Welcome to the International Health Humanities Network

The International Health Humanities Network provides a global platform for innovative humanities scholars, medical, health and social care professionals, voluntary sector workers and creative practitioners to join forces with informal and family carers, service-users and the wider self-caring public to explore, celebrate and develop new approaches in advancing health and wellbeing through the arts and humanities in hospitals, residential and community settings.

Supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, this initiative begins a new era in developing the way that arts and humanities knowledge and practice can enhance health and wellbeing.

On this website, members can log the impact of language, literature, history, theology, law, philosophy, visual, performing and multimedia arts, as well as area studies, media and cultural studies, for example, in enhancing the health and wellbeing of society.

Informal carers, service users and the self-caring public are invited to share their ideas of how arts and humanities have benefited them and may benefit others experiencing a particular challenge to their health and wellbeing.

Nurses, doctors, occupational therapists, psychologists, dentists, physiotherapists, social workers, childcare and school workers, alternative and complimentary therapists, as well as those who have traditionally drawn on the arts and humanities such as music therapists, dance and drama therapists, poetry therapists, art therapists, bibliotherapists and sports therapists, are invited to join and report on successful, innovative projects and events in this field.

Whether you are giving or receiving information on this website, we hope you find new people and practical resources around the world that help bring the human back into health.

Things you can do...

  • Become a member and register your areas of interest
  • Find people with shared interests across the globe
  • Write a short impact statement of relevant work or narrative of health and wellbeing achieved through the arts and humanities
  • Access podcasts and other resources and links
  • Rate impact statements and ideas

Major New Book: Health Humanities

A major new book by Paul Crawford, Brian Brown, Charley Baker, Victoria Tischler and Brian Abrams provides the world's first manifesto for the new field of health humanities.

Health Humanities draws upon the multiple and expanding fields of enquiry that link health and social care disciplines with the arts and humanities. It aims to encourage innovation and novel cross-disciplinary explorations of how the arts and humanities can inform and transform healthcare, health and well-being. It calls for a much richer body of work that breaks out of limited applications of the arts and humanities to any specific healthcare discipline, as in the medical humanities, which to date has been largely preoccupied with training medical practitioners.

As a more inclusive and applied field of activity with a fast-growing international community of researchers, health humanities looks to generate diverse and even radical approaches for creating healthier and more compassionate societies. This book aims to assist readers to consider how the arts and humanities can be applied more ambitiously in generating well-being.

Book Details: Crawford, P., Brown, B., Baker, C., Tischler, V. & Abrams, B. (2015) Health Humanities. Palgrave: London.

ISBN-10: 1137282606
ISBN-13: 978-1137282606

Health Humanities: Creative Practices as Care

5th International Health Humanities Conference

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.

Visit the Conference Website

  • 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