Health Humanities Events Around the World

Upcoming Events

ETRe - Emotions in the Therapeutic Relationship 
The Sciences, Normes et Démocratie (SND) team of Sorbonne Université is proposing a collaboration with Stanford University's Medicine and the Muse program and the Integrated Research Site on Cancer (SiRIC) CURAMUS to explore the presence, role and value of emotions in the therapeutic relationship. This two-days conference will take place in Paris on the 4th and 5th of September 2019. (View Program, View Flyer)

36th Annual Nursing & Health Care History Conference  - 2019 Call for Abstracts
The conference provides a forum for researchers interested in sharing new research that addresses events, issues, and topics in any area of nursing and healthcare history, broadly construed to encompass the history of nursing, global nursing history, nursing practice, healthcare institutions, caring, illness, healing work and public health.
Dallas, Texas
September 19-21, 2019
Sheraton Downtown Dallas

Pro-Social Play! 
International conference on Storytelling and Well-being across Media Borders 
17-19 October, 2019, University of Kent, U.K.

Examined Life Conferenc
October 24 – 26, 2019 (pre-conference workshops may be available October 22 and 23)
University of Iowa

Gold Humanism Summit
October 27th - 30th, 2019
This first Gold Humanism Summit will include:
·    the Mapping the Landscape Symposium, the annual convening of MTL grantees to present their work and gather with like-minded researchers of humanism
·    the GHHS conference, a gathering for Gold Humanism Honor Society members to learn from and collaborate with one another
an Executive Leadership Track for leaders passionate about cultivating a humanistic culture at their health institutions
Gold Foundation sessions devoted to the pressing topics of humanism today.

Past Events


CHCI Health and Medical Humanities Network Summer Institute - Paris 2019
The conference will be hosted by Columbia Global Centers | Paris on June 14-15, 2019, with the theme "Health Beyond Borders." The Summer Institute will be followed by a Summer School for graduate and early career researchers (June 17-19).

Creating Space IX
April 12-13, 2019, Hamilton, ON
Theme: Cultural Humility and Contemporary Medical Practice: (How) Can the Humanities Help

Convening on the Integration of Arts, Humanities, and STEMM in Higher Education
April 12, 2019 in Washington, DC
*SUBMIT YOUR POSTER/EXHIBIT! Deadline for abstracts: February 28, 2019.
*PITCH YOUR COURSE! Deadline for abstracts: February 28, 2019.
For submissions and inquiries about this event email: Irene Ngun at

The Power of Narrative
April 5 and 6, 2019 - Cleveland, OH/Case Western Reserve University
Here is the link to register:

The Environments of the Health Humanities: Inquiry and Practice
Location: DePaul University Conference Center
Dates:  March 28-30, 2019
Abstract Submission date: September 30 (Click here for information and forms)
Hotels: Palmer House Hilton and Club Quarters Loop

The #Reframe Conference: Mental Health & The Media
Sat, March 23, 2019 @ 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM
International House at UC Berkeley

Leaders from Sundance Film Institute, the On Being podcast, Harvard Neurology, and elsewhere exploring the intersections of media, film, health care, storytelling, and more. Meet journalists and media executives and others leading in their fields who are changing the conversation on mental health. You can register your spot here.

Midwest Medical Humanities Conference
Location: IUPUI in Indianapolis
Dates: March 23, 2019 @ 9 am - 4 pm
We invite undergraduate students to submit abstracts using this link and to register here​.


NLM to Host "Viral Networks: An Advanced Workshop in Digital Humanities and Medical History"
January 29-30, 2018
Bethesda, Maryland

"Opening Doors: from the medical to the health humanities
Friday, March 23 @ 3 pm - 8 pm
Drew University, Madison, NJ

International Health Humanities Consortium Conference: Frankenstein@200
April 20-22, 2018
Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

The 9th Annual Hippocrates Poetry & Medicine Symposium
May 10-11, 2018
Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois

American Osler Society Meeting
May 13-16, 2018
University of Pittsburgh
Abstract should be sent by e-mail to: and must be received by November 15, 2017

Narrative Healthcare Atelier and Certificate Program, Mount Sinai Hospital and U. Toronto
June 1-4, 2018

Qui a peur des humanités médicales? (Who's afraid of medical humanities?)
Sorbonne, Paris, France June 18, 2018

7th International Health Humanities Conference
August 2-4, 2018
Southampton UK

Comics and Medicine: The Ways We Work
August 16-18, 2018
White River Junction, Vermont

Tell Me What Hurts: Storytelling and the Healing Arts
Thursday, September 13, 2018, 8:15 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
University of New England, Biddeford, Mainen

Free and open to the public, with registration requiredThe Examined Life Conference
Location: University of Iowa
Dates: October 25, 26, & 27, 2018

The 2018 Research Institute for Interdisciplinary Medical Humanities: “Uneven Distribution of Humanity”
November 2-4, 2018
National Cheng Kung University
Tainan, Taiwan

The Mayo Clinic Center for Humanities in Medicine -  “Education and Research in the Arts and Humanities in Healthcare”
Jacksonville, Florida
November 10-11, 2018
Proposals will be received through July 31, 2018


Health Humanities & Arts in Health International Symposium
November 27-28, 2017
Derby Enterprise Centre, UK

Metaphor in Literature and Science
November 4, 2017
King's College London
Deadline for Submissions: October 1, 2017

2017 Humanities in Medicine Symposium
October 27-29, 2017
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Pathographics 2017
Stories of Illness / Disability in Literature and Comics: Intersections of the Medical, the Personal, and the Cultural
October 27-28, 2017
Berlin, Germany
Submit proposals to by May 31, 2017

The Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaboration
October 20-22, 2017
Portland, Oregon

2017 American Conference on Physician Health: Creating an Organizational Foundation to Achieve Joy in Medicine
October 12-13, 2017
Palace Hotel, San Francisco

All abstracts must be submitted online by March 1st (11:59 p.m. Pacific time). Click HERE to learn more.

Medical Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Environment Conference
September 29-30, 2017
Harvard University
Abstracts of 300-400 words are due by 06/15/2017 and should be sent by email to

National Organization for Arts in Health - First Annual Conference 
September 18-20, 2017
Austin, TX
Registere HERE

Western Michigan University Medical Humanities Conference

September 14-15, 2017
Fetzer Center, Western Michigan University
Register HERESubmission deadline: May 1st

Inaugural Medical Humanities Conference
August 23-25, 2017
Chancellor College, University of Malawi
CFP: send abstracts to by Friday, April 21, 2017

International Conference on ‘Medicine, Literature and Culture in the Early Modern Hispanic World’
July 3-5, 2017
University of St Andrews, Scotland
Please send in a 200 word abstract, including title, in Microsoft Word format to Dr Ted Bergman: Panel
proposals will also be considered. Please be sure to include your name, title, institution and e-mail address in you proposal. The deadline is 15 December, 2016.

SLSAeu Conference: Empathies - European Society for Literature, Science and the Arts
June 21-24, 2017
Basel, Switzerland

2017 Comics & Medicine Conference: Access Points
June 15 – 17, 2017
Seattle Public Library Central Branch
Proposals should be submitted by January 30th to:

International Neuroscience and Music Conference
June 15-18, 2017
Harvard Medical School
Reduced registration fees for the three day conference is offered until March 31, and registration will close on June 8. For more information and to register, please go to their website through this link.

8th International Poetry and Medicine Symposium and Hippocrates Awards
May 6, 2017
Harvard Medical School
Early bird registration deadline: April 7, 2017

The National Conference for Physician-Scholars in the Social Sciences and Humanities
April 29-30, 2017
Harvard Medical School
Abstract submission deadline: Feb 15, 2017

Creating Space VII: Dreaming the Myth Onward: The Stories We Don’t Always Tell (A CCME pre-conference)
April 28-29, 2017
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Proposals are due no later than midnight EDT, December 31st, 2016. All proposals must be submitted to the following address:

AMWA’s 102nd Annual Meeting
March 30- April 2, 2017
Embassy Suites SFO Waterfront

GHHS 2017 National Conference: Cultivating Resiliency Through Humanism and Community
March 30 - April 1, 2017
Chicago Westin O'Hare
Submissions due October 10: Please submit your Gold Mining proposal online at 

Arts in Health California Conference @ UCSF
March 18, 2017
UCSF Mission Bay
Click HERE to purchase tickets

Health Humanities Consortium 3rd annual conference
March 9-11, 2017
University of Texas Health Science Center
Abstract proposals are due by September 31, 2016.

First International Arts & Dementia Research Conference
March 9-10, 2017
Royal Society for Public Health, London
Registration (limited to 90) will open on June 15, 2016.
Proposals are due on July 15, 2016.
Organizers will offer 10 doctoral students (whose proposals are accepted) bursaries to cover cost of registration.

2017 International Conference on Medical Humanities
March 10-11, 2017
Warsaw, Poland
Register HERE by January 31, 2017

Drew University’s Transatlantic Connections 4 Conference
January 11-15, 2017
Bundoran, Ireland
For more information on the conference, email

Call for Proposals: Equality Emerging: The Field of Medical Humanities' Influence on Healthcare Access and Delivery
Proposals submitted by graduate students, scholars, faculty, and researchers for presentations, performances, and exhibits are welcome and must be received no later than October 11, 2016. Please send proposals to Proposals must not exceed 350 words, plus a short presenter bio. All presenters must register as conference presenters and pay registration fee. Accepted applicants will be informed no later than October 20, 2016.

MLA 2017
January 5-8, 2017
Philadelphia, PA
Pennsylvania Convention Center
Proposals for Environment, Illness, Literature, Health/care Session are due by March 15, 2016. Email 300 word abstracts and one page CV to


International Conference on Narratives of Health and Illness
November 11-12, 2016
Tenerife, Spain
Abstracts due: May 31. Early-bird registration: August 31.

2016 a2ru National Conference: ArtsRx: Creative Venture, Wellbeing and the New Humanities
November 3-5, 2016
University of Colorado, Denver
Proposals are due by June 3, 2016

Society for Lit Sci and the Arts
November 3-6, 2016
Atlanta, GA
Papers/proposals due by May 15, 2016
Click HERE for 2016 SLSA travel awards and prizes

2016 Mayo Clinic Humanities in Medicine Symposium
Turning Point: The Pivotal Role of Humanities in Healthcare
November 4-5, 2016
Phoenix, AZ
Mayo Clinic
Abstract submissions must be emailed to by 11:59pm PDT on Friday, June 10, 2016.

ASBH 18th Annual Meeting
October 6-9, 2016
Washington, D.C.
Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill
Proposals are due by March 4, 2016

Northwest Narrative Medicine Conference
September 16-18, 2016
OHSU Collaborative Life Sciences Building

Narrative Practice Workshop in Boston
September 30-October 1, 2016
Early registration rate of $500 until July 15, 2016

Story, Health, and Healing: A Symposium on Narrative in Medicine
October 1, 2016
Benson University Center, Reynolda Campus
Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Register HERE

Summer Course “Medical Humanities - Italian Perspectives”
September 11-16, 2016
Fondazione Lanza, via Dante, 55 - Padova (Italy)
Applications due by July 20, 2016. Payment due by August 10, 2016

Sixth Annual Western Michigan University Medical Humanities Conference
September 15-16, 2016
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Proposals should be submitted electronically by June 1, 2016—in either .doc/.docx or .pdf format—to

Arts and Humanities for Improving Social Inclusion, Education and Health: Creative practice and mutuality
5th International Health Humanities Conference

September 15-17, 2016
University of Seville, Spain
Proposals are due by March 15, 2016

Disability, Arts and Health International Conference
September 1-2, 2016
Bergen, Norway
Please send an abstract (up to 250 words) by 30th June 2016, including a short biography (up to 50 words) to

American World War One Poetry: Beyond the Cult of the Soldier Poet
Presented by Dr. Karen English

The World War One Historical Association
Bay Area Chapter Meeting
Saturday, August 13, 2016 at 10:00AM
Room 255 Martin Luther King Library
San Jose State University

Refreshments will be provided. Your contribution is appreciated! Admission is free and there are many nearby restaurants and cafes for lunch after the meeting.  

2016 Penn State Medical Humanities Scholars Colloquium
August 28-September 3, 2016
Penn State College of Medicine
Applications due by June 1, 2016. Email documents to

Project Narrative Summer Institute: "Narrative Medicine across Genres and Media"
July 4 -15, 2016
The Ohio State University
Applications are due on March 25, 2016
Please email with any questions.

Body Talk: whose language?
July 6-8, 2016
The University of Greenwich
#AMH2016 #BodyTalk

7th International Comics & Medicine Conference: Stages & Pages
July 7-9, 2016
Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee, Scotland
Abstracts due by February 12. 300 word proposals should be submitted online to

CHCI Health Humanities Summer Institute 2016
June 26-27, 2016
King's College London, Strand Campus
Register HERE

4th International Medical Improv Train-the-Trainer Workshop
June 12-16, 2016
The Feinberg Medical School, Chicago, Illinois
Register HERE

Narrative Healthcare Atelier & Certificate Program
June 3-6, 2016
Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, ON
Click HERE for more information and to register

Emerging Diversities in Health Humanities Teaching
June 8-11, 2016
Hiram, Ohio

CHH Annual Lecture: Medical Humanities à la Française
King's College London, Strand Campus
May 31, 2016

A Palpable Thrill: An Introduction to Medical Humanities
May 6-7, 2016
McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Submissions are due on January 15, 2016
To submit a proposal (max. 250 words) or for questions and enquiries, please contact us at

Health Humanities Conference: “Arts and the Health Humanities: Intersections, Inquiry, Innovations”
April 7-9, 2016
Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio
For more information email:

Creating Space VI Symposium
Health Humanities: Social Accountability in action

April 15-16, 2016
Montreal, Canada
Proposals are due before midnight EDT, November 30, 2015. Please view the Author’s Directives, where you will find complete information about all acceptable submission formats.

Narrative Medicine Workshop: A Call to Ethics
April 15-17, 2016
Columbia University Medical Center


Medical Humanities Summer Course Italian Perspectives
September 6-11, 2015

Fondazione Lanza
via Dante, 55 - Padova (Italy)
Application Form until July 10, 2015 - Payment: until July 25, 2015

The Place of the Humanities in Medicine: An Evening with Dr. Eric Cassell
September 24, 2015
Powell Chapel Truett Seminary, Baylor University 

Fifth Annual Medical Humanities Conference
September 24-25, 2015
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Abstracts are due July 15, and acceptances will be issued by August 1

Comics and Medicine 6th International Conference:  SPACES OF CARE 
July 16 – 18, 2015 
Culver Arts Center 
University of California, Riverside 
300-word proposals should be submitted online by Friday, January 30, 2015 to:

International Congress: Illness Narratives in Practice 
June 26 – 27, 2015 
University of Freiburg
Department of Psychology
Rehabilitation Psychology and Psychotherapy 
Freiburg, Germany

Health Humanities: The Next Decade (Pedagogies, Practices, Politics)
April 30 – May 2, 2015
4th International Health Humanities Conference
Center for Bioethics and Humanities, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Denver, Colorado - USA

Creating Space V: New Directions and Critical Perspectives
Arts, Humanities and the Social Sciences in the Education of Health Professionals
April 24-25, 2015
Vancouver, BC
Proposals are due midnight PST, January 4, 2015

The Examined Life Conference
April 16 - 18, 2015
The Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
Submissions accepted until January 7, 2015

CFP: Medical Humanities: Health and Illness in Popular Culture
April 1-4 2015
PCA-ACA National Conference (Popular and American Culture Associations)
New Orleans, Louisiana


Art, Anatomy, and the Body: Vesalius 500
Saturday, October 18, 2014, 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Ave. at 103rd St., NY, NY 100

The Visual Image and the Future of the Medical Humanities
May 8 - 11, 2014 
Galveston, TX 

Creating Space IV Symposium Exploring Paradigms of Scholarship and Practice)
In conjunction with the Canadian Conference on Medical Education (CCME) and the Ottawa Conference
April 25 - 26, 2014 
Ottawa, Canada 


Fondazione Lanza, a Center of Advanced Studies in Ethics (Padua, Italy)
September 8- 13, 2013
Summer Course on Medical Humanities

The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Office of Continuing Education and the Permanente Journal, Kaiser Permanente presents:
The Fourteenth Annual Taos Writing & Wellness Retreat for Health Professionals At the historic Mabel Dodge Luhan House in Taos, New Mexico 
August 4-10, 2013

International Conference on Culture, Health & Wellbeing
June 24-26, 2013
Bristol, UK
(Abstract submission deadline December 21, 2012)

Creating Space III: Deepening the Discussion: Arts, Humanities and the Social Sciences in the Education of Health Professionals
April 19 - 20, 2013
Location: Québec City, QC, Canada (Deadline for submission of abstracts: December 15, 2012)

The Examined Life Conference: Writing, Humanities, and the Art of Medicine
April 11-13, 2013
The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Iowa City, IA