Humanities Futures Capstone Conference, Sept. 14-16, 2017

Posted on May 11, 2017 by Sarah Rogers

Please save-the-date for the culminating event of the 2014-2017 Mellon Grant at the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, Humanities Futures. The capstone conference, titled Health Humanities & Social Justice: Breath, Body, Voice, will focus on the health humanities. We define health on a continuum from the health sciences to states of health, and focus on social justice to bridge the lived experiences of health and wellness in both our academic and non-academic communities. Furthermore, in 2017, we ask: how are the humanities transforming health, and how is health transforming the humanities? And what do these mutual influences suggest concerning the health of the humanities?

Through keynotes, panels, interactive workshops, and performances, the conference will engage with four central areas of concern:

  • arts, humanities, and healing: narrative medicine, graphic medicine, medical/health memoirs, and other practices bridging humanities, arts, and health; health humanities and the de-centering of the clinic in relation to individuals and communities; therapeutic models of humanities pedagogy and research
  • access and voice: the politics of expertise in medicine and in humanities; non-western, non-biomedical genealogies and practices of health; social inequities and health disparities; patient-powered research and advocacy; medicine / health and race, gender, and sexuality
  • health and its environments: environmental justice; food systems; pollution and toxicity; dis/ability and the built environment; the internalization of the environment through physiological processes such as breathing
  • unsettling/resettling the human: health humanities as dissensus; cultivation/tolerance of discomfort; phenomenology of health and illness; genetics and the post-human; neurodiversity