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Global Health Humanities

Health Humanities Website

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.

2019-2020 Events


Forum: "Colonial Psychiatry and its Aftereffects"
Postponed until further notice.
Wednesday, April 1, 2020

2:00-5:30 pm
Glasscock Building, Room 311
Full Schedule of Events

Refreshments will be served.

Schedule of Events:
2:00 PM | Matthew Heaton, Associate Professor of History at Virginia Tech
2:50 PM | Ranjana Khanna, Professor of English and Women’s Studies at Duke University; Director of the Franklin Humanities Institute
3:40 PM | Sloan Mahone, Associate Professor of the History of Medicine at Oxford University
4:30 PM | Roundtable Discussion

This Forum engages, from a cross-disciplinary perspective, the practices and concepts associated with colonial psychiatry and their ongoing effects upon global health. The three invited scholars will give thirty-minute talks, with time for questions and discussion in between each paper. The Forum concludes with a roundtable discussion, facilitated by a TAMU faculty member.


"Race, Science, and Justice"
Keynote Lecture by Dorothy Roberts
Thursday, November 14, 2019
4:00-5:30 pm
MSC 2400