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Global Health Humanities

Created and convened by Dr. Jessica Howell. This initiative will move with Dr. Howell back to ENGL in 2022.


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The growing field of Health Humanities seeks to understand cultural practices and products related to health and illness. In particular, by examining different forms of human expression, the humanities offer necessary insight into the lived experience of global health issues. This initiative examines the narrative and artistic expression of individuals’ experiences of illness and health in a global context, by inviting discussion of such forms as song, performance, written narrative, oral history, and visual media. Using methods drawn from the humanities and humanistic social sciences, this initiative explores such topics as health inequities, access to care, gender health disparities, colonial and neocolonial health discourses, human health and climate change, human health and ecology, and immigration and health. Such interdisciplinary scholarship is necessary to better comprehend the historical, political, and economic impact of global diseases.