April 23, 2021
10:45 AM - 5:00 PM
The first Health Humanities Symposium at the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art explores the relationship between health, healing, and crisis.
As we’ve seen throughout this past year, health is a contested personal, cultural, political, and social state, where questions of health and healing intersect with issues of race, gender, class, citizenship, art, education, and more. In this symposium, we cultivate a dialogue across disciplinary and methodological boundaries with those invested in grappling with the role of humanistic work in both crises and futures of recovery, renewal, and restoration.
FREE, open to all. Please register in advance using the webinar links for each session below.
Friday, April 23, 2021
10:45 am–11:30 am • Register for Zoom link
11:30 am–12:30 pm • Register for Zoom link
Seeking belonging, community, and connection in a lonely world
This panel reflects the disparate ways that loneliness, isolation, and separation from others pervades social life, and how we can work to trouble and re-make this sense of loneliness across time, place, and community.
1–2 pm • Register for Zoom link
Tracing intimate moments of grief, pain, and loss
In a moment of immense collective grieving, these panelists make known the intricacies and intimacies of experiencing grief and pain through the loss of a child, the erasure of chronic female pain, and living in a world of lapsed care.
2:30–3:30 pm • Register for Zoom link
Global perspectives: healing in an interconnected world
This panel addresses how the health humanities contextualizes and politicizes healing practices across space and time. Perspectives include spiritual practices in Haitian Vodou, the medicalized torture of Algerian rebels during the independence movement against France, and contemporary novels about the civil wars in Sri Lanka and Sierra Leone and their concomitant traumatic afflictions.
Body Mapping Workshop • Register for Zoom link
This workshop is centered on the arts-and therapeutic-based method of Body Mapping to explore questions of how people and communities heal and can heal in times of crisis. Body Mapping visually explores participants’ personal experiences and narratives and has emerged as a research method for critical reflexivity, participatory engagement, and community-building.