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Report on 2020 Network Annual Meeting

The CHCI Health and Medical Humanities Network met virtually on May 19th, 2020, to discuss current projects and the most pressing problems for the humanities raised by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Virtual Network Meeting: May 19, 2020

The annual CHCI Health and Medical Humanities Network meeting will take place virtually on Tuesday, May 19th. Since we hope to accommodate as many time zones among Network members as possible, the meeting will take place from 12:00-2:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time.

CFP: Summer Institute 2020: Space, Place and Design

The objective of this CHCI Summer Institute is to investigate how space, place, and design might interplay with individualized and compassionate health care. Space, along with its less abstract and more social corollary, place, are critical terms in the formal study of literature; meanwhile, the architectural concept design has newly entered a broader disciplinary lexicon to simultaneously suggest method, process and form. We want to consider the role that space, place and design play in health care and aesthetics.

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Event of Note: Teaching Medicine through the Liberal Arts - Bard College

Conference at Bard College on December 6, 2019, featuring Katie Tabb, Rishi Goyal, Serife Tekin, Anna West, Erik Parens, and John Weinstein. Keynote by Ashley Oliver.

Document (pdf) uploaded by Arden Hegele to Community Commons | 15 Oct 2019

Event of Note: Deborah Levy's "Hypochrondria and History"

For the November Narrative Medicine Rounds at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, we welcome Deborah Levy, the acclaimed author of six novels including Swimming Home and Hot Milk, both nominated for the Booker Prize, and most recently The Man Who Saw Everything, to be published in the USA in October 2019. Levy will be speaking about “Hypochondria and History: Searching for Story.” See attachment for details.

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Framing Our Struggles for Justice

In commemoration of the grim 400th anniversary of the first Africans sold into bondage in North America, Grand Rounds at Columbia University will examine how inequality has been sewn into the fabric of American society with particular impact on health across populations. We invite you to explore these themes with us over the next year.

Document (pdf) uploaded by Arden Hegele to Community Commons | 30 Aug 2019

Health & Medicine at Columbia Global Centers

The Columbia Global Centers are dedicated to being on the front line of a diverse array of health and medicine specialties through their interdisciplinary partnerships with the University and local partners. Our Centers initiate and support health and medicine initiatives in the areas of public health, healthcare access, addressing global health threats, community health worker training, and more.

Document (pdf) uploaded by Arden Hegele to Community Commons | 4 Jul 2019

CFP: British Society of Aesthetics Conference: Art, Aesthetics, and the Medical and Health Humanities

Deadline: September 1 February 7-9, 2020, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK. This conference will bring together Analytic Aesthetics and the Medical and Health Humanities. These disciplines share important core concerns and have much to offer one another. The medical and health humanities explore the role of the humanities – and especially the arts – in medicine, medical education and healthcare. In the process they engage with many topics that are central to analytic aesthetics, including narrative, creativity, imagination, empathy, emotion, the value of art, value interaction and sensory perception. The conference aims to stimulate conversations about the connections art and aesthetics have with medicine, medical education, healthcare and the advancement of health and wellbeing.

Document (pdf) uploaded by Arden Hegele to Community Commons | 25 Jun 2019

CFP, Global Health Humanities Special Issue

Deadline extended - July 5, 2019 Contributions are invited for a special issue of the journal Medical Humanities on the topic “global health humanities.” This proposed special issue is predicated on the assumption that, by examining different forms of human expression, the humanities offer necessary insight into the lived experience of global health issues.

Document (pdf) uploaded by Arden Hegele to Community Commons | 3 Jun 2019

CFP: Literary Arts and Health Humanities (Banff, April 2020)

Call for Papers: Literary Arts and Health Humanities Today and Tomorrow Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity April 2020 We are delighted to announce an interdisciplinary conference, Literary Arts and Health Humanities Today and Tomorrow, to be held at the Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity in April 2020. The conference is organized by CHCI Health & Medical Humanities Network members Daniel Laforest, Eftihia Mihelakis, and Lucille Toth. The goal of this international conference is thus to identify and describe new and major intersecting points between the fields of health humanities and literary and cultural studies today in order to offer a baseline for future, richer interdisciplinary research, teaching, and artistic endeavors. Paper/panel proposals are to be sent to before July 15, 2019. Questions should be directed to Sajad Soleymani Yazdi (

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Meeting of the Network at the CHCI Annual Meeting: Dublin, June 19

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 Location: TBD The CHCI Health & Medical Humanities Network was founded in 2015 and serves as a hub for researchers who aim to contribute to the ways medicine and humanities are taught and practiced. The network seeks to provide new models for research within and across fields, as well as foster collaboration between scholars working in humanities departments and their colleagues in the health sciences. This network meeting will offer an informal, informational session designed to bring together administrators, scholars, and practitioners with interests in the health humanities in diverse global contexts. We will discuss the outcomes of the June 2019 CHCI Medical Humanities Institute in Paris, Health Beyond Borders, as well as upcoming plans for 2020 CHCI Summer Institutes in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Odense, Denmark. Members will be asked to share updates from their respective centers’ activities and future opportunities. 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm | Welcome and Introductions 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Informational Session Facilitators: Kathryn Rhine, University of Kansas Rishi Goyal, Columbia University If you are interested in attending this event, please RSVP to

Document (pdf) uploaded by Arden Hegele to Community Commons | 9 May 2019

Publishing Opportunity: Geriatric Medical Humanities

Professor Desmond O'Neill // Geriatric Medical Humanities - new section in European Geriatric Medicine journal

Document (pdf) uploaded by Arden Hegele to Community Commons | 26 Apr 2019

The Arts Dispel Medical Students' Qualms About Dementia

By Rebecca Voelker // JAMA // This article features the work of Arts & Minds, a physician-led organization that runs programs for people with dementia and their caregivers at the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Met, and several other sites.