Black Health and the Humanities Network
The Black Health and the Humanities Network is now hosted by the Institute for Medical Humanities at Durham University.
The Wellcome Trust-funded network is a community of scholars from a range of disciplinary and institutional backgrounds, whose research is broadly situated in the field of Black health. The network was born of a critical call to address issues related to racism in healthcare, particularly in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter movement which surfaced the urgency of attending to the disproportionate impact of healthcare crises and asymmetrical affordances of care in marginalised communities.
Originally led by Principal Investigator, Dr Josie Gill, and Research Associate, Dr Amber Lascelles, based at the University of Bristol’s Centre for Black Humanities, the network will now be led by Dr Arya Thampuran, Assistant Professor at the Institute for Medical Humanities, Durham and Co-PI, Dr Shelda-Jane Smith, Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Liverpool.
From October 2020-September 2022, the network ran a training programme for its members. The programme offered a series of virtual workshops led by artists and activists, deploying formats as diverse as creative writing exercises to archival work to critically interrogate how institutional and creative practices mediate ecologies of healthcare in Britain. At its core, the network created a supportive space for expressing and addressing critical issues that confront researchers in the medical humanities, and communities – from mental and sexual health, to the climate crisis and environmental racism. What emerged was vital connections that exceeded academic collaborations, during what was often an isolating experience of researching and living through the pandemic.
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