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2020 International Health Humanities Consortium: Keywords for Health Humanities

2020 International Health Humanities Consortium:
The Politics of Health
March 26-28, 2020 | Vanderbilt University


Keywords for Health Humanities

Friday plenary session of the 2020 International Health Humanities Consortium: Politics of Health Conference, featuring:

Rachel Adams


Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University

Jay Baruch


Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of the Medical Humanities and Bioethics Scholarly Concentration, Alpert Medical School at Brown University

Deirdre Cooper Owens


Charles and Linda Wilson Professor in the History of Medicine and Director of Humanities in Medicine, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Benjamin Reiss


Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor and Chair of the English Department, Emory University

Ralph Savarese


Professor of English, Grinnell College

Jane Thrailkill


Bank of America Honors Term Associate Professor of English, Director for Literature, Medicine, and Culture, and Founding Director for HHIVE

Sari Altschuler


Associate Professor of English and Founder of Health, Humanities, and Society, Northeastern University


Friday, March 27, 2020

8:30am – 10:00am | Community Room Central Library

The health humanities is at once a vibrant, expansive, and exponentially growing field, and one in great need of a conceptual vocabulary to organize its energies. This Keywords for Health Humanities plenary features six leading thinkers in the field who will offer brief thoughts about the keywords careempathysleepsexneurodiversity, and creativity toward the goal of establishing a shared critical lexicon. From motivating principles of the field (empathy and care) and tools for practitioners (creativity) to structural concerns (neurodiversity and sex) and vital research topics (sleep), these words represent a range of pressing issues currently animating the field.

A lively moderated conversation about the role of such words in organizing the health humanities across disciplines will follow.


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Sponsored by the Center for Medicine, Health, and SocietyJean & Alexander Heard LibrariesRobert Penn Warren Center for the HumanitiesThe Curb CenterVanderbilt University College of Arts and ScienceCenter for Latin American StudiesDepartment of SociologyAmerican StudiesDean Bonnie J. Dow, Dean of Academic InitiativeVanderbilt School of Medicinethe Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesVanderbilt Divinity SchoolStanford Medicine: Medicine & the Muse Center for Biomedical EthicsHiram College: Center for Literature and MedicineThe University of North Carolina at Chapel HillHHIVEColumbia University Medical Center: Program in Narrative MedicineCenter for Bioethics and Humanities: University of Colorado Center Anschutz Medical CampusDuke University Health Humanities LabNortheast Ohio Medical University, Program for Humanities in Medicine: Yale University School of MedicineMcGovern Center for Humanities & Ethics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), and University of Utah Health.