Humanities Futures Capstone Conference, Sept. 14-16, 2017


The Franklin Humanities Institute and the FHI Health Humanities Lab

are pleased to announce the Humanities Futures Capstone Conference



September 14 to September 16, 2017

Duke University, Durham, North Carolina


The conference is a culminating event of the 2014-2017 Mellon-sponsored Humanities Futures initiative at the Franklin Humanities Institute. Humanities Futures explores future strategies and directions of humanities, arts, and interpretive social science departments following more than two decades of interdisciplinary change and expansion. How have the humanities rearticulated their core disciplinary paradigms by engaging with new fields of exchange such as genetics, the environment, law, neuroscience, and digital media? This capstone conference focuses on the interdisciplinary interface between the humanities, social justice, and health, whether in the health sciences, clinical environments, or the lived experience of states of health. How are the humanities transforming health, and how is health transforming the humanities–and what do these mutual influences suggest concerning the health of the humanities? Co-sponsored by the FHI Health Humanities Lab.


Through Keynotes, Performances, Panels, and Interactive Workshops, we invite participants to engage with four central areas of concern:

– arts, humanities, and healing: narrative medicine, graphic medicine, medical/health memoirs, and other practices bridging humanities, arts, and health; health humanities and the de-centering of the clinic in relation to individuals and communities; therapeutic models of humanities pedagogy and research

– access and voice: the politics of expertise in medicine and in humanities; non-western, non-biomedical genealogies and practices of health; social inequities and health disparities; patient-powered research and advocacy; medicine / health and race, gender, and sexuality

– health and its environments: environmental justice; food systems; pollution and toxicity; dis/ability and the built environment; the internalization of the environment through physiological processes such as breathing

– unsettling/resettling the human: embodied migrations; health humanities as dissensus; cultivation/tolerance of discomfort; phenomenology of health and illness; genetics and the post-human; neurodiversity

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