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5th International Health Humanities Conference - "Health Humanities: Creative Practices as Care"

Posted on Thursday 26th November 2015 by IHHN Admin

On behalf of the organizing committee it is a pleasure to announce the celebration of the 5th International Health Humanities Conference to be held in Seville on 15, 16 and 17 September, 2016.

We have all been taken care of and we are all or will be caregivers. Caring is an inherently human activity. In the Sierra de Atapuerca, Burgos (Spain) there is evidence of care practices in hominids living 500,000 years ago (Homo Heidelbergensis). That is, care practices, health and disease are part of the human condition and transcend a sheer techno-biological perspective to encompass cultural history, the symbolic and subjective, arts and literature; in short, the humanities.

Over the last five years the International Health Humanities Conference has explored several themes related to Health Humanities and how the arts and humanities can be applied to enhance human health and wellbeing.  To date, the International Health Humanities Network at the heart of the conference organization has generated an exciting interdisciplinary dialogue across diverse communities of arts and humanities academics and practitioners, clinicians, informal carers, service users and the self-caring public.

In this conference we would especially like to explore creative practices in the arts and humanities as: providing innovative care (professional, non-professional and self-care); achieving health and wellbeing through social connectedness. In addition, we welcome papers relevant to the field of health humanities in general.

The case for the impact of creative practices in health, psychological well-being and enhancing social inclusion of people is growing worldwide. We are aware that there are numerous and varied initiatives—often outside academia—in hospitals, social and community centres, mental health centres, schools, museums etc., which are valued and appreciated by users and professionals, but they go mostly unnoticed. We would like to invite everyone to share their experiences and report on impact assessments of these creative practices.

Seville is an ideal location to discuss how creative practices can advance a broader of vision of what it is to care. This city is a melting pot where we still enjoy many vestiges from the past. Seville and Andalusia are a communication platform between Europe, America and Africa. Over many years, Seville has brought different kinds of arts and humanities to the world map of creativity.  Just one example is the 128 operas the city or its people have inspired!
We are delighted to welcome you here, to get to know you, your work and your vision for a better caring future.

Abstract Submission

General Guidelines

The first language of the conference will be English. However, a maximum of one or two panels for each simultaneous communications session may be held in Spanish, depending on the proposals submitted in that language and approved by the scientific committee. The plenary lectures will be in English. Posters must also be written in English.

Each participant may submit up to three proposals, however, his/her name cannot appear in more than five. The presentation may only be carried out by participants enrolled in the conference.

Certificates of attendance can only be issued for proposals delivered during the conference, in the allotted time and date.



fifteen-minute oral presentations gathered in panels of four or five participants plus 30 minutes for discussion.


Proposals of four presentations, including that of the coordinator, which being closely related, share the same goals. In order to submit proposals for a symposium, it is required that the coordinator presents a general abstract with a list of the participants and individual abstracts of each of the presentations.

Creative workshops

These are practical demonstrations of techniques, interventions or procedures used in creative work with various vulnerable populations in order to promote health and social inclusion. The practical component will be a priority in these workshops, with the likely participation of all or part of the attendants. However, some theoretical aspects may be included. Creative workshops panels shall consist of two fifty-minute proposals plus 20 minutes for discussion. The promoters of the workshop should have the materials needed to conduct the workshop in mind. The organization may provide stationery, pens, or any painting material. The contribution for other material must be studied by the organization.


The maximum size of the posters will be 120 cm. (Vertical) x 90 cm (horizontal).

Use of as much graphic information as possible is recommended.

The organization will provide the necessary elements for holding posters. Given the nature of the conference those experiences and practical intervention works that are of interest will be presented in poster format. In this case, the poster should have at least the following structure: - Title of the experience / intervention - Objectives - Description of experience / creative process-Results / Conclusions - Bibliography.

Topics for Papers

  • Participants should categorize their proposals according to one of the main themes of the conference:
  • Analysis of the Concept "Health Humanities": Conflicts and Challenges.
  • The application of creative practice in health and social care and for Enhancing public health and well-being
  • The role of the arts and humanities in health and social innovation
  • Mutuality and reciprocity in applied arts and humanities
  • Assessing the impact of creative practices in the arts and humanities
  • Cultural and discursive study of images and representations of disease, health and personality in literature, arts and history
  • Using narratives and life stories as a therapeutic and research tool
  • Creative practices and Basic Psychological Processes
  • Other topics related to Health and Humanities


Abstracts for all types of participation will consist of 200-250 words. Abstracts structure is flexible, depending on the nature of the content. However the following three-part structure is recommended: 1) Introduction / objectives / frame, 2) methodology / procedure / 3) results / conclusions / discussion. Abstracts will be submitted online via the abstract submission portal.


The deadline for submitting proposals is 15th March 2016 at 00:00. The proposed contribution will be sent only via the submission portal found on this page.

Participants with communications should be officially registered in the congress by 30th June 2016.

The Scientific and Organizing Committee reserves the right to decide the final format (oral or written) of the presentations or inform about the acceptance or rejection of proposals as soon as possible and always before 30th May 2016.

The deadline for early bird registration is 30th June 2016.

Francisco Javier Saavedra Macías, PhD
Organizing Committee Coordinator
Laboratory of Human Activity
Dep. Experimental Psychology
University of Seville
Professor Paul Crawford, PhD
International Health Humanities Network
Director, Centre for Social Futures
Institute of Mental Health
The University of Nottingham
  • Arts & Humanities Research Council
  • The  institue of mental health nottingham
  • National Institute of Health
  • Centre for Advanced Studies
  • The University of Nottingham United Kingdom China Malaysia
  • De Montfort University Leicester
  • OPPNET Basic Behaviour & Social Science Opportunity Network