International Health Humanities Network Membership
Aaron Williamon is Professor of Performance Science at the Royal College of Music, where he heads the Centre for Performance Science (CPS). His research focuses on skilled performance and applied scientific initiatives that inform music learning and teaching. Aaron is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the UK's Higher Education Academy, and in 2008, he was elected an Honorary Member of the Royal College of Music.
Ian Williams is a comics artist, writer and physician, based in Brighton. His graphic novel, The Bad Doctor, was published in the UK by Myriad Editions, in North America by Penn State University Press and in France by Marabout. It was shortlisted for the Medicine Unboxed Creative Prize 2015, highly commended in the BMA Book Awards 2015, and was included as one of the 40 works in The Great British Graphic Novel exhibition at the Cartoon Museum in London. He is currently working on his second graphic novel, The Lady Doctor, under a contract from the same publishers.
Williams studied Fine Art after medical school and then became involved in the Medical Humanities movement. He named and created the area of study called Graphic Medicine, founding the Graphic Medicine website in 2007, which he currently edits with MK Czerwiec. He is co-author of The Graphic Medicine Manifesto, also from Penn State University Press, which has been nominated for an Eisner Award. He has been the recipient of several grants and has contributed to numerous medical, humanities, and comics publications. Between May 2015 and January 2017 he drew a weekly comic strip, Sick Notes, for The Guardian newspaper.
Quick Bio: worked in mental health nearly 20 years in a variety of workplaces. I now work as a lecturer at the University of Southampton.
Currently undertaking my doctorate looking at what learning occurs in a forum theatre.
I am Lecturer in French Studies at Queen's University Belfast, specialising in medico-literary culture of 19th- and, increasingly, 20th-century France. My research interests include naturalism; the illness narrative (especially autopathography); literary representations of corporeality, contagion and disease; public health and medico-literary cultures in nineteenth-century France. I am currently involved in two reseach projects: (i) an investigation of the language of pain in French autopathographies; and (ii) a monograph project which explores narrative cross-currents in nineteenth-century France by analysing the ways in which scientific, medical and literary writers developed a common tradition of figurative tropes, myths and metaphors in respect of syphilis which, of the so-called social diseases, had the greatest impact on the cultural imagination of the time.
Mike Wilson is Professor of Drama and Dean of Research and the Graduate School at Falmouth University. Previously he was Head of Research at the Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries, University of Glamorgan, where he also ran two research centres. He is also a member of the AHRC Peer Review College and is a member of the Programme Advisory Boards for the RCUK’s programme on the Digital Economy (led by EPSRC) and the AHRC’s programme on Digital Transformations.
His main research interests lie in the field of popular and vernacular performance and he has published extensively on Storytelling, Grand-Guignol and Brecht and his collaborators. In particular, his work on storytelling has led him to work on the interface between storytelling and digital technology and the way in which the internet has enabled the telling and sharing of ‘extraordinary’ stories of the everyday experiences of people.
Associate Professor, School of Education, University of Nottingham. UKCP registered Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, NMC MHN. Senior fellow Institute of Mental Health.
Currently I am a Wellcome Trust-funded Postdoctoral Fellow, in the Centre for the History of Medicine, at the University of Warwick (2012-2015). Previously I was a SSHRC-funded Postdoctoral Fellow, in the Department of Art History & Communication Studies, at McGill University (2010-2012), while my PhD in Art History was completed at the University of Nottingham (2004-2008). My research concerns the history of light therapies (heliotherapy, phototherapy, and chromotherapy) in the UK, France and Switzerland, with a special focus on its visual and material cultures. This stemmed from earlier doctoral research on artists and convalescents on the French Riviera, broadly within the histories of climatotherapy and coastal tourism. I am particularly interested in how attitudes, both historical and contemporary, about sunlight and ultra-violet radiation have developed and continue to remain contentious, ambiguous and conflicting amongst a variety of health practitioners and the general public. The therapeutic use of light remains popular today in both conventional and 'alternative' medicine, while its aesthetic use - that is, for tanning - remains an exceptionally 'hot', and hotly-debated, topic.
>Lisa M. Wong, MD
Dr. Lisa Wong is a pediatrician, musician, and author dedicated to the healing arts of music and medicine. She is a violinist, violist and pianist who has worked at Milton Pediatric Associates since 1986 and is also an Assistant Clinical Professor at Harvard Medical School. In April 2012, she published her first book, Scales to Scalpels: Doctors who practice the healing arts of Music and Medicine, in collaboration with writer Robert Viagas.
Dr. Wong served as President from 1991-2012 of the Longwood Symphony Orchestra, a Boston-based orchestra made up primarily of medical musicians dedicated to Healing the Community through Music, and is a member of its violin section. Inspired by Dr. Albert Schweitzer, LSO combines music, medicine and service and performs every concert to raise awareness and funds for medical nonprofits in the community. LSO musicians also bring music out of the concert hall to patients in hospitals, hospices and other healing spaces throughout greater Boston.
Dr. Wong is a founding member of BACH (Boston Arts Consortium for Health), a Board member of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the BPS Arts Initiative Advisory Council and Lesley University Institute for Arts and Health. She has served on the boards of All-Newton Music School and Young Audiences of Massachusetts and has an ongoing interest in Venezuela's El Sistema music-for-social-change program and Sistema-inspired programs in the U.S.
She is married to violinist Lynn Chang, and has two grown children, who are also musicians.
I am a music therapist, and PhD Student at City University / Nordoff Robbins, London.
I work in ethics and political philosophy, with a particular interest in the concept of wellbeing. I have developing interests in the ethics of health care, and I am a member of the ethics committee of a hospice for children and young adults.