Call: InSight 2: Engaging the Health Humanities


The call for proposals for the InSight 2: Engaging the Health Humanities, an international exhibition and publication offering frameworks for examining linkages, experiences, visualisations and productive imaginings at the nexus of the health humanities, design and community engagement.

The health humanities, an interdisciplinary domain of study which connects the arts, humanities, bioethics and social sciences, among other areas, is concerned with human needs and experiences related to health and healthcare. A human-centred design approach to health and well-being involves community members in identifying, and co-creating solutions to, issues and problems that affect them. Community engagement has emerged as a priority for many educational institutes for the “mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity” (Carnegie 2006).

The InSight 2 exhibition will be centred at the Fine Arts Building Gallery at the University of Alberta from May 14 to June 8, 2013. The publication will accompany the exhibition.

Building on the InSight: Visualizing Health Humanities project (, InSight 2 explores how we can engage the health humanities to help us work collaboratively across disciplines and communities, to imagine and design innovative and transformative processes, communications, products/devices, environments, services and experiences that can help to promote our health and well-being. We are particularly interested in insights and perspectives that challenge habitual frames of mind and open up opportunities to explore uncharted territories in formats that blur the boundaries, for example, between the visual and the textual, the tactile and the virtual, and the conventional and the radical.

We invite visual, textual, tactile, audio, performative or hybrid proposals for the InSight 2: Engaging the Health Humanities exhibition and publication that create opportunities for dialogue and debate regarding areas of practice and knowledge at the nexus of the health humanities, design and community engagement.

Proposals should be submitted via email to by January 25, 2013. Please post and share the call for proposals with your colleagues and students.

Updated information about the InSight 2 project, which in addition to the exhibition and publication, includes a two-day symposium planned for May 2013:


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