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Conference Materials and Links

Click here for a comprehensive post-event report by Jillian Linster on the major medical anthropology blog Somatosphere.

Storify - Health Humanities: Building the Future of Research and Teaching

Click here for a Storify describing the lead-up to and social media generated by "Health Humanities: Building the Future of Research and Teaching," April 4-5, 2014.


Thanks to UITV for filming and producing this video of the Friday, April 4th, panel, "Mind and Body: Arts, Humanities, and Health Initiatives at the University of Iowa." Panelists Jason Lewis, Chuck Swanson, Amy Richard, and Mary Patton provided an overview of various health humanities-inspired projects at the University of Iowa. Introduced and moderated by Chris Merrill, Professor of English and Director of the University of Iowa's International Writing Program.

UITV also filmed our Keynote Roundtable discussion featuring speakers Tess Jones, Paul Crawford, Maura Spiegel, Susan Squier, Anna Willieme, and Erin G. Lamb. Introduced and moderated by Andrea Charise, Postdoctoral Fellow-in-Residence, Obermann Center for Advanced Studies. Note:  0.00-16.58 mins: General Q&A and audience discussion; 16.59 mins - onward: Keynote Roundtable.

Agenda Lunch Slides

The purpose of our "Agenda Lunch" was twofold: to collect information from participants regarding a range of possible next steps toward creative new collaborations in health humanities (whether in research, public engagement, or teaching), and to create a list of 3 best ideas or action steps for furthering cross-disciplinary health humanities collaborations in teaching and/or research. In small groups, participants were asked to generate an ambitious list of possible next steps toward creative new health humanities collaborations whether in research, public engagement, or teaching. The following PDF outlines some preliminary action steps for furthering cross-disciplinary teaching and research that were generated by participants at the University of Iowa, Saturday, April 5, 2014.   Agenda Lunch Slides.pdf

Session 1: What Is the Health Humanities?

1) Tess Jones: “Oh, the humanit(ies)! Dissent, Danger, Democracy”
Director of the Arts and Humanities in Healthcare Program for the Center for Bioethics and Humanities & Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Colorado Denver

Campo R. A piece of my mind. "The medical humanities," for lack of a better term. JAMA. 2005 Sep 7; 294(9):1009-11.

Bishop JP. Rejecting medical humanism: medical humanities and the metaphysics of medicine.J Med Humanit. 2008 Mar; 29(1):15-25.

Rees G. The ethical imperative of medical humanities. J Med Humanit. 2010 Dec; 31(4):267-77.

Tess Jones, Denise Wear, Lester D. Friedman.  Health Humanities Reader, Rutgers 2014.


2) Paul Crawford, “Defining and Applying Health Humanities”
Director of the Centre for Social Futures, Institute of Mental Health & Director of Nottingham Health Humanities, The University of Nottingham

Crawford, Paul ; Brown, Brian J. ; Tischler, Victoria ; Baker, Charley (2010) Health humanities: the future of medical humanities? Mental Health Review, 15 (3), pp. 4-10

Paul Crawford, Lydia Lewis, Brian Brown and Nick Manning. "Creative practice as mutual recovery in mental health."  Mental Health Review Journal, VOL 18 NO. 2 2013, pp. 55-64.

Javier Saavedra, Mercedes Cubero and Paul Crawford. "Incomprehensibility in the Narratives of Individuals With a Diagnosis of Schizophrenia." Qual Health Res 2009; 19; 1548.


Session 2: Health Humanities in Action: Narrative Medicine

Maura Spiegel, "Narrative Medicine: Close Reading and Writing - and Relatedness"
Associate Professor of English at Columbia University & Founding member, Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons

Donnel Stern, "Imagination and Creative Speech" from Unformulated Experience: from Dissociation to Imagination in Psychoanalysis, N.Y. Routledge, 2003

Rita Charon, "Close Reading"  from Narrative Medicine: Honoring the Stories of Illness, Oxford UP, 2008

Arthur Frank, "Narrative Ethics as Dialogical Story-Telling" The Hastings Center Report, Jan., 2014

Mark Doty, The Art of Description, Graywolf Press, 2010

Stephen A. Mitchell, "From Attachment to Intersubjectivity," in Relationality: from Attachment to Intersubjectivity, Routledge, 2003


Session 3: Building Zones of Discussion

Susan Merrill Squier, “Graphic Medicine in the Health Humanities”
Julia Gregg Brill Professorship of Women's Studies and English at Pennsylvania State University & Co-editor, Graphic Medicine book series (Pennsylvania State UP)

Susan Merrill Squier. Beyond Nescience: the intersectional insights of health humanities. Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, Volume 50, Number 3, Summer 2007, pp. 334-347 (Article)

Susan M. Squier. Literature and Medicine, Future Tense: Making it Graphic Literature and Medicine, Volume 27, Number 2, Fall 2008, pp. 124-152

Maria Vaccarella. Exploring graphic pathographies in the medical humanities. Med Humanities 2013 39: 70-71 originally published online November 28, 2012

Missed It Commentary. Ann Intern Med. 2013;158:349 AND Missed it.


Session 4: Curricular Initiatives and Communities of Practice

Anna Willieme, “ArtMed inSight: Using Art to Enhance Visual Diagnostic and Communication Skills”

Arnheim, Rudolf. Visual Thinking. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1969.

Arnheim, Rudolf. Art and Visual Perception: A Psychology of the Creative Eye.  Berkeley: University of California Press, 1971.

Berger, John. Ways of Seeing. New York: Penguin, 1977.

Cassell, Eric. The Nature of Suffering and the Goals of Medicine. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.

Groopman, Jereome. How Doctors Think. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2007.

Kabat-Zinn, Jon. Coming to our Senses. New York: Hyperion, 2005.

Taylor, Joshua C. Learning to Look: A Handbook for the Visual Arts. 2nd ed.

Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1981.