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The Centre for Medical Humanities (CMH) was established in late 2014/early 2015. It builds and expands on the work of the Centre for Health, Medicine and Society: Past and Present in new directions. First and foremost, it aims to promote world-leading interdisciplinary research and actively engage with new academic and non-academic audiences. Second, it strives to encourage a fresh collaborative partnership across the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and the University more broadly. Third, it brings together historians of medicine and scholars with interests in medical humanities from History, Philosophy, Social and Life Sciences as well as Anthropology and Religion. Finally, it seeks to explore new opportunities for extending its current academic network and establish new ones. To this end, CMH will endeavour to communicate more effectively with similar institutions, nationally and globally, and thus to provide new and innovative solutions to a wide range of issues in medical humanities.
This new strategy is needed to move beyond the limited field of history of medicine and to position the Centre’s interrelated research in medical humanities within a new institutional framework, which fosters interdisciplinary and innovative scholarship. In seeking to achieve its short- and long-term goals, the CMH will continue to offer a high quality academic environment aiming to increase its international profile, along with its ability to secure substantial funding, not only for established scholars but also for graduate students and early career researchers.