Duke University Franklin Humanities Institute: Health Humanities & Social Justice Conference

Breath > Body > Voice


  1. The conference, held September 14-16, 2017 was 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. For full schedule and information, see the conference website.
  2. We began with a keynote from poet-farmer Nikky Finney with dialogue hosted by Alexis Pauline Gumbs.
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Last night at Hayti with Nikky Finney was truly poetry felt in our bodies. There was a certain healing in that sacred space that helped nurture community. So grateful. Now, it's off to a FULL DAY of discourse with health & healing, the arts & the humanities, research & medicine, and so much more-- all on Duke's West Campus! #breathbodyvoice
    #Repost @fhi_duke (@get_repost) ・・・ Last night at Hayti with Nikky Finney was truly poetry felt in our bodies. There was a certain healing in that sacred space that helped nurture community. So grateful. Now, it's off to a FULL DAY of discourse with health & healing, the arts & the humanities, research & medicine, and so much more-- all on Duke's West Campus! #breathbodyvoice

  4. Our first panel of our full Friday schedule, "Who Breathes Easily and Why? Phenomenological and Social Determinants of Respiratory Health," included Ian Whitmarsh, Havi Carel, and Lundy Braun,
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