The University of Derby will host the Health Humanities & Arts in Health International Symposium on 27 and 28 November 2017. Abstracts are currently sought for 15 minute papers, practical workshops, flash sessions and other presentation styles. The deadline for abstract submissions is 25 September. 

This symposium aims to bring arts and health together with health humanities for a fruitful exchange and opportunities to enrich practice.

Health Humanities links health and social care disciplines with the arts and humanities. It aims to encourage innovation and novel cross-disciplinary explorations of how the arts and humanities can inform and transform healthcare, health and wellbeing.

The symposium will present and explore the latest research and provide an opportunity to share evidence-based practice. There will also be a series of workshops, debates and networking opportunities.

Activities will include:

  • Round Table Debates
  • Collaboration and Networking Opportunities
  • Practical Workshops
  • Academic Research Papers and Presentations
  • Flash Sessions (short presentations/provocations)

Keynote speakers will include:

  • Professor Stephen Clift, Director Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health at Christ Church Canterbury
  • Professor Paul Crawford, Founder of the International Health Humanities Network and Co-Director of Health Humanities at University of Nottingham
  • Professor Susan Hogan, author/editor of several books on the arts in health which are used in the training of arts and health professionals globally
  • Professor Aaron Willamon, Director of the Centre for Performance Science at Royal College of Music

There will also be a series of sessions run by OPUS Music CIC (OPUS), a leading provider of Music in Healthcare practice and training, with weekly practice currently taking place at the bedside on children’s and older people’s wards and specialist care units in hospitals across the East Midlands.


Abstracts are sought for the following:

  • 15 minute papers – 15 minute presentation and 5 minutes for questions. This can be an individual or team presentation.
  • Flash Sessions – these are 5-7 minute short discussion pieces/provocations
  • Practical Workshops – this is an opportunity to share some art making or show what you do
  • Other – please submit another format if you wish, suggested formats are welcome 

Abstracts must be submitted by 12pm, 25 September 2017.

For details on the symposium and how to submit abstracts see


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