May 7-June 1, 2018

The Health and Humanities Pop-Up Institute will convene scholars affiliated with the Humanities Institute and the Dell Medical School to conduct an interdisciplinary exploration of the impact of humanistic approaches to medicine on patients and healthcare workers. The Institute will be organized around three fields of inquiry:

(i) Narrative Medicine/Narratives of Medicine, which will address how effective care, including communication of illness and disease in ways that impact the success of treatment, requires the ability to tell and recognize stories and narratives;

(ii) Humanistic Approaches to Health Equity and Justice, which will address how humanities training can further medical inquiry into health disparities, increase cultural and structural competency, and integrate non-Western and biomedical practices of care; and,

(iii) Community Practice, which will address how the medical humanities can foster partnerships with community organizations in order to develop a more caring society, including increased support for healthcare workers. In order to foster a sustainable, coordinated medical humanities program at UT, the Pop-Up Institute aims to address the need to measure the objective health outcomes of humanistic approaches to medicine with regard to patients, patient communities, and the medical community itself.

The Health and Humanities Pop-Up Institute will take place in May 2018. Applications will become available in November for scholars and researchers interested in participating in the Institute’s seminar.

Organized seminar meetings will be held from 1PM to 4PM on Mondays and Wednesdays from May 7th to May 23rd. Working-groups will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays according to a flexible schedule. In addition, the Institute will hold weekly lunches at 11AM on Mondays, weekly lectures at 12AM on Wednesdays. An opening reception will be held on the first day of the Institute and a final one-day symposium will be held on May 30th that will be free and open to the public.

The Health & Humanities Pop-Up Institute is a collaboration between the Office of the Vice President of Research and the Humanities Institute at the University of Texas at Austin through the following endowments: the Holloway Centennial Lectureship, the Hoffman Centennial Lectureship, the Kidd Centennial Lectureship, and the Ho Distinguished Lecture in China Studies Endowment. Additional support comes from the College of Liberal Arts, the Department of English, and the Dell Medical School.

If you are interested in becoming involved in the Humanities Institute’s 2018 Health and Humanities Pop-Up Institute, you can apply to be a participant here or join our PUI mailing list.

Principal Team

Pauline Strong, Pop-Up Institute Leader, Director, Humanities Institute; Professor, Department of Anthropology, Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, College of Liberal Arts

Claire Callahan, Pop-Up Institute Coordinator; Program Coordinator, Humanities Institute; Lecturer, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts

Philip Barrish, Tony Hilfer Professor of American and British Literature, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts

Virginia A. Brown, Director, Health Disparities; Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health, Dell Medical School

Gloria Gonzalez-Lopez, Professor, Department of Sociology, College of Liberal Arts

Theodore Held, Assistant Professor, Department of Women’s Health, Dell Medical School

Barbara Jones, Professor and Associate Dean for Health Affairs, Steve Hicks School of Social Work; Co-Director of the Institute for Collaborative Health Research and Practice

Madhavi Mallapragada, Associate Professor, Department of Radio-Television-Film, Moody College of Communication

Abena Dove Osseo-Asare, Associate Professor, Department of History, College of Liberal Arts

James W. Pennebaker, Regents Centennial Professor, Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts; Executive Directory of Project 2021

David Ring, Associate Dean of Comprehensive Care; Professor, Department of Surgery & Perioperative Care, Dell Medical School

Stephen Sonnenberg, Adjunct Professor, School of Architecture; Resident Fellow, Humanities Institute, College of Liberal Arts

Steve Steffensen, Chief of the Learning Health System; Clinical Affairs, Dell Medical School

Chelsi West Ohueri, Research Project Manager, Health Disparities; Postdoctoral Fellow, Community Engagement and Health Equity, Population Health, Dell Medical School

Imelda Vetter, Pop-Up Institute Librarian, Health Sciences Librarian, Department of Medical Education, Dell Medical School