Medical Humanities


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We are a vibrant interdisciplinary research cluster that focuses on the literary, linguistic, social, cultural, historical, and philosophical dimensions of health and sickness. We promote the contributions of the humanities to healthcare, medical practice, and the wider community and foster international collaboration among medical humanities scholars to address healthcare issues of urgent concern in South East Asia and beyond. We seek to expand our network across a wide range of disciplines and welcome applications for PhD research on topics related to health, culture, and society.

For details of our current research projects, please click HERE.



​M-Boldened: Menopsuase Conversations We All Need To Have

Friday, 29 January 2021
7:00pm - 8:30pm
​Autism Roundtable - Nothing Without Us About Us: Meaningful Participation of Autistic People in Autism Research and Advocacy

Friday, 22 January 2021
3:00pm - 4:30pm
​​​Virulent Zones: Animal Disease and Global Health at China's Pandemic Epicenter, from Flu to Covid-19

Wednesday, 11 November 2020
6.30pm - 8.00pm

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​Roads Less Travelled Conversation Series: Humanities in Healthcare

Tuesday, 20 October 2020
7.30pm - 8.30pm

Open to SoH Graduating Students and Alumni only.

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​​Contextualizing the debate about critical care triage in a pandemic

Friday, 28 August 2020
7pm - 8.30pm

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​Contagion: COVID-19, the Outbreak Narrative, and Why We Need to Change the Story

Monday, 14 September 2020
7pm - 8.30pm

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​From Sick Man of Asia to Sick Uncle Sam

Monday, 26 October 2020
8pm - 9.30pm

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​Living with Plague in Late Medieval Cities: Cleanliness and Quarantine​

Monday, 2 November 2020
6.30pm - 8pm

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Virtual International Symposium on Dignified and Compassionate End of Life Care 


29 June to 3 July 2020

This 5-day Virtual Symposium will bring together internationally renowned scholars and clinicians in the fields of Thanatology, Palliative, and Bereavement Care to share their expertise and experience in rendering holistic, dignified, and compassionate care to better support patients and families facing death, dying, and bereavem​ent.

Organized by: Action Research for Community Health, School of Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University.

Hosted by: The Palliative Care Centre for Excellence in Research and Education Singapore.

Support by: Ministry of Education (MOE) Singapore - Academic Research Fund (AcRF) Tier 2 Grant 

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​​Film Screening: Love for Life

27 March, 5.30pm

​LKC-CSB HQ ​Seminar Room

​​​2020 Past Events ​ ​
Practicing Socialist Medicine in Algeria: An Early History of China’s Global Health Initiatives
​Autism: A Medical Humanities Workshop As Old as Your Glands: Hormones, Ageing and Bodily Control in the Early Twentieth Century
​Film Screening: I Hugged the Berlin Patient
Clinical Tales: Stories touch, as well as teach.
​​Film Screening: ​Blind Massage

​​​2019 Past Events ​ ​
Graphic Medicine Workshop
Jointly organised by School of Humanities and Khoo Teck Puat Hospital​
Narrative Voices in Cardiology Today​ Global Health Histories, Humanities, and the Profitabilities of Culturing Transparency and Empowerment
Searching out Patient Voices in Contemporary Clinical Case Reports Roundtable with Mark Harrison Neglected Crises, Forgotten Historie: Malaria in South and South-East Asia, 1900-present
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Medicine & Humanities: SingHealth Medical Humanities Colloquium Death in the Digital Age: A Fulbright - National Geographic Digital Storytelling Project
By Katie Thornton
​​Developing Empathy – Do doctors need to be writers and painters too?
By Singapore Hospice Council

International Symposium on Communication in Health Care 2019
Jointly organised by School of Humanities and Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine​ 


​​2018 ​​​​Events
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Sparks! Art Wellness Exhibition​ by Michael Tan Researching Language and Cultural Diversity in Healthcare Communication Education and Practice by Robyn Woodward-Kron​
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Modern Motherhood: Mothers and Doctors over the last 150 years by Rima Apple Fantastic Microbes and Where to Find Them: When and How Scientists Borrow fro​m Literature by Neeraja Sankaran End-of-life Experiences of ​Time and the Imperative Conversation
by Michelle Chiang​​

The Aesthetics of Pain: ​Semiotics and Affective Comprehension in Music, Literature, and Sensate Experience
By Ronald​ Schleifer​
​Emotions in Medical History: How and Why They Matter
By Angelika Messner
Graphic Medicine Workshops
By Graham Matthews​​
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Medicine and Society: Public Health and Visions of Modern China
By Liping Bu​
What The Doctor Said
By Giskin Day
Medicine in the Southern Margins of the Qing Empire: Sources, Actors, Knowledge
By Florence Bretelle-Establet
Medicines Across Eurasia
By Michael Stanley-Baker