The Groningen Centre for Health & Humanities

Spokesperson: Rina Knoeff

The Groningen Centre for Health & Humanities ( GCH2 ) unites researchers working on a diverse range of topics. These include the history of medicine and the body, historical demography, gender, health politics, art history, architecture, linguistics and literary studies. Our interdisciplinary research is aimed at understanding the cultural, historical, social, and political mechanisms of health and wellbeing. Together with health professionals and policy makers, we then ask how we can apply this body of knowledge in every-day practice.

Rina Knoeff is professor of health and humanities at the University of Groningen. Her work is on the cultural history of early modern medicine, health and the body. In previous projects she focused on the Enlightenment medicine of the Dutch Boerhaave school as well as the history of anatomical collections. She has recently turned to the history of healthy living and aging, thereby connecting history and contemporary challenges. The link between past and present also drives her work as director of the Groningen Centre for Health and Humanities and at the Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health.


Initiatives Humanités Biomedicales at Sorbonne University Paris

Spokesperson: Jean-Cassien Billier


Centre for Health and Medical Humanities, University of Kent, UK

Spokespersons: Dieter Declercq and Stella Bolaki

Launched in 2022, the Centre for Health and Medical Humanities (CHMH) brings together scholars who investigate the relationship of the arts and humanities to health, healthcare, medicine and medical education. Together we seek to create a space for transdisciplinary exchange to build shared knowledge, skills and capacity in the health and medical humanities within the Division of Arts and Humanities and across the University of Kent. Our members’ research contributes to debates relating to historical, philosophical, artistic and interdisciplinary understandings of health and medicine across different cultures, contexts and languages. Our scholarship aims to improve health and wellbeing, inform healthcare practice and training, and transform research through innovative and creative methods. We work with a range of partners and communities who support us in our mission and activities.

Dieter Declercq is Senior Lecturer in Film and Media, and Convenor of the MA Film programme. He is also Co-Director of the Centre for Health and Medical Humanities. Dieter’s work investigates the important contributions of popular media and aesthetic activity to our lives, health and wellbeing. He is passionate about collaborating with artists, professionals and researchers from a variety of backgrounds. Current research projects include stand-up comedy and eating disorder recovery; play as well-being resource; and the future of mental healthcare. He is also co-host of the webinar-podcast series, Conversations about Arts, Humanities and Health.

Stella Bolaki is Reader in American Literature and Medical Humanities in the School of English and Co-Director of the Centre for Health and Medical Humanities. Her work focuses on the aesthetic, ethical and cultural importance of contemporary representations of illness and disability across different arts and media. She values collaboration with artists, charities, cultural organisations and health professionals. Current research includes a book project on contemporary discourses of self-care and wellness; and a practice-based interdisciplinary project that explores the uses of artists’ books in processing the experiences of mothers whose children have been taken into care and placed for adoption without their consent.


The Institute for Medical Humanities at Durham University

Spokesperson: Angela Woods

Angela Woods is Professor of Medical Humanities in the Department of English Studies at Durham University. She was appointed Director of the Institute for Medical Humanities (IMH) in 2022 and became Director of the Discovery Research Platform for Medical Humanities in 2023. Prior to this she was Co-Director of IMH and of Hearing the Voice, a ten-year interdisciplinary research project on hearing voices. Angela’s research focuses on experiences of psychosis, the role of narrative within the medical humanities and healthcare more broadly, and the doing of interdisciplinarity. She is Programme Director of the MA for Medical Humanities and a series editor of Bloomsbury’s Critical Interventions in the Medical and Health Humanities.

The Institute for Medical Humanities (IMH) at Durham University is conducts interdisciplinary research into ‘hidden experience’, investigating experiences of health and illness which are marginalised, difficult, unspeakable, unacknowledged, or invisible. The Institute currently supports 80 Fellows, a vibrant postgraduate and early career network, the UK’s first Creative Facilitation Unit, and the Centre for the Philosophy of Epidemiology, Medicine and Public Health in partnership with the University of Johannesburg. IMH researchers have played a central role in identifying and shaping the critical medical humanities including through our field-leading website The Polyphony.

In 2023, IMH was awarded £9.5m by Wellcome to develop the Discovery Research Platform for Medical Humanities. The Platform will tackle the major barriers faced by researchers in the medical humanities, hosting six methods labs, working across three community-based sites, and supporting international networks including the Black Health and the Humanities Network.


The College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies at the University of Galway

Spokespersons: Michal Molcho and Anna Gasperini

Michal Molcho, Head of School of Education, is a Sociologist (Sociology of Health) and the founder of the  Children Studies Discipline. Professor Molcho is leading the development and expansion of this inter-disciplinary programme in the College of Arts. Before assuming the role of Head of School of Education, Professor Molcho was the Head of the Discipline of Children’s Studies, Vice Dean for Research (2021-2022) and Vice Dean for Internationalisation (2018-2021). In the academic year 2021/22, Professor Molcho introduces a new masters degree, MSc in Adolescent Health, and she is the Director of this programme. Previously she was a lecturer Health Promotion, National University of Ireland, Galway, and member of the Health Promotion Research Centre (HPRC) since 2005. Prior to joining the Department of Health Promotion, she worked in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Bar Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel (1996-2004) as a researcher and later as an associate researcher and project director in the Research Program on Adolescent Health.

Anna Gasperini is Lecturer in Children’s Literature and Culture at the University of Galway, Ireland. She received her PhD in English from the University of Galway in 2017 with a thesis on dissection and bodily integrity anxieties in Victorian popular fiction, which became her first monograph, Nineteenth Century Popular Fiction, Medicine, and Anatomy – The Victorian Penny Blood and the 1832 Anatomy Act (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019). From 2019 to 2021, she was Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy, where she developed FED – Feeding, Educating, Dieting: A Transnational Approach to Nutrition Discourses in Children’s Narratives (Britain and Italy, 1850-1900). In 2022, she was awarded an IRC Starting Laureate Award to develop MILC – MedIcal Literature and Communication about Child health (1850-1914) at the University of Galway. Dr Gasperini’s research interest cover children’s literature and culture; child health history and culture; C19th literature and culture; food studies; body theory; and discourse theory. She is especially interested in literary research devoted to understanding issues of health related to underprivileged, exposed, and/or powerless groups, mainly the poor and children/young people


The Centre for Medical Humanities at Uppsala University

Spokesperson: Ylva Söderfeldt

TheCentre for Medical Humanities at Uppsala university is a collaboration between the Faculty of Arts, the Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy and the Department of History of Science and Ideas at Uppsala University. The purpose is to facilitate multidisciplinary collaboration on issues relating to medicine and health in education and research. The Centre for Medical Humanities is hosted by the Department of History of Science and Ideas.

Ylva Söderfeldt, Associate Professor of History of Science and Ideas and Director of the Centre for Medical Humanities at Uppsala university. As a researcher she specializes in 19th and 20th century medicine, having published extensively on lay-expert relationships in medicine, disability history, and history of emotions. Since 2023, she is PI of the ERC Starting Grant project ActDisease in which she leads an interdisciplinary team of researchers in exploring the transformation of illness concepts in the 20th century through the lens of patient organizations. Since gaining her doctorate in History from stuttgart University in 2011, she has had fellowships at institutions in Germany (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science), the United States (University of California at Los Angeles), and France (German Historical Institute), and received multiple recognitions for her research, including several grants and scholarships, Uppsala University’s Oscar Prize, and the appointment to the Young Academy of Sweden and the National Committee for History of Technology and Science.


The Centre for Medical Humanities and Bioethics at Linköping University

Spokespersons: Kristin Zeiler and Lisa Guntram

Lisa Guntram is associate professor at the Department of Thematic Studies – Technology and Social Change and coordinator of the Centre for Medical Humanities and Bioethics, both at Linköping University, Sweden. With a specific interest in embodiment and gender, her research often examines how different actors make sense of embodiment and how norms are enacted, negotiated and challenged in medical encounters. Currently, she PI of the project “The Many Meanings of Perineal Injuries” (funded by FORTE – The Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare 2021-2025). Her work has been published in internationally leading journals, such as BMJ Medical Humanities, Bioethics, and Social Science and Medicine.

Kristin Zeiler is Professor at the Department of Thematic Studies – Technology and Social Change, and Director of the Centre for Medical Humanities and Bioethics, Linköping University. Her research investigates, i.a., subjectivity, norms about bodies, biomedicalization, the phenomenology of different illnesses, and how different epistemological perspectives and methodologies help shape the production of knowledge objects such as diseases/illnesses. She is PI of the project “Biomedicine, Clinical Knowledge, and the Humanities in Collaboration: A Novel Epistemology for Radically Interdisciplinary Health Research and Policy-Work on Post-Covid-19 Syndrome” (funded by the Swedish Research Council 2022-2027), has published extensively in international peer-review journals and co-edited, for example, the volume Feminist Phenomenology and Medicine (with Käll, 2014).

The aims of The Centre for Medical Humanities and Bioethics (CMHB) are to strengthen research and teaching in medical humanities and bioethics and at the intersection of humanities, social sciences, clinical practices, and biomedicine. CMHB provides a space for interdisciplinary collaborations and conversations on topics related to health, illness, embodiment, norms about bodies, knowledge production practices and health/medical technologies and practices. Predominantly, we work from within perspectives such as medical sociology, feminist technoscience/STS, philosophy of medicine, critical phenomenology, history of medicine, medical ethics, gender studies, literature, anthropology, and public health.

School of Medicine of Universidad de La Sabana (Colombia)

Spokespersons: Erwin Hernando Hernandes Rincon

Universidad de La Sabana is a non-profit private institution of higher education founded in Colombia in September 1979. Situated on a vast campus spanning 65 hectares in the town of Chía, just 20 minutes from the capital, University of La Sabana stands out as one of Colombia’s few institutions with High Quality Institutional Accreditation. Among its notable features is the Personalized Orientation model, a unique educational approach tailored to students’ needs. La Sabana boasts a robust scholarship program, annually granting over 2,800 scholarships to undergraduate students. Renowned for its leadership in International Education, the university actively engages in networks to foster global higher education collaboration. With over 168 agreements with 141 institutions in 32 countries, University of La Sabana offers a well-established Spanish program, attracting more than 700 international students in the last five years. The university also offers short summer and winter courses providing insights into Latin American culture. La Sabana’s teaching hospital offers comprehensive healthcare and plays a pivotal role in educating students in healthcare through research and teaching activities. The hospital is esteemed for its specialized rehabilitation services for individuals with physical disabilities, holding the CARF international accreditation.

Erwin Hernando Hernandez Rincon has been an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at the School of Medicine of Universidad de La Sabana since 2005. He holds a degree in Medicine, a Master’s in Primary Care Research, a Master’s in Government and Healthcare Management, a Master’s in Public Health, and a Doctorate (PhD) in Clinical Research. Additionally, he serves as the director of the research group “Family Medicine and Population Health”, recognized by the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation (Minciencias) of Colombia. He also holds the position of Academic Coordinator for the Virtual Campus of Public Health (VCPH) at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) for Colombia. Dr. Hernández also possesses a robust background in community-based interventions, social determinants of health, and health education for healthcare professionals. He has contributed to numerous international and national health initiatives and has an extensive publication record in these areas. Lastly, he has been engaged in multiple community projects aimed at advancing health and well-being among vulnerable populations.


The Department of Bioethics at the University of Chile

Spokesperson: AnaMaria Arriagada



The Temerty Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto

Spokesperson: Sarah Kim

The Temerty Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto is at the centre of one of North America’s largest biomedical research, education and clinical care networks. With nine fully affiliated research-intensive hospitals – and dozens of community and clinical care sites – Temerty Medicine offers unparalleled opportunities in Canada’s most dynamic city for our more than 9,000 faculty and staff and 7,000 learners at all levels. The Health, Arts, and Humanities Theme in Medical Education advances a deeper understanding of health, illness, human suffering and disability by creating a community of engaged educators, learners, researchers and practitioners in the clinical sciences, the arts and the humanities at the University of Toronto and beyond.
Dr. Sarah Kim is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto, serving as the Health Humanities Theme Lead for the Temerty Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto.  She heads the Program in Health, Arts & Humanities, contributing additionally as Dance Artist-in-Residence.  Dr. Kim works as a family physician with focused practices in Narrative Medicine, Medical Psychotherapy and Sports & Exercise Medicine, formerly practicing Emergency Medicine for nearly a decade prior to motherhood.  Her work as an independent dance artist draws from the martial arts, urban and contemporary dance and the circus arts.  Within her medical and teaching practice, Sarah integrates the arts and humanities, mindfulness meditation and movement education as generative components of resiliency and compassion-based care.  Her investigations examine the relationship between high performance and historical ideas around the body, exploring embedded hierarchies and the intersection of humanness within industrialized systems.  As a teacher, Sarah employs the arts a means of transformative analysis in the deconstruction and reconstruction of professional identity.  Her method encourages a non-intrusive approach, inviting dialogue and positive affirmation of the full spectrum of the human experience that support the development of a well and resilient healthcare force; the foundation of a robust and compassionate healthcare system.


Health, Humanities, and Society Program at Northeastern University

Director: Sari Altschuler

The Health, Humanities, and Society (HHS) Program is designed for students who would like to learn how to think capaciously and creatively about health using the rigorous, precise, and flexible skills trained by the social sciences and the humanities. This program focuses especially on the futures of healthcare (digital health and the datafication of health and healthcare) and includes a minor, two combined majors (Health Humanities + Public Health and Health Humanities + Health Sciences), and a student research initiative. HHS was developed with the assistance of two generous grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Sari Altschuler is associate professor of English and founding director of the Health, Humanities, and Society Program at Northeastern University. She works in literature, health humanities, and disability studies, and is the author of The Medical Imagination: Literature and Health in the Early United States (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018) and co-editor, with Jonathan Metzl and Priscilla Wald, of Keywords for Health Humanities (New York University Press, 2023). With Amy Boesky and David Jones, she co-directs the Critical Health Humanities seminar at Harvard University’s Mahindra Humanities Center.


Critical Health Humanities Seminar at Harvard’s Mahindra Humanities Center

Codirectors: Sari Altschuler, Amy Boesky, David S. Jones

Harvard University hosts many programs relevant to the health and humanities. The Faculty of Arts and Sciences has faculty and PhD students working on relevant topics in History, Comparative Literature, Anthropology, Sociology, History of Science, and other fields. Harvard Medical School has an Arts and Humanities Initiative which works to support students and faculty who are active in writing, visual arts, music, dance, theater, history, etc. Our students and faculty participate in the Critical Health Humanities seminar, hosted by Harvard’s Mahindra Humanities Center, which convenes scholars from many universities and hospitals in the Boston area who are interested in the health humanities. The Critical Health Humanities Seminar provides a space for vibrant interdisciplinary conversation about health- related topics from a humanities perspective. We imagine both health and the humanities broadly and host conversations from disciplines that include literature, history, art history, rhetoric, religion, philosophy, sociology, and anthropology. Our seminar focuses on new critical directions for the health humanities, including work that intersects with public health, global health, critical race studies, gender and sexuality studies, environmental humanities, digital humanities, and disability studies.

David S. Jones is the A. Bernard Ackerman Professor of the Culture of Medicine at Harvard University. A psychiatrist and historian of medicine, he teaches history, medical ethics, and social medicine at Harvard College and Harvard Medical School. He has pursued several research projects. One examined the history of the epidemics that followed European arrival in the Americas, focusing on both the social determinants of disease and the explanations given for the health inequalities that exist between populations. Another traced the history of decision making in cardiac therapeutics in the twentieth century, especially the problem of decision making in the setting of uncertainty. He is currently working on a history of heart disease and health policy in India.


School of Humanities and Sciences, Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages at Stanford University

Spokesperson: Laura Wittman

Stanford University has a number of important programs in the Health Humanities. The Medicine and the Muse program, situated in the Stanford Medical School, has been working for three decades in three key ares: (1) providing Medical Humanities pathways and instruction for medical students; (2) offering workshops and other support for health care workers who are also writers and artists; this includes the publication Pegasus; and (3) supporting and centralizing events around campus that promote Health Humanities, be they film series, conferences, concerts, or the Covid Rememberance Project that involved the whole local community. The Medical Humanities Workshop at the Stanford Humanities Center, connected with the Department of Anthropology and its Medical Anthropology program, as well as with the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, has been hosting scholars, artists, and activists from all over the world for seminars and talks. It is also a place for graduates students and faculty to share work in progress, and is connected to the Medical Humanities Minor for undergraduates at Stanford.

The School of Public Health, Division of Social and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Capetown

Spokesperson: Carla Tsampiras

Carla Tsampiras is an associate professor in Medical and Health Humanities, in the Division of Social and Behavioural Sciences, in the School of Public Health, at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She is a health historian interested in sexuality, ‘race’, class, and gender and has worked on HIV and AIDS; gender, violence and slavery; and feminism and humanities in health sciences education. Her current research and teaching focuses on connections between flesh foods, violence, gender and health (that of earthlings and the planet). She is a founding member of the Medical and Health Humanities Africa (MHHA) network, and an advisory board member of Environmental Humanities South, the Institute for Medical Humanities, Durham, UK and the Reimagining Reproduction project at the University of Pretoria, South Africa


Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

Spokesperson: Divya Dwivedi

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi is one of the 23 IITs created to be Centres of Excellence for training, research and development in science, engineering and technology in India. Established as College of Engineering in 1961, the Institute was later declared as an Institution of National Importance in 1963 and was then accorded the status of a Deemed University with powers to decide its own academic policy, to conduct its own examinations, and to award its own degrees. Since its inception, over 48000 have graduated from IIT Delhi in various disciplines including Engineering, Physical Sciences, Management and Humanities & Social Sciences. Of these, nearly 5070 received Ph.D. degrees. The number of students who graduated with B.Tech. degree is over 15738. The rest obtained Master’s Degree in Engineering, Sciences and Business Administration. These alumni today work as scientists, technologists, business managers and entrepreneurs. There are several alumni who have moved away from their original disciplines and have taken to administrative services, active politics or are with NGOs. In doing so, they have contributed significantly to building of this nation, and to industrialization around the world.

Divya Dwivedi is a philosopher and narratologist based in India. She is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Literature at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, and member of the Steering Committee of the IIT Delhi-Sorbonne University Integrated Health Campus since 2023. Her research is concerned with the ontology of the literary, the addressee function, postcolonial racisms, and Psychoanalysis. Dwivedi’s most recent works include Jean-Luc Nancy : Anastasis de la pensée (co-editor; Éd. Hermann, 2023)The Virality of Evil: Philosophy in the Time of a Pandemic (editor; Roman & Littlefield, 2022), Gandhi and Philosophy: On Theological Anti-Politics co-authored with Shaj Mohan (Foreword by Jean-Luc Nancy; Bloomsbury, 2019), Narratology and Ideology: Negotiating Context, Form, and Theory in Postcolonial Narratives (co-editor; Ohio State University Press, 2018), and the special issue of Critical Philosophy of Race vol. 11 no.1 (guest-editor, 2023). Since 2018, Dwivedi is a member of the Theory Committee of the International Comparative Literature Association. With Robert J. C. Young she is currently editing a special issue of Parallax on “Decanonizing Literary Theory”. Her book Indian Philosophy, Indian Revolution (Hurst, 2024) with Shaj Mohan is forthcoming. In November 2020, Dwivedi co-founded the open access multilingual journal Philosophy World Democracy together with Jean-Luc Nancy, Shaj Mohan, Achille Mbembe, and Mireille Delmas-Marty.


Peking University School of Health Humanities

Spokesperson: Liping Guo

Peking University School of Health Humanities (SHH) is a teaching and research entity in the field of medical and health humanities and social sciences. It carries both western and eastern traditions in the humanities and is deeply influenced by the well-grounded cultural and intellectual heritage from Peking University. By embracing a number of arts and humanities disciplines, it explores the value and meaning of medicine and health. SHH commits itself to multi-disciplinary dialogues and inter-disciplinary integration between medical sciences, the humanities and social sciences so as to provide theoretical and empirical support for the reform and development in medical education and health care in China.

SHH comprises seven departments and one center: the Department of History and Philosophy of Medicine, the Department of Medical Ethics and Law, the Department of Medical Psychology, the Department of Language and Culture in Medicine, the Department of Health Politics, the Department of Health Informatics and Management, the Department of Physical Education and Health, the Center for Aesthetics and Art Education. In addition, the Center of Marxism Research, the Center for Research on the History of Medicine, Center for Narrative Medicine, Research Center on Sexology, and China-US Center on Medical Professionalism are affiliated with the School of Health Humanities.

Liping Guo is Dean of the School of Health Humanities, Peking University (China). She has an MA in English and a PhD in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine. She is appointed professor of English in Peking University since 2011 and teaches three courses to undergraduate and graduate students: English, Introduction to Literature and Medicine, and Narrative Medicine. She is the leading figure in the spread and localization of narrative medicine in China. She is the Chinese translator of Rita Charon’s two books in narrative medicine, and has published many papers and two textbooks in narrative medicine for hospital resident trainees in Chinese. She is the editor of the book Narrative Medicine Cases and Practice in China (in Chinese). She has also co-edited a book in English Film and the Chinese Medical Humanities with Chris Berry and Vivienne Lo, published by Routledge in 2020.


School of Interdisciplinary Science and Innovation at Kyushu University (Japan)

Spokesperson: Jan Lauwereyns

Kyushu University is a leading research-oriented institution of higher education located in Fukuoka City, Kyushu — Japan’s southwestern island with a population and land size comparable to Belgium. One of the Big Seven national universities, Kyushu University is consistently ranked in the top ten of Japanese university rankings by QS, THE, etc. Kyushu University hosts 12 undergraduate schools, 19 graduate schools, 17 faculties, 5 research institutes, and a hospital, as well as over 50 affiliated research centers. With an enrollment of nearly 20,000 students, the over 2,300 international students represent 102 countries, reflecting the university’s steadfast commitment to internationalization. As a Designated National University Corporation, Kyushu University plays an active role in tackling pressing social and global issues by leveraging its strengths in the fields of “decarbonization”, “medicine and health” and “environment and food”.

Jan Lauwereyns (1969) obtained a Ph.D. in Cognitive Science at the University of Leuven in Belgium in 1998. His scientific work centers on the cognitive and neural mechanisms of decision-making, with applications toward bioethics. He conducted research at Juntendo University in Japan, the U.S. National Institutes of Health, and Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, before shifting to Kyushu University in Japan in 2010. In 2013 he was appointed Full Professor at Kyushu University. Lauwereyns has published widely, including academic papers in journals such as Nature and Neuron. He is the author of the monographs “The Anatomy of Bias” and “Brain and the Gaze”, both published with The MIT Press. In 2022, he was appointed Senior Vice President for International Affairs, Public Relations, and Student Support at Kyushu University. In addition to his academic career, Lauwereyns is an established writer in his native language Dutch, having published more than twenty volumes of prose or poetry, including three novels. His awards include the VSB Poetry Prize and the Hugues C. Pernath Prize.


The Department of Medical Humanities & Social Medicine at National Cheng Kung University

Harry Yi-Jui Wu is a historian of medicine. He was trained in medicine in Taiwan before obtaining a DPhil in modern history at the University of Oxford in 2012. His current research projects mainly focus on the transnational histories of mental health. His first book, “Mad by the Millions: Mental Disorders and the Early Years of the World Health Organization,” was published by MIT Press in 2021. Besides historical research, he is also interested in commenting and critiquing humanities pedagogy in medical education. Before becoming an Associate Professor at National Cheng Kung University, he taught at Nanyang Technological University and the University of Hong Kong between 2013 and 2021, where he led medical humanities programs at two schools of medicine. In 2020, he was elected Early Career Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Humanities.


The School of Art, Communication and English _ Media and Communications at the University of Sydney

Spokesperson: Olaf Werder

Media and Communications is a discipline in the University’s School of Art, Communication and English, which itself is part of its Faculty of Art and Social Sciences. Combining scholarly knowledge, industry experience and technical expertise has put MECO (short for Media & Communication) at the forefront of media and communications research and teaching, positioned to respond to the challenges of an ever-changing media landscape. Its aim is to bring the critical power of the humanities to bear on all forms of media to investigate rapidly emerging technologies and contemporary content practices. Its teaching areas include news and feature journalism, audio and video production, digital cultures, media theory and ethics, social media, public relations and health communications. As for its research, given its interdisciplinary nature and spirit of enquiry has led to collaborations across the University, and indeed the world, in research partnerships targeting complex issues.

Dr. Olaf Werder holds a senior lectureship and directorship in health communication in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney. After a professional career in the communication industry, working for broadcast media sales and advertising agencies, he held academic appointments at the University of Florida and the University of New Mexico in the United States prior to joining the University of Sydney in 2011. As the program director for health communication, he is responsible for all core units in the degree program each year, which are typically offered in multiple in-person as well as online seminars. His research in general focuses on understanding how people communicate and understand health to identify community-collaborative pathways for system changes and improved health outcomes. Working with colleagues in Canberra, he explores issues of health humanities and social practice approaches and how they relate to communication practice.


Weill Cornell Medicine in Qatar (WCM-Q)

Spokesperson: Alan Weber

Weill Cornell Medicine in Qatar (WCM-Q) is the first American medical school established outside the United States. WCM-Q is at the forefront of medical education, biomedical research, and population health in the Middle East. WCM-Q was founded in 2001 through a partnership between Cornell University and the Qatar Foundation. The Weill Cornell Medicine in Quata is a pioneering joint venture between Qatar Foundation and Cornell University, a research-intensive, academic medical institution. They leverage unique programs, progressive partnerships, and strategic location to develop outstanding physicians, scientists, and future healthcare leaders, generate significant discoveries that transform healthcare, and promote population health through deeply-rooted community engagement.

Dr. Alan S. Weber, PhD, has taught the Medical and Health Humanities–including literature and medicine, narrative medicine, and the history, philosophy and sociology of medicine–at Weill Cornell Medicine–Qatar for the past seventeen years. He held previous appointments at Cornell University and The Pennsylvania State University. He has directed a number of narrative medicine and medical humanities projects in Qatar at the national and institutional level including a nationally-distributed public brochure on Health Website Reliability, a Arabic/English book of patient education cancer survivor stories for the Qatar Cancer Society, a QNRF-funded research project on Literature and Medicine, six volumes of medical student essay writing, and the first cross-disciplinary Art-Medicine undergraduate course in the Arabian Gulf (with Stephen Scott, M.D.). He conducted an interventional educational trial on the use of graphic novels in medical ethics teaching in 2015. He has organized and Co-Directed twelve ACCME-accredited Continuing Medical Education workshops on the medical humanities at WCM-Q. He was the lead organizer of the 1st and 2nd International Conferences on the Medical Humanities in the Middle East in 2018 and 2022. He shared with his co-authors the 2017 Outstanding Book Award from the U.S. National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).