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Welcome to the Wellcome Trust funded Shame and Medicine Project’s first newsletter. We are excited to share news about our Scenes of Shame and Stigma in Covid-19 seminar series, our latest Blog posts, our upcoming events, and news about an exciting collaboration we are working on with The Nocturnists, a medical storytelling podcast and live show. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to get more regular updates.
The Scenes of Shame and Stigma in COVID-19 Seminar Series, organized at the University of Exeter as part of the UKRI-AHRC funded ‘Scenes of Shame and Stigma in COVID-19’ project, addresses the key role that shame and stigma have played in the COVID-19 public health crisis. With talks from established and emerging experts in sociology, anthropology, history and public health, this interdisciplinary seminar series examines the effects of shame and stigma during the pandemic, considering topics such as national responses, professional practice in medicine, community resilience, public health policy and BAME experience.
Prof. Robert Walker (Beijing Normal University) 
Dr Agnes Arnold-Forster (McGill University) 
Dr Ray Earwicker (University of Exeter) 
Dr Hannah Farrimond (University of Exeter) 
Dr Tanisha Spratt (University of Oxford) 

We are happy to announce that we have received additional funding from the UKRI-AHRC “Ideas to Address COVID” rapid response grant for the Scenes of Shame and Stigma in COVID-19 Project. A collaboration between Professor Luna Dolezal, Dr Arthur Rose and Dr Fred Cooper, this project will investigate the effects of shame and stigma as a result of public health policy in the UK during 2020

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. We are collecting stories from healthcare workers of all stripes, get in touch if you’re interested in sharing your story!

Welcome to our newest recruits – we are delighted to welcome Alice Waterson and Arthur Rose to the Shame and Medicine project team. Alice joins us as a Project Coordinator overseeing day-to-day operations, and Arthur joins the team as an Engaged Research Fellow, bringing an exciting project about shame in contemporary medical memoirs to our cultural studies work stream.

We have now gained ethical approval from our Universities and the NHS to start collecting data. If you are interested in taking part then we would love to hear about your shame or self-conscious experiences as a patient. If you would like to find out more then contact Dr Farina Kokab at or register your interest to take part at

This workshop will share, analyse and reflect on issues and topics related to respect, disrespect, shame, humiliation and related concepts within healthcare and bioethics, using a multidisciplinary perspective.  We invite abstracts from Early Career Scholars who would like to present a paper at one of the Workshop sessions. Presentations will be 20 minutes, followed by 45 minutes of feedback and discussion. Visit our Call for Participants for further details.

Moving Shame is a two day workshop organised and co-facilitated by University of Exeter PhD candidate and Shame and Medicine Project Collaborator Gemma Lucas, yoga teacher/counsellor Catherine Forrester, writer/psychotherapist/creative consultant Dr Meg-John Barker and illustrator with expertise in communication, mental health and active learning, Elizabeth Fortnum.
A two day workshop based at the University of Copenhagen and co-organized with the Centre for Subjectivity Research. Shame, Health and Lived Experience is an interdisciplinary workshop that will bring together scholars and practitioners from a wide range of disciplines and fields to reflect on how experiences of shame may impact on health, wellbeing and medical practice.
This two part blog by dentist Christina Worle and community volunteer Lyndsey Withers examines Shame-Sensitive Dental Care for Patients with Complex Lives. 
Part I considers Shame and Dentistry and the Impact of Vulnerable Individuals’ Experiences and
Part II the move Towards Shame-Sensitive Dental Practice at Peninsula Dental Social Enterprise.
Shame-to-Cynicism Conversion in The Citadel and The House of God.
In Arthur Rose's (University of Exeter) research article, “Shame-to-cynicism conversion in The Citadel and The House of God,” published in Medical Humanities, he tracks the dynamics between cynicism and shame in professional practice through the novels to suggest stronger links between cynicism, so often observed among medical students, and moments of shame.
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