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This month we have lots of news, new blogs and recently published articles to share. We're excited to announce the first two speakers in our Shame and Medical History seminar series, and invite you to register for the Shame, Health and Lived Experience Workshop. We've recently joined LinkedIn so why don't you join us there, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook. If you have any feedback on our newsletter or if you would like to take part in our research or collaborate in any way, please email us, we'd love to hear from you.

The Shame and Medicine Project in collaboration with the Centre for Medical History at the University of Exeter, will run a seminar series over the next few years which will examine shame and stigma in the context of medical history. The first two speakers in this series are Dr Anne Hanly, University of Birmingham and Dr Michael Brown, University of Roehampton. 

Watch the final seminar of this series with Dr Tanisha Spratt (University of Greenwich) ‘Understanding Racism-Induced Stress in the Context of COVID-19: Representations of Shame, Anxiety and Stigma in UK BAME Communities’.
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 Greenwich) 

*The seminar series is organized at the University of Exeter as part of the UKRI-AHRC funded ‘Scenes of Shame and Stigma in COVID-19’ project, and addresses the key role that shame and stigma have played in the COVID-19 public health crisis. 
The Call for Papers invites abstracts for the special panel ‘Phenomenology and Shame Experiences’ sponsored by the Shame & Medicine Project at the 2022 British Society for Phenomenology Annual Conference: Engaged Phenomenology II.  The submission system is live!

Scenes of Shame and Sitgma in COVID-19 team member Fred Cooper will speak at the Pandemic & Beyond: Communication and Messaging during COVID-19 policy event. The webinar will explore what the pandemic is teaching us about how complex public health messages are received, and how we can communicate them more effectively.  Sign up here.

Luna Dolezal has secured funding from the University of Exeter's Open Innovation Platform fund to create an evidence-based "shame competence" training package. This training is being developed by Luna in collaboration with the Devon and Cornwall Police and the Plymouth Trauma Network.

Shame and Medicine's Advisory Board member, Dr Jonathon Tomlinson, discusses with Dr Claire Ashley and Dr Ishminder Mangat the role shame may play in medicine in's new podcast. Is shame inevitable in healthcare? What triggers shame? Has its presence become more or less pronounced? 

The total number of active social media users is 4.20 Billion, apparently! So please do follow us on Twitter, or like us on Facebook, or connect with us on our new LinkedIn page. 

We are keen to hear from Doctors and Patients who would like to take part in our research - to register an interest in taking part, visit or contact Dr Stephen Williams at
Registration is open! The schedule will be released soon. 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. 

The University of Exeter and the Shame and Medicine Project will host the British Society for Phenomenology’s Annual Conference in 2022, from 30 Aug – 1 Sept. The theme is “Engaged Phenomenology II: Explorations of Embodiment, Emotions and Sociality”, with a panel on “Phenomenology and Shame Experiences” sponsored by the Shame and Medicine Project. The British Society for Phenomenology invites abstracts with a submission deadline of 31 March 2022.

Ray Earwicker, Honorary Fellow at the WCCEH, University of Exeter, explores the use of shame and shaming in social policy and public health in his blog post "Shame, blame & back again: policymaking in the age of COVID."

Supriya Subramani, University of Zurich, looks at how shame, stigma and humiliation related to living in poverty can impact on healthcare and one's moral self in her blog post "Poverty-induced stigma, shame & humiliation in healthcare settings." 
This issue of Puncta: Journal of Critical Phenomenology (Vol 5, No 1) has been co-edited by Jessica Stanier, Nicole Miglio, and Luna Dolezal. Read their Editors' Introduction to these new perspectives on the COVID-19 pandemic which examine the lived complexities of the contemporary global health crisis, and provide a glimpse at the rich theoretical toolkit and methodological potential within critical phenomenology today.
"Differential Experiences of Social Distancing: Considering Alienated Embodied Communication and Racism" published in the Special Issue of Puncta: Journal of Critical Phenomenology (Vol 5, No 1).  Luna Dolezal and Gemma Lucas explore how the public health measures of social distancing that have been introduced to curb the spread of the virus are, in fact, having a differential impact on the lived experience of individuals in ways that are, again, co-determined by pre-existing social inequalities.
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