Falls: An Interdisciplinary Feasibility Study of Older Adults’ Experience Telling Fall Narratives

Funded by the Mellon Foundation, this project examines how written and oral narrative might help older adults adjust to the vicissitudes of aging.

Carolina Seminar: Developing a Comprehensive Mission and Structure for Cross-Disciplinary Instruction at UNC-Chapel Hill

This Carolina Seminar will bring together influential faculty from across the University with the goal of issuing a Provost-level set of recommendations for supporting innovative cross-disciplinary curricula in health humanities at UNC-CH.

Literature, Medicine and Culture Colloquium

The Literature, Medicine and Culture Colloquium is a graduate student initiative that supports research and fosters community among students interested in health/illness, the body, history of science and medicine, or other topics. The group conducts writing workshops, book and journal reviews, and syllabus development seminars.

Music Study

An ethnographic study on music in the waiting room.

Writing Diabetes: An Interdisciplinary Collaboration Examining the Significance of Illness Essays for Patients, Clinicians, and Researchers

Can crafting stories about the illness experience help patients with chronic conditions? This project seeks to answer this question through an eight-week writing workshop for women with diabetes in North Carolina. Participants will learn techniques of narrative writing and compose illness essays centered on the experience of living with a long-term health condition. The research team will submit this archive to narrative analysis using concepts drawn from literary and rhetorical theory, narratology, and computational discourse analysis. Using biomedical and social scientific assessments (A1C blood test for average glucose levels, Diabetes Empowerment Scale) we will work across methods and disciplines to explore qualitative and statistical correlations between narrative elements and health outcomes. Our initial funding comes from a $25,000 FIRE grant [Fostering Inter-disciplinary Research Explorations] awarded by UNC’s Vice Chancellor for Research.