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Breath, Voice, Body: Health and the Humanities

September 14, 2017 - September 16, 2017

Please note that you must register for the events in order to attend!


Watch our promo video to discover how the Health Humanities & Social Justice: Breath, Body, Voice conference will address this question from multiple perspectives and disciplines! Beginning on the evening of Thursday, September 14, with distinguished poet Nikky Finney reading at the Hayti Heritage Center, conference events include multiple keynotes, panels, performances, and workshops over the next two days in the Rubenstein Library and other Duke University locations. 

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The Health Humanities Lab and the Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University are co-sponsoring the Humanities Futures conference: “Breath, Voice, Body: Health and the Humanities” on September 15-16, 2017 in the Rubenstein Library at Duke University.

The conference will focus on the health humanities to 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 (including Alan Bleakley), panels, interactive workshops, and performances (including“Migrations,” composed by Stephen Jaffe; performed by the Ciompi Quartet), 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


Rubenstein Library
Duke University
Durham, NC United States
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