Mobilizing Selves, Transforming Structures

March 16, 2023 (All day) to March 19, 2023 (All day)

2023 Health Humanities Consortium Conference

Increased recognition of structural problems—including systemic racism, the inadequate public health response to the pandemic, threats to abortion and trans rights, food insecurity, and the housing crisis— has amplified calls for collective action and structural change. These local, national, and global structural concerns often collide with the traditionally individualistic focus of healthcare and the lived experiences of health.

How do individuals act, change, think, and feel in ways influenced by social structures, and how are structures in turn shaped by individual and collective action? This question has important and broad implications for the health humanities, spanning discussions of the often tense relationships between individuals and structures that influence health, illness, disability, and wellbeing. The role that institutions and structures play in health, illness, and disability are represented across stories, the arts, and empirical data. This conference will explore the vast and intimate interconnections between selves and structures through diverse health humanities perspectives.

Conference website

Co-hosted by the Department of Bioethics, School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University and the Program in Medical Humanities, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine

Location and Address

Online & in-person at the Health Education Campus, Cleveland, OH.