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.

Professor Paul Crawford defines this fast-growing field of Health Humanities as follows: "Health Humanities champions the application of the arts and humanities in interdisciplinary research, education and social action to inform and transform health and social care, health or well-being. It aims to be inclusive of viewpoints and contributions from within and beyond medicine; value the experiences and resources of the public; explore diverse approaches to achieving, maintaining or recovering quality of life; and strives for demonstrable impacts, not least in providing new evidence and insights for the education or practices of those planning, organising or working for the health of any population."

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

9th International Health Humanities Conference

The 2020 International Health Humanities Conference will be held at St Luke's International University, Tokyo, Japan, from 23-26 October. The conference will bring together a diverse range of scholars and practitioners seeking to advance healthcare, health and well-being through the arts and humanities.

The event will take place during the 100th anniversary of nursing education in Japan and the bicentenary of the birth of Florence Nightingale.

Call for Proposals

Check out the live website for further details and updates on calls

Health Humanities Medal 2018 - A New National Award in the Health Humanities

A new national award on the UK, The Health Humanities Medal has been sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Wellcome.

Find out more:

  • 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