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Health Humanities Exchange (HHEX): Student Research Workshop

November 11, 2016; 1:30-2:30pm

Hyde Hall at UNC-CH

Proposal Deadline: October 7, 2016

Are you an undergraduate or graduate student who wants to do research? Are you interested in the relationship between history, culture, medical science and clinical practice? Would you like the opportunity to discuss a research idea or ongoing project with other students? Well this is a workshop for you!

About the Conference: Although the emerging field of health humanities has been characterized by many different descriptors (e.g. literature, medicine, and culture, medical humanities, humanistic medicine), what this nomenclature really describes is a motivated effort to forge meaningful connections between the humanities and health sciences. In an era when sociopolitical forces work tirelessly to push these bodies of knowledge apart, HHEX may be seen as an antidote to such divisive forces. In this vein, the HHEX conference will spotlight research projects that utilize diverse methods, sources, and practices to offer insight into how the humanities, social sciences, and health sciences may reciprocally influence and enrich critical understandings of each other. For more information about the conference and registration, please visit the hhex website.

About the workshop: As part of the HHEX Conference, undergraduate and graduate students will have the opportunity to present ongoing research projects on topics related to health humanities and receive feedback from their peers. HHEX welcomes works-in-progress presenters at any stage in their research. Proposals may therefore range from a single question and preliminary research to completed projects. This discussion-based research workshop will be structured as a roundtable presentation in which each presenter will have 5-7 minutes to present their materials and receive feedback. There will also be one upper-level graduate student per table who will facilitate discussion. Participating students will be able to see how their research topic is being approached across disciplines, receive critical feedback on their methods and modes of analyses, and have the chance to rethink their project within a truly interdisciplinary and collaborative environment.

Potential research topics may include but are in no way limited to:

  • Literary accounts of illness (e.g. pathographies)
  • Disability studies & the body
  • Biopolitics of illness and disease
  • Healthcare ethics & law
  • Science and technology studies
  • Spirituality and healthcare
  • Therapy & the arts (e.g. narrative therapy, bibliotherapy, music therapy, etc.)
  • Scientific rhetorics of medicine, illness, healthcare, etc.
  • Communication in healthcare settings
  • Critical race theory & racism as a public health concern
  • Feminism, gender, and sexuality studies of the body, illness, healthcare, etc.

All submissions must be 250-300 words in length and may be sent to by 5pm on October 7th.


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