11th International Health Humanities Conference - History and Human Care

Date and time
Thursday, 21 September 2023 -
Saturday, 23 September 2023

Enterprise Centre
Bridge Street

Event overview

Since 2012, the International Health Humanities Conference has explored multiple themes related to Health Humanities and how the arts and humanities can be applied to enhance human health and wellbeing.  To date, the International Health Humanities Network at the heart of the conference organisation has generated an exciting interdisciplinary dialogue globally across diverse communities of arts and humanities academics and practitioners, clinicians, informal carers, service users and the self-caring public.

At this conference, we would especially like to explore the interface between history (in its broadest sense including heritage) and human care (professional, non-professional and self-administered); achieving health and wellbeing through history-driven social connectedness. In addition, we welcome papers relevant to the field of health humanities in general.

The case for the impact of history/historical perspectives/heritage in health, psychological well-being and enhancing social inclusion of people is growing worldwide. We are aware that there are numerous and varied initiatives—often outside academia—in hospitals, social and community centres, mental health centres, schools, heritage sites, museums etc., valued and appreciated by users and professionals. We would like to invite everyone to share their experiences and report on impact assessments of these practices.

Derby, a small city situated in the heart of the East Midlands, UK is an ideal location for this year’s theme. It is surrounded by outstanding countryside including some of the most beautiful heritage sites within the UK, such as Calke Abbey, Chatsworth House, Hardwick Hall, Kedleston Hall and Bolsover Castle. Furthermore, Derby was the birthplace of the industrial revolution, hosting the world’s first factory, The Silk Mill, within the Derwent Valley Mills which now enjoys World Heritage status. It also was the summer home of the great nursing and public health pioneer Florence Nightingale.

We will be delighted to welcome you here, to get to know you, your work, and your vision for a better caring future.

Abstract Submission

Use the guidance below to help create a successful abstract submission. Then simply complete our form when you're ready to apply. 

The first language of the conference will be English. Posters must also be written in English.

Each participant may submit up to three proposals, however, their name cannot appear in more than five. The presentation may only be carried out by participants enrolled in the conference.

In addition to our headline focus on history and health, we will be happy to receive abstract submissions for a general panel on other topic areas in the field of health humanities, from creative practices through to heritage projects to support wellbeing.

Certificates of attendance can only be issued for proposals delivered during the conference, in the allotted time and date.


The format will involve fifteen-minute oral presentations gathered in panels of four or five participants plus 30 minutes for discussion.


In order to submit proposals for a symposium it is required that the coordinator presents a general abstract with a list of the participants and individual abstracts of each of the presentations. The format should include proposals for four presentations, including that of the coordinator, which are closely related, either thematically or in their goals.

Creative workshops

These are practical demonstrations of techniques, interventions or procedures used in creative work relating to history with various vulnerable populations in order to promote health and social inclusion. The practical component will be a priority in these workshops, with the likely participation of all or part of the attendants. However, some theoretical aspects may be included. Creative workshops panels shall consist of two fifty-minute proposals plus 20 minutes for discussion. The promoters of the workshop should bring any materials needed to conduct their workshop.


  • The maximum size of the posters will be 120 cm. (Vertical) x 90 cm (horizontal)
  • It is recommended that poster creators use as much graphic information as possible

The organisation will provide the necessary elements for holding posters. Given the nature of the conference those experiences and practical intervention works that are of interest will be presented in poster format. In this case, the poster should have at least the following structure: - Title of the experience / intervention - Objectives - Description of experience / creative process-Results / Conclusions - Bibliography.

Abstracts for all types of participation should be no more than 250 words in length. Their structure can be flexible, depending on the nature of the content. However, the following three-part structure is recommended: 1) Introduction / objectives / frame, 2) methodology / procedure / 3) results / conclusions / discussion. Abstracts should be submitted online via the abstract submission portal.

The deadline for submitting proposals is 15 April 2023 at 12.00 GMT. Contributions will only be accepted via the submission portal found below.

Participants should be officially registered in the congress by 30 June 2023.

The Scientific and Organising Committee reserves the right to decide the final format (oral or written) of the presentations or inform about the acceptance or rejection of proposals as soon as possible and always before 30 May 2023.

The deadline for early bird registration is 30 May 2023.

Conference Committee 

Professor Susan Hogan and Professor Brian Brown

Organising Committee Coordinators:

  • Professor Paul Crawford, PhD
  • International Health Humanities Network
  • Director, Centre for Social Futures
  • Institute of Mental Health
  • The University of Nottingham

Conference fees

Please note that all the fees listed in this section include VAT.

A trip to The Chatsworth Estate on Sunday 24 September will also be available for delegates to take part in at an extra charge. Further information regarding this will be published in early 2023.

Registration Fully institutionally supported Independent attendee University of Derby staff rate Student rate
Early bird rate (available until 30 May) £295 £120 £95 £50
Regular rate (available from 31 May) £395 £295 £130 £115

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