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.




Film Screening: ​Blind Massage

23 January, 6pm

HSS Seminar Room 9

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​Clinical Tales: Stories touch, as well as teach.

Come 20 February 2020, the Office of Medical Humanities launches Clinical Tales, a lunchtime storytelling series by master clinicians on lessons their patients taught them.

The inaugural session features Professor Tan Ser Kiat, Emeritus Consultant of Department of Orthopaedic Surgery,
and Professor Ng Han Seong, Emeritus Consultant of Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

Register: Click here​

​Film Screening: I Hugged the Berlin Patient

21 February, 6pm

HSS Conference Room

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As Old as Your Glands: Hormones, Ageing and Bodily Control in the Early Twentieth Century

4 March, 3-4.30pm

HSS Meeting Room 1

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​Autism: A Medical Humanities Workshop

18 March, 1-2pm (refreshments provided)

HSS Meeting Room 3

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​​Film Screening: Love for Life

27 March, 5.30pm

LKC-CSB HQ ​Seminar Room

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​​​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