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.



​Graphic Medicine Workshop

Date: 22 October 2019
Time: 12 - 2 pm 
Venue: Yishun Community Hospital

More information: click here​

Register: Ong Min Li -
​​Narrative Voices in Cardiology Today

Date: 10 September 2019
Time: 1pm to 2.30pm
Venue: Heart Centre Level 7, (TR 7-1), SGH Academia
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Global Health Histories, Humanities, and the Profitabilities of Culturing Transparency and Empowerment

Date: 10 September 2019
Time: 4pm to 5.30pm
Venue: HSS Conference Room

Searching out Patient Voices in Contemporary Clinical Case Reports

Date: 9 September 2019
Time: 10.30am to 12pm
Venue: HSS Conference Room
Roundtable with Mark Harrison

Date: 6 August 2019
Time: 10.30am to 12pm
Venue: HSS Meeting Room 3

Neglected Crises, Forgotten Historie: Malaria in South and South-East Asia, 1900-present

Date: 5 August 2019
Time: 3 - 4.30 pm 
Venue: HSS Meeting Room 1 

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Medicine & Humanities: SingHealth Medical Humanities Colloquium
Date: Saturday, 13 April 2019
Time: 2 - 5 pm
Venue: Singapore General Hospital
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​​​2019 Past Events ​ ​
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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