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Medical Humanities

Conversations about Arts, Humanities and Health

Come along and contribute to the inaugural season of Conversations about Arts, Humanities and Health, a series of free, online, interactive 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 Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, these events seek to develop meaningful dialogue and connection between humanities and medicine.

Each conversation will feature a central guest who will comment on the fruitful interaction between arts, humanities, and health in their career. Attendees will 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.

When is the next live event?

The sixth and final conversation in the first series will be with Prof Rita Charon (Columbia University) on 21 July 2021 at 4:00pm – 5:00pm BST.

Co-organisers Prof Ian Sabroe and Dr Dieter Declercq will talk with Rita about her pioneering work in narrative medicine, including the consequences of narrative medicine practice, narrative medicine pedagogy, and close reading theory, as well as the pivotal role of aesthetics and aesthetic experiences in the practices of narrative medicine.

How To Register

Attendance is free, but you will need to register on Eventbrite. The registration page will go live on 12 July 2021.

We will send out an email with a link to the event 24 hours beforehand, as well as 1 hour before the event begins.


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 Studies and Associate Director of the Aesthetics Research Centre (University of Kent).

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