Research Unit

CHARM - Consortium for Health Humanities, Arts, Reading and Medicine

Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • Comparative literature studies
    • Narratology
    • Poetics
    • Literary theory
    • Philosophical aesthetics
    • Philosophy of medical and biomedical sciences
    • Medical ethics and medical deontology
    • Care ethics
    • History of art
    • History of performing arts
  • Social sciences
    • Health psychology
    • Work and organisational psychology
    • Sociology of health
    • Sociology of life course, family and health not elsewhere classified
    • Interpersonal communication
    • Science and health communication
  • Medical and health sciences
    • Gerontology and geriatrics not elsewhere classified
    • Cognitive neuroscience
    • Cancer therapy
    • Palliative care and end-of-life care
    • Health care administration
    • Health economy
    • Health management
    • Health promotion and policy
    • Public health care not elsewhere classified
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The consortium brings together scholars from the Faculties of Medicine, Arts, Political and Social Sciences and Psychology with an interest in research into and reflection of the domain of individual and collective care. Their work is related to the international field of medical and health humanities., in which care is seen as a complex interplay of ideas, practices and organisations that warrant the complementary perspectives of biomedical, sociological, pyschological and humanitites approaches. The aim of the consortium is to foster research and teaching activities that improve the health and well-being of patients and other individuals involved in contexts of care (relatives, caregivers, nursing staff, doctors, ...). In order to do so, members of the consortium aim to organise activities (lectures, debates, reading groups) in the popular domain, develop courses and teaching modules and set up research projects.