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Without authentic and effective collaborations, with organisations and with individuals, within and outside academia, we wouldn't get very far.

Pedestrian path and bicycle path crossway. Photo.


External Engagements

We cooperate with the health services, not least the Skåne University Hospital and Region Skåne, the joint public health services in Skåne (Scania). It’s our belief that collaboration with former students, as well as with associations for patients and their families, will help us focus on the right issues. Offering new perspectives, the Medical Humanities provide fresh opportunities to solve problems in healthcare.

Are you a colleague or student, or a possible external partner, keen to join us in shaping activities at our Centre? Send an e-mail to Asa [dot] Thormahlen [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se (Asa[dot]Thormahlen[at]med[dot]lu[dot]se) 

The Birgit Rausing Centre for Medical Humanities forms part of one of Lund University’s thematic collaboration initiatives. Researchers from four faculties and 14 external parties have come together under the theme of Existential resilience, aesthetics and shared humanity.

Current research projects with external partners

Thematic collaboration initiatives at Lund University

We wish to draw special attention to our collaboration with Columbia University in the United States: in November 2022, Professor Rita Charon was elected as a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate at the Faculty of Medicine. Her Lund doctorate will be conferred on her at a ceremony in May 2023.

The Faculty of Medicine website on the Honorary Doctors of 2023

Interview with Rita Charon in connection with the Philip Sandblom Prize Lecture in October 2022


We’re not alone in starting a centre for Medical Humanities in Sweden. Such centres were set up at the Universities of Linköping and Uppsala in 2020, and the Swedish network for Medical Humanities currently includes researchers from 11 universities and university colleges. The Birgit Rausing Centre for Medical Humanities hosted the network meeting in Lund in spring 2023.

The network is currently asking for articles for a special theme issue of
Journal of Medical Humanities: "Medical Humanities in the Nordics".

Call for articles for Journal of Medical Humanities

The Birgit Rausing Centre for Medical Humanities is at present coordinating the Nordic network for narratives in medicine, which is why the network has its own entrance on our website. In October 2022, the network meeting on the theme of Ranges of Proximity: Approaching Narratives in Medicine took place in Lund. The network is currently asking for articles on "Care and Community in the Arts of Narrative Medicine" for the next network meeting in June 2024. 

Webpages on the Nordic network for narratives in medicine

Bridging the Baltic is a network connecting History of Medicine scholars from several countries around the Baltic. The network arranges symposia and engenders publications, among them an anthology. A symposium on Digital Health, took place in Lund in spring 2023. 

Webpages on Bridging the Baltic Network

The Birgit Rausing Centre for Medical Humanities collaborates with the Medical Humanities research node at the Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences. One tangible result of our close cooperation is the thematic collaboration initiative called Existential Resilience, aesthetics and shared humanity.

The Medical Humanities research node at the Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences

External engagements

One way of stimulating interest in the Medical Humanities among people and organisations we’d like to work with is to arrange outward-looking events of various kinds, adapted to dissimilar target groups. We have also chosen to place our previous events in an ‘open archive’.

Our events

Our blog tells you about activities at the Centre on a more everyday basis.

The Birgit Rausing Centre for Medical Humanities Blog


Åsa Thormählen
Asa [dot] Thormahlen [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se (Asa[dot]Thormahlen[at]med[dot]lu[dot]se)