Humanities Institute

Outcomes of the 2018 Health & Humanities Pop Up Institute

Fostering Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Innovation


Jonathan Metzl at the PUI Symposium 

The Health and Humanities Pop-Up Institute convened scholars affiliated with nine University of Texas at Austin schools and colleges as well as community health practitioners over the course of May 2018. The purpose of the Pop-Up Institute (PUI) was to conduct an interdisciplinary exploration of humanistic approaches to medicine and health, conceived broadly. These seminars were organized around three major fields of inquiry, including Narrative Medicine/Narratives of Medicine, Humanistic Approaches to Health Equity and Justice, and Community Practice.

The PUI hosted four public lectures from leading scholars in medicine, psychology, and sociology  to consider these subjects, as well as a culminating Symposium that brought scholars and community members together to consider health, community engagement, and other approaches to health and humanities research.

Throughout the PUI, participants worked in four working groups themed around questions of Interdisciplinary Research, Teaching and Curricular Innovations, Clinical Practice, and Community Engagement and Impact to explore the potential benefits of further collaboration between schools and colleges. Research was presented at May’s Symposium, and participants have been actively involved in continuing the mission of the PUI through initiatives such as the Faculty Research Seminar and other projects.

Read Reports on the PUI:

PUI Summary & Overview

Health & Humanities Pop-Up Institute Hosts Lecturers Across Disciplines

PUI Participants Discuss the Healing “Superpower” of Music & Art

PUI Symposium Discusses Humanistic Approaches to Health Equity & Justice