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University of Groningen launches Centre for Health and Humanities

24 January 2019

On January 31st the University of Groningen launches a new centre of expertise: The Groningen Centre for Health and Humanities (GCH2). The Centre is embedded in the Faculty of Arts and affiliated to the Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health.

The research of GCH2 tackles pressing health issues from the perspective of the humanities and joins together researchers working on topics related to medical history, the arts and literature, architecture, linguistics and international relations. Humanities approaches have already begun to enhance the curricula of medical schools in the Netherlands. GCH2 is the first research centre on health and the humanities established in a humanities faculty.

Jane Macnaughton, professor of medical humanities at Durham University will deliver an opening lecture on ‘ Symptom and sensation in breathlessness: medical humanities meets clinical neuroscience’. Macnaughton argues that medical humanities is taking a radical new turn. Not content to be the ‘handmaiden’ of clinical practice, she guides several research projects that are getting engaged in some of the most difficult questions in clinical practice. Based on this approach Macnaughton gives an excitingly new analysis of a discrepancy between objective and experienced health. In addition to the opening lecture, the Groningen Exploration Choir, directed by Chris Tonelli, will enrich the launch with a creative performance.

Dr. Rina Knoeff
Dr. Rina Knoeff

Dr. Rina Knoeff, director of the centre: “The humanities have the potential to offer a hugely important contribution to societal health issues. It is about time we started conveying that message.”

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When: 31 January, 15:00-17:00
Where: Café de Sleutel

  • Welcome: Rina Knoeff
  • Opening Lecture Jane MacNaughton
  • Performance Groningen Exploration Choir
  • Drinks

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