our lives, opening~"

(excerpt from the website by Sheri-D, more info)

I plan to be in Alberta April 15...see you there! CM

Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice, Inquiries for Hope and Change, Groundbreaking reference book valuable resource

Creative Arts in Health and Interdisciplinary Practice
Inquiries for Hope and Change

Cheryl McLean, Editor
(Editor/Publisher The Canadian Creative Arts in Health, Training and Education Journal)

Robert Kelly, Associate Editor
(co-editor "Creative Expression Creative Education, creativity as a primary rationale for education")

Published by Detselig Enterprises Ltd., Temeron Books

This current book is in process and will be released in 2010.

“Creative Arts in Health and Interdisciplinary Practice, Inquiries for Hope and Change" will feature informative and illustrative accounts from leading health researchers, social scientists, artists, therapists, nurse educators and other professionals, stories of topical research along with dynamic examples demonstrating how the creative arts in many forms as inquiry and in action applied across disciplines can make a critical difference for individuals and society as a whole.”

"This new ground breaking reference text will be a welcomed and validating collection evidencing with first hand accounts and through concrete examples the creative arts applied in research and interdisciplinary practice."

Information email:

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Embodiment and Creativity Featured at Medical Humanities Conference Durham



The sixth annual conference of the UK and Ireland Association for Medical Humanities takes place in Durham, UK, 6th to 8th July 2009, on the general theme Taking the Body Seriously. The conference’s aim is to bring humanities resources, both single-discipline and inter-disciplinary, to bear upon our understanding of how our bodies constitute both the possibilities of, and the constraints upon, leading flourishing lives. Key themes include:

the role of the body in framing experience, knowledge, values and the imagination
• the place of the body in relation to creativity and the arts, both as generator and as object
• how science’s methods and agenda reflect the fact and form of our embodiment; and
• the place of medical conceptions of the body, health and well-being within prevalent contemporary understandings of human flourishing

In addition to these themes, there will also be a general section accommodating papers on topics of broad interest within medical humanities.

Papers under all of these themes, including the general section, are invited from medical humanities researchers, teachers and healthcare practitioners. Papers may be in any of three forms: full plenary presentation (40 mins); elective paper presentation (25 mins); or workshop presentation (15 mins). Abstracts of up to 250 words should be submitted electronically by 1st April 2009 to the organisers at Abstracts will be reviewed independently and decisions made and communicated to applicants by 24th April 2009.

Jane Macnaughton, Martyn Evans
Centre for Medical Humanities
Durham University

*Note for Canadian Creative Arts in Health, Training and Education Journal subscribers and blog visitors: I was contacted today about this conference and advised that the organizers are seeking presenters and potential speakers. CM