Newsletter for Medical & Health Humanities Africa, October 2016
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MHHA Newsletter October 2016

A quarterly newsletter from the Medical & Health Humanities Africa network.

Welcome to MHHA
This is the second newsletter of the Medical & Health Humanities Africa network. We are building a network as a place for information, support, research and contacts for people interested in the meeting point of medicine, health, the humanities and the arts, across Africa.

Please pass this newsletter onto your contacts and encourage them to sign up to the mailing list or follow us on wordpress here.

This is a network in its infancy; the information in this newsletter and on our site is not comprehensive, and we welcome any feedback and comments that might help us build something of use to you and your colleagues. Each quarter we will feature projects in the medical humanities, as well as upcoming events and relevant publications.
About the network
This network began as a partnership between the universities of the Witwatersrand, Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Pretoria and the Western Cape; but it is an open network and intended to be a resource for pracitioners, academics and anyone else interested in work that brings health and the humanities together. A small steering group helps to manage this newsletter and website. To find out how to become more involved, please contact us.
Features & News

NEW Health Professions Education Special Interest Group (HPE-SIG) of MHHA
A group of early-career researchers has founded a special interest group of the MHHA for all those interested in the integration of social science and humanities into health professions education. Read more

Trashocracy: what rubbish reveals about our nation, by Rebecca Hodes
In May 2016, Durban beaches were closed when medical waste washed up across kilometres of shoreline. When medical matter ends up in the wrong places – when waste is displaced – we panic. Or do we? Rebecca Hodes has been collecting rubbish in South African neighbourhoods for the last three years, as part of the Mzansti Wakho research study about health among adolescents. Here, she questions what rubbish may reveal about sanitation and social justice in South Africa. Read more

Invitation to SASH Research Day 2016 at UCT
On the 17th of October, the 2016 cohort of Fellows of the South African Social Science and HIV Programme will present their work and spaces are available to attend…Read more

MOOCs as global classrooms: an article by Susan Levine in The Conversation

Massively Open Online Courses are bringing the world into Africa’s classrooms says Associate Professor Susan Levine in a recent article published in The Conversation. Read more

Time-Travelling Through an Epidemic: HIV, History and the Here and Now – a podcast by Carla Tsampiras
Senior Lecturer in UCT’s Primary Health Care Directorate, Carla Tsampiras, addresses Time-Travelling Through an Epidemic: HIV, History and the Here and Now in the first lecture of the Medical Humanities series, presented by the School of African and Gender Studies, Anthropology and Linguistics, and the Institute for Creative Arts (formerly GIPCA). Read more

“The Humanization of Health Sciences” workshop report published on Somatosphere
Thomas Cousins and Michelle Pentecost have published a second report on the Brocher Foundation workshop “The Humanization of Health Sciences through Innovation in Health Professions Education” held in Hermance, Switzerland May 18-20, 2016. Read more

Considering AIDS and emotion podcast: Matt Cook & Phumzile Nywangi at the University of Cape Town
A podcast from the first Medical and Health Humanities Seminar in the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, hosted by the Primary Health Care Directorate & SASH. Read more

Above: Matt Cook & Phumzile Nywangi
Call for content
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