Medical Humanities


Breaking new ground in Medical Humanities Research

Humanities at NTU to collaborate with international research partners

The Medical Humanities research cluster in the School of Humanities (SoH), Nanyang Technological University (NTU) recently announced several research collaborations with international partners and organizations. 

The Medical Humanities cluster is currently in the process of forming an international consortium with the Australian National University’s Institute for Communication in Healthcare and a group that is forming at Harvard University. The consortium will build a core of knowledge in the medical humanities sector, enable cutting edge research and application into the human aspects of healthcare and medicine, and translate interdisciplinary research into relationship-centered training and practice. 

By developing an international network, the Medical Humanities research cluster will help shape the future of the field, cultivating new forms of collaboration and generating innovative models for research, teaching and public engagement. 
Representatives from NTU and Australian National University. Picture taken during a visit to ANU in February 2018.​

From left to right: Prof May Lwin (Assoc Dean, NTU College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences), A/P Lee Sangjoon (NTU), Prof K.K. Luke (Chair of NTU School of Humanities), Professor Rae Frances (Dean of ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences), Prof Jacqueline Lo (Associate Dean, ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences), Ng Gim Thia (NTU), Asst/P Lim Ni Eng (NTU), Dr. Ler Lian Dee (National Healthcare Group, Singapore), Prof Imogen Mitchell (Dean of ANU Medical School), Prof Diana Slade (Director of ANU Institute of Communication in Healthcare)​

The Medical Humanities cluster has several projects in the pipeline, including a workshop programme titled “The Intersection of Religion, Medicine, and Technology in Medieval Chinese Alchemy” by Assistant Prof. Michael Stanley-Baker, which has received a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies. The workshop will take place in Hawaii next year. 

Prof. Stanley-Baker will be joining the University of Leizpig, Germany this year on a summer visiting appointment. He is also working with King’s College London on possible funding for a research project.

Closer to home, the School of Humanities will host Professor Sanjoy Bhattacharya, Professor in the History of Medicine from the University of York, as an Academic Guest. Prof. Bhattacharya also heads the WHO Collaborating Centre for Global Health Histories. On regular visits over three years, he will develop new research with SoH faculty as well as provide expertise to create closer links between the WHO Global Health Histories’ initiative and partner governments. 

“We are delighted to be able to host Professor Bhattacharya at the School of Humanities, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore,” said Prof. KK Luke, SoH Chair. “We welcome his unique perspectives and expertise in the field of global health histories as we build our interdisciplinary research agenda in this vibrant and burgeoning field.”

Future directions include involving the World Health Organization and Wellcome Trust, a biomedical research charity based in London in collaborative research on traditional medicine, primary healthcare, and disease.


Medical Humanities is one of the five interdisciplinary research clusters in SoH, focusing on the literary, linguistic, social, cultural, historical, and philosophical dimensions of health and sickness. The other clusters at SOH are Green Humanities, Interlingual and Intercultural Studies, Southeast Asian Studies and Gender Studies.​