This project compares the health humanities in various national contexts, mainly French and American, but not restrictively.
This project compares the health humanities in various national contexts, mainly French and American, but not restrictively. While the field is too often nationally siloed, we will examine cross-cultural, transnational, and comparative work of the humanities for public and global health. The current pandemic has made the relationships between each national culture and its health system more visible, from hospitals and caregivers to health policies, social security and insurance. Little sustained attention has been paid to how health systems and cultural differences produced divergent public and national narratives. Today the cultures of public health in France and the United States differ greatly and thus provide an starting point for comparison in our series of workshops. Ultimately, we aim not only to examine the differences in cultural approaches to public health but to develop a new model for thinking about the health humanities comparatively.
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