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This website is a hub for Health and Medical Humanities research conducted by members of the Consortium for Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI) .  The Network seeks to contribute to the ways medicine and the humanities are taught and practiced; to provide new models for research within and across fields; and to foster collaborations between scholars working in humanities departments and their colleagues in the health sciences. Humanities centers and institutes are advantageously positioned to forge new interdisciplinary networks  between campus, clinic, and community. In this Network, CHCI member center and institute affiliates, and the general public, will find directories of recent scholarship, projects, events and social media activity related to the field throughout the world.

Originally funded by a sub-grant of an award by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes , the Health and Medical Humanities Network was led by six partnering humanities centers, located at

  • Columbia University 
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • King's College London
  • University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
  • Dartmouth College
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Centers and institutes including the Heyman Center for the Humanities , WiSER  in Johannesburg, South Africa, the  Institute for the Arts and Humanities  and the Health and Humanities Lab at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill,   Medical Humanities at Kings College London , the Humanities Institute at Wake Forest University , and the Center for the Humanities at the University of Miami , invested in the development of this website by Rapid Science , brain child of Sarah Greene . The original partner centers developed the website as a strategy for maximizing research discovery, accuracy, open dissemination, and feedback regarding its impact, in Health and Medical Humanities. They also invested in CHCI Medical Humanities Network "Summer Institutes," held respectively at Dartmouth College (2015), Kings College London (2016) , and most recently at the University of Miami , where the conference could also be taken as a Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit for health care providers. The first research projects by the sub-grant partners focused on aging, undergirded by collaborative reflection on issues of evidence, value, and evaluation. 

As membership has expanded and the sub-grant has concluded, the CHCI Health and Medical Humanities Network website has moved from its original host, the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University, to the Health Humanities Lab (HHL) at the Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University . The Health Humanities Lab is co-sponsoring a conference with the Franklin Humanities Institute on the topic of Health Humanities and Social Justice: Breath, Body, Voice this September, from the evening of the 14th to the evening of the 16th, in Durham, North Carolina. The next conference of the CHCI Health and Medical Humanities Network is a partnership of Duke University and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, with additional regional partners, September 28-29, on the topic "Historical and Global Ecologies of the Clinic." 

For more information on how your institution can become a CHCI Member, visit the CHCI website. For information on how to register and use this website to strengthen your own research network through the larger network, click the "Register" button in the top right, and join our Community Commons!