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Health Humanities in Application

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  • Addresses key pedagogical considerations in health humanities course creation
  • Presents a global perspective on the ways the health humanities is used in service of better health outcomes
  • Exhibits the breadth of applied contexts and applications of the humanities and arts in health sciences

Part of the book series: Sustainable Development Goals Series (SDGS)

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This book focuses on health humanities in application. The field reflects many intellectual interests and practical applications, serving researchers, educators, students, health care practitioners, and community members wherever health and wellness and the humanities intersect. How we implement health humanities forms the core approach, and perspectives are global, including North America, Africa, Europe, and India. Emphasizing key developments in health humanities, the book’s chapters examine applications, including reproductive health policy and arts‑based research methods, black feminist approaches to health humanities pedagogy, artistic expressions of lived experience of the coronavirus, narratives of repair and re‑articulation and creativity, cultural competency in physician‑patient communication through dance, embodied dance practice as knowing and healing, interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity, eye tracking, ableism and disability, rethinking expertise in disability justice, disability and the Global South, coronavirus and Indian politics, visual storytelling in graphic medicine, and medical progress and racism in graphic fiction.

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Table of contents (14 chapters)


“In this ambitious collection, a diverse range of inclusive and international authors and practitioners offer a visionary approach to existing and emerging Health Humanities applications, making compelling case as to how the arts and humanities knowledge and practices can inform and transform healthcare, health and well-being. Through an intersection of interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary lenses, this book traverses the organic nature of the Health Humanities as an evolving intellectual pursuit with ever-expanding practical applications. The collection’s scholarly contributions are further strengthened through innovative research paths that range from pedagogical applications of the health humanities to the creative process, to disability and ableism, social media and health, and graphic medicine. Despite the eclectic range of disparate approaches, the essays are inextricably bound by the social, cultural, and historical complexity of health as it affects individuals and societies.” (Nat Hardy, Ph.D., M.F.A, F.R.S.A. Division Head, Humanities and Liberal Arts Florida National University)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of English, Campion College, University of Regina, Regina, Canada

    Christian Riegel

  • Department of Psychology, Campion College, University of Regina, Regina, Canada

    Katherine M. Robinson

About the editors

Christian Riegel is Professor of Health Humanities and English at Campion College at the University of Regina. They are a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts (FRSA) in the United Kingdom. Among their books are Writing Grief: Margaret Laurence and the Work of Mourning, Response to Death: The Literary Work of Mourning, and Twenty‑First Century Canadian Writers. They are coordinator of the certificate program in health and medical humanities at the University of Regina.

Katherine M. Robinson is Professor of Psychology at Campion College at the University of Regina and graduate chair of the experimental and applied psychology program, University of Regina. They are a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts (FRSA) in the United Kingdom. They specialize in mathematical cognition, the psychology of evil, and eye tracker computer game design for data collection. They recently published Mathematical Learning and Cognition in Early Childhood Education: Integrating Interdisciplinary Research into Practice.

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