Humanities Institute

Health & Humanities Research Seminar with Dr. Courtney Donovan

Mon, December 3, 2018 | University of Texas Club, 2108 Robert Dedman Drive, Austin, TX 78712

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Dr. Courtney Donovan
Dr. Courtney Donovan

This fall the Humanities Institute is hosting a series of monthly Health & Humanities Research Seminars in partnership with Dell Medical School. A follow-up to May's Pop-Up Institute, the seminars are intended to engage scholars and practitioners across the health and humanities disciplines in research-oriented dialogue. 

The December seminar will take place on December 3 and will feature a presentation from Dr. Courtney Donovan, Associate Professor in the Department of Geography & Environment at San Francisco State University. Dr. Donovan's presentation is entitled "Digital Health, Health Humanities, and Barriers to Care: Integrating Arts, Humanities, and Technology to Understand Health Disparities." 

Courtney Donovan is an Associate Professor of Geography at San Francisco State University. Her research sits at the intersection of health geography, health humanities, and the social determinants of health. She explores the ways in which the arts and the humanities convey diverse geographic aspects of health and health care, including embodiment, place, and space. Most recently, she co-authored an article in the latest edition of the GeoHumanities entitled "Geographies of Medical and Health Humanities: A Cross-Disciplinary Conversation" She is also the co-editor of Writing Intimacy into Feminist Geographies and has more recently written on the social justice applications of graphic narratives of trauma and on the ways in which a geographic perspective contributes to engaged medical-health humanities scholarship and practice. Dr. Donovan is also engaged in the digital health community in the Bay Area and currently focusing on ways to integrate health humanities with digital health applications. She was recently selected to participate in a digital health pre-accelerator (Project Zygote) and received a Truth fellowship with the Yerba Buena Center of the Arts, to further work on a multimedia web platform, StoryBridge. StoryBridge, emphasizes creative submissions by patients, health professionals, and community members to explore and address health disparities in the Bay Area. Dr. Donovan is collaborating with diverse stakeholders in the Bay Area to establish skills-based arts workshops to produce health narratives that may be submitted to StoryBridge or be featured in exhibits.

Seats for the December 3 seminar are limited and available by advance reservation. Reservations can be made HERE, or you can contact Dr. Phillip Barrish for more information.

Sponsored by: The digital humanities project, “Communities of Care,” funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Sterling Clark Holloway Centennial Lectureship.

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