The Centre for Health, Humanities and Science launch event took place on 08/10/17 in Cotham House, Bristol.
The Centre’s long-term aim is for the University of Bristol to be recognised as a leader in interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research in humanities, medicine, health and science. Our vision is to stand out as a centre of excellence of research, but research with impact.
The event was split into two parts in order to best showcase the diverse research interests across the faculty. During the afternoon session Faculty of Arts members, including PGRs, gave short presentations on papers or projects they were currently working on. Following the academic presentations, the evening session provided an opportunity to try out a range of initiatives at the intersection of humanities and health; we were joined by Jules Olsen and Graham Coatman who ran a course on Singing for Lung Health at Southmead Hospital, Emma Lazenby presented and discussed a short animation produced by FORMED FILMS, and attendees were welcome to create their own artwork from a variety of media provided.
Those who presented papers during the afternoon session were also invited to contribute to our ‘visual gallery’ space in the evening. We displayed a copy of each speaker’s abstract along with three or four items that had inspired or provoked their research. These items included, but were not limited to, books, photographs, paintings and poetry. We also had a digital display of the artwork created by the intercalated medical humanities students from the ‘Out of Our Heads’ project, which focuses on engaging personally with medical themes through creative work.