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

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

Welcome to MHHA
This is the first newsletter of the Medical & Health Humanities Africa network. We hope that the network will be 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 has begun 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.

Swallowing the World:
A Multidisciplinary Curatorial Project on Tuberculosis in South Africa
The Social Markers of TB Project under the direction of Dr. Helen Macdonald, the University of Cape Town Anthropology Section, and the Wellcome Trust International Engagement Awards are proud to present an open call for project proposals for Swallowing the World: A Multidisciplinary Curatorial Project on Tuberculosis in South Africa.
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Interview with music therapist Andeline dos Santos
'...this pull between what do we share, and what is our scope of practice that we build our little fence around [...] we definitely have lots in common with other people under this umbrella; and we each bring different perspectives ...'
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Workshop reflections by Megan Wainwright and Thomas Cousins
In May 2016, the Brocher Foundation supported a workshop on 'The Humanization of Health Sciences through Innovation in Health Professions Education' in Hermance, Switzerland. In preparation, the organizers held a pre-Brocher workshop at Stellenbosch University’s Tygerberg Campus on March 16. Here, Megan Wainwright and Thomas Cousins share their reflections on the debates and themes that emerged over the course of the day.
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Events and conferences
International Health Humanities Network, University of Seville
15-17 September 2016, University of Seville, Spain
The 5th International Health Humanities Conference, on theme of ‘art and humanities for social inclusion, education and health: creative practice and mutuality'.

Culture, Health & Wellbeing International conference
19-21 June 2017, Bristol, UK
Abstracts now being accepted for the second of these international gatherings: for presentations, workshops, performances and films. The organisers particularly encourage those who have never submitted a paper before and will provide guidance.

New courses / education
'Medicine and the Arts' MOOC - University of Cape Town: Exploring the field of medical humanities with a free online course.

'History of Sex' - University of the Witwatersrand: A multidisciplinary fourth-year course offered across both faculties.

Please send us details of any courses you would like us to know about.
Recent research and publications
The Recovery of Beauty: Arts, Culture, Medicine
C. Saunders, J. Macnaughton, & D. Fuller (Eds.)
An interdisciplinary collection of essays exploring the complex and conflicted topic of beauty in cultural, arts and medicine, looking back through the long cultural history of beauty, and asking whether it is possible to 'recover beauty'.
Call for content
We need your input to make the network viable. Please send details of any events, conferences or publications you feel would be interesting to the network for our website and for the next newsletter, to

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