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DH Seminar - Kathryn Rhine "Global Medical Humanities and the Horizons of Digital Health Innovation"

Digital Humanities Seminar Fall 2016

Hall Center Digital Humanities Seminar

Aug. 29

Kathryn A. Rhine
Associate Professor, Anthropology
University of Kansas

“Global Medical Humanities and the Horizons of Digital Health Innovation”
Hall Center Seminar Room 1, 3:30-5:00

There is no paper for this seminar.


In this seminar, I describe a new curriculum initiative I am proposing in collaboration with the SLLC and over 30 faculty members across KU. This project will provide undergraduates an interdisciplinary perspective onto novel developments in global health and medicine, particularly as these initiatives unfold in virtual spaces. Students will consider questions such as: (1) In what ways are these new assemblages of knowledge embedded in local and global contexts? (2) How is the language used to describe health and development enmeshed in particular cultural values and structures of power? (3) How might these digital innovations reveal particular ways of knowing, seeing, and experiencing disease, community, and social change? (4) And, how are social inequalities being reproduced in and through these domains? We intend to analyze these concerns through an array of methodologies, with an emphasis on the interdependent relationships between theory, method, critical practice, and social justice. The centerpiece of this initiative will be an experiential learning course that uses the Work Group for Community Health and Development's Community Tool Box [] as a virtual laboratory for students to address linguistic, cultural, and structural barriers to health promotion and social change.

If you would like more information about this or other Digital Humanities Seminar sessions, contact Philip Stinson (Classics, 864-3065,

Andrew Hodgson
Scholarly Program Administrator
Hall Center for the Humanities
(785) 864-4798


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