The Medical Humanities Network is a collaboration growing out of a wider project at the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded CHCI grants totaling $2.55 million in support of a project titled “Integrating the Humanities across National Boundaries.” Designed to foster new forms of collaborative research among CHCI members and to advance innovative programmatic ideas across national, regional, and disciplinary boundaries, this pilot project explored the ways in which a networked consortium can further scholarly innovation in the humanities on a global scale. Originally funded by a sub-grant of the pilot project, the 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
Participation in the Network has since greatly expanded (see full list of affiliated institutions below). The development of this website was sponsored by 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. The website is intended to maximize research discovery, accuracy, and open dissemination, and to evaluate impact, in the fields of health and medical humanities.
Other projects of the Medical Humanities Network include annual conferences called Summer Institutes, held respectively at Dartmouth College (2015), Kings College London (2016), and the University of Miami (2017), where the conference could also be taken as a Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit for health care providers. The upcoming 2018 Summer Institute will take place at Duke University. Future Summer Institutes are planned for 2019 and 2020 at Columbia Global Centers | Paris and The University of Southern Denmark in Odense. The six original sub-grant partners also sponsored a research project 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 back from the Health Humanities Lab (HHL) at the Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University to its original host, the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University.
Established in 1988, the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes is a network for the circulation of information, ideas, and best practices related to the programmatic and organizational dimensions of humanities centers and institutes. CHCI is currently comprised of over 180 member and affiliate organizations in 23 countries and 46 US states. CHCI members are engaged in a wide range of programs, including research support, public humanities programs, fellowship programs, activism and advocacy on issues of educational and cultural policy, digital humanities programs, partnerships with arts organizations, and the development and maintenance of research collections. Many CHCI members are powerful agents of growth, change, and transformative, interdisciplinary research on their campuses and within their communities. CHCI operations are based at the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University. More information on CHCI can be found at http://chcinetwork.org. In addition to the Medical Humanities Network, there are three additional Mellon-Funded CHCI collaborations: Religion, Secularism, and Political Belonging ; Humanities for the Environment ; and Integrative Graduate Humanities Education Research and Training .
The Projects section of this site is open to research participants collaborating on cross-disciplinary Medical Humanities Network projects. Each project page on this site serves as a repository of shared documents and research, a venue in which participants can share ideas and advance discussion, and work toward project goals in real time from around the world.
Project pages also include overviews of each of the annual Summer Institutes, whereby CHCI medical humanities scholars come together to share insights and research.
Registered members of the site will be able to access the Community Commons, nested beneath the "Projects" tab. The Community Commons is an area for all participants to join in discussions, upload documents, and share references on topics of general interest in the medical humanities.
- Baylor University Medical Humanities
- Center for Narrative Practice (Boston, MA)
- Columbia University Narrative Medicine
- Dartmouth College, Leslie Center for the Humanities
- Duke University, Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities & History of Medicine
- Duke University, Franklin Humanities Institute, Health Humanities Initiative
- East Carolina University, Department of Bioethics and Interdisciplinary Studies
- Harvard University & Medical School, Mahindra Humanities Center
- Indiana University, Medical Humanities & Health Studies
- Mayo Clinic, Center for Humanities in Medicine
- Medical College of Wisconsin, Medical Humanities Program
- Michigan State University, Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences
- NYU School of Medicine, Division of Medical Humanities
- Penn State College of Medicine, Department of Humanities
- Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics: Medicine & the Muse
- UC Berkeley, Program for the Medical Humanities
- UC San Francisco, Medical Humanities Program
- University of Colorado (Denver), Medical Humanities Program
- UC Irvine, Program in Medical Humanities and Arts
- UNC Chapel Hill, M.A. in Literature, Medicine, and Culture
- University of Rochester, Division of Medical Humanities and Bioethics
- University of Texas Medical Branch, Institute for the Medical Humanities
- University of Virginia, Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities
- Yale School of Medicine, Medical Humanities and the Arts Council
- University of Alberta (Canada), Arts & Humanities in Health & Medicine
- Dalhousie University (Canada), Medical Humanities-HEALS Program
- University of Toronto (Canada), Health, Arts, & Humanities Program
- University of Hong Kong, Centre for the Humanities and Medicine
- University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa), The Medical Humanities at WiSER
- Durham University (UK), Centre for Medical Humanities
- King’s College London (UK), Medical Humanities Programme
- University of Leeds (UK), Centre for Medical Humanities
- University of Nottingham (UK), Health Humanities