Centre for Health and Medical Humanities

Conversations about Arts, Humanities and Health

Conversations about Arts, Humanities and Health is a series of free, online events where scholars, health professionals, and the public discuss how arts and humanities can inform healthcare. Hosted by The University of Kent and with the support of the Churchill Foundation, these events seek to develop meaningful dialogue and connection between humanities and medicine.

Each conversation features a central guest with whom we discuss the fruitful interaction between arts, humanities, and health in their career. Attendees will also be able to ask guests for insights about best practice, challenges, and pitfalls. Afterwards, we will disseminate the conversations as podcasts, alongside a summary of key ideas on this website and through social media.

Conversations about Arts, Humanities and Health is a joint initiative by Prof Ian Sabroe and Dr Dieter Declercq. Ian is Consultant in Respiratory Medicine (Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) and Honorary Professor of Medical Humanities (University of Sheffield). Dieter is Lecturer in Film and Media and Co-Director of the Centre for Health and Medical Humanities (University of Kent).

When is the next live event?

Join us as we continue Season Four of Conversations about Arts, Humanities and Health on Wednesday 9 November at 4:00pm – 5:00pm GMT with:

Professor Dan Goodley (Professor of Disability Studies and Education, University of Sheffield)
Dr Kirsty Liddiard (Senior Research Fellow in the School of Education, University of Sheffield)

Co-hosts Ian Sabroe and Dieter Declercq will talk with Dan and Kirsty about the contributions of critical disability studies to the medical humanities, including the ‘absent presence’ of disability in medical humanities. They will advocate for a paradigm shift that centres disability as the driving subject of inquiry and will refer to proposed programmes of research, including ‘Disability Matters’ and ‘A new cultural politics of breathing’.

Register here.

If you have any questions for us in advance of the event, please do email them to aestheticsandhealth@kent.ac.uk.      

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