The area of inquiry called “medical humanities” or “health and humanities” is thriving at universities across the globe. UNC is recognized for its interdisciplinary undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs that study human health, flourishing, and mortality in a complex, diverse world. Researchers seek to understand how individuals interpret and cope with illness, how definitions of disease and disability are culturally defined, how health professionals can better reflect on their values and practices, and how institutions shape collective experiences of sickness and recovery. Methods are drawn from the humanities, arts and social sciences (e.g. qualitative analysis, historical contextualization, socially-generated meanings, textual interpretation) as well as the medical and natural sciences (e.g. quantitative analysis, empirical studies, data-driven outcomes). New research protocols continue to emerge, requiring diverse teams from a range of disciplines to design practicable studies that address urgent questions and achieve concrete goals.
The inspiration for the HHIVE Lab has many sources: strong interest in medical humanities among students at UNC; the Provost’s stated emphasis on high-impact, interdisciplinary research experiences for undergraduates across the College; the Graduate School’s commitment to growing the new M.A. Program in Literature, Medicine, and Culture; and revisions to the English and Comparative Literature curriculum in response to the department’s outside review in 2014-2015. Most of all, the HHIVE Lab harnesses the energy, talent, and knowledge of those at Carolina working at the intersection of the humanities, the arts, and the health sciences.
The HHIVE Lab is a space for five central efforts:
1. Building faculty/student research teams to run funded research projects
2. Curating and developing innovative interdisciplinary courses at UNC and beyond
3. Organizing and publicizing lectures, events, and collaborations across campus
4. Mentoring students who wish to pursue careers that link health sciences with the arts and humanities
5. Forming cross-institutional health & humanities partnerships
The HHIVE Lab is currently closed due to COVID-19.
For appointments or queries, please contact Prof. Kym Weed (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The HHIVE Lab is located at Gaskin Library (GL 524), on the fifth floor of Greenlaw at UNC Chapel Hill.