3rd Annual Jacalyn Duffin Health and Humanities Conference

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Registration for the 3rd annual Jacalyn Duffin Health and Humanities Conference is now open!

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The Jacalyn Duffin Health and Humanities Conference aims to create a space where learners and educators of all disciplines can discuss the intersections of health, medicine, and the arts and humanities.

This year’s conference theme is “Sensations and The Sensational.” Health, disease, wellness, and illness are often accompanied by physiological and psychological sensations that serve as clues to our physical and mental status. What one person perceives as a mild sensation, another may perceive as a life-altering experience – something sensational.

Join us on January 23, 2021 as we explore how our perceptions of our bodies’ sensations are created and shaped by the world around us, influencing our interactions with others and the environment.

The featured keynote speaker is Dr. Chase Everett McMurren, a queer, Indigenous, harp-playing home-visiting physician. The keynote will be followed by three concurrently-run workshops. Attendees can indicate their preference of workshop below. Finally, the event closing will include a pre-recorded performance and live Q&A with Erin Ball, who identifies as a Mad and Disabled circus artist.

Please note that we have also extended our Call for Submissions to December 31, 2020. The submission form can be found here:


Workshop 1: Visual Arts

Join facilitator and Art Therapist Harper Johnson, BA, B.Ed, MFA, DTATI, and Assistant Maddi Andrews, MA Candidate, for a special conference Art Hive event. Here, we invite you to explore emotions and related sensations through the artistic process, experimentation and play. This hands on program begins with a short presentation by Maddi Andrews, who will share the philosophy, goals, and successes of Art Hive @ Agnes. A free and accessible program which has brought in more than 1000 attendees both online and in person, Art Hive @ Agnes addresses themes of empowerment, wellness, and self-care, while fostering a safe space and a sense of community.

Workshop 2: Writing and Literary Arts [FULL]

In 1985, a groundbreaking article called "I Can't Hear You While I'm Listening," by internist Dr Richard J. Baron, appeared in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The title referred to the doctor's quieting of his patient during auscultation. In this workshop, we ask: what does it mean to listen to patients? On what levels, and with what ends in mind, might health care providers hear what is being conveyed to them? Please join Sadiqa de Meijer as we use literary, experiential, and written reflection to explore these questions for ourselves.

Workshop 3: Dance/Movement

Dance for Health (DfH) is Cambridge University Hospitals’ (CUH) flagship arts programme. Now an international leader in the field of participatory dance within hospital settings, DfH was piloted in 2013 with the initial aim to improve the hospital experience for older patients. In the past 3 years alone, DfH has had more than 3000 participant visits, and currently takes place weekly for inpatients on a number of different adult wards including stroke rehabilitation, neuro-trauma, diabetes & endocrinology, and the department for medicine of the elderly.

This workshop is an invitation for you to experience DfH from a patient’s perspective. By guiding you through a practical DfH session, Filipa Pereira-Stubbs – DFH’s lead practitioner and co-founder – will introduce the practices and principles that sit at the heart of the programme, followed by valuable time for us to reflect and discuss.

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If interested, please register by January 20, 2021.

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