More than a decade ago, Paul Crawford at the University of Nottingham coined the term ‘Health Humanities’ to refer to the exploration of patient and carer experiences and health practices and perspectives outside medical education and physician self development, at that time the core of the ‘Medical Humanities’. Nottingham remains a centre for Health Humanities research and activity – you can read about this here.

The ‘Early bird researcher’ team at Nottingham are organising this one-day conference. It aims to bring together postgraduates and early career researchers from a wide range of disciplines across the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Health Sciences to discuss and explore the multifaceted relationship between our health and environment. We are therefore particularly keen to receive papers which investigate or reveal how physical, mental, emotional, and social health is intrinsically entwined with our wider material, physical, social, cultural, natural and political environments.

Potential themes for papers might include, but are not limited to:
– The impact of Climate Change on people’s health
– Feminist movements and health
– Modernity and well-being
– Historical perspectives on health
– Representations of health in literature and media (written, visual, film etc.)
– Communicating health to the public
Papers: Proposals for papers of 15-20 minutes should include the presenter’s name(s), academic affiliation, email, the paper title, and an abstract of up to 300 words. This should be sent to the conference organisers via email to by Friday 13th December 2019.
Visit the University of Nottingham Early Bird Researcher Health Humanities Group blog at:
Posted by  Dr Claire Hooker
Sydney Health Ethics, University of Sydney
Image credit with thanks: Petar Milošević