Paul Crawford

Human Health - Health Humanities: What’s Up With Everyone?

Professor of Health Humanities at the School of Health Sciences and Director of the Centre for Social Futures at the Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham, UK.

Paul Crawford
21/04 2021
12:15-13:15, on Zoom
Guest Lecture

In this lecture, Professor Paul Crawford at the University of Nottingham introduces the health humanities and its work to advance what he calls ‘creative public health’. The session will illustrate the possibilities of this exciting approach to the health of nations with a viewing and discussion of his latest project to create new animations to support mental health literacy among 17-24 year olds with the world-beating company Aardman (Shaun the Sheep, Wallace & Gromit, Chicken Run). The project, What’s Up With Everyone?, was produced against the backdrop of Covid-19 and yielded new and striking insights into the possibilities on new collaborations between health and creative industry sectors. The talk will be accompanied by a showing of the films and companion platform.

This lecture is part of our program on Human Health. See the full program here.

About Paul Crawford

Paul Crawford is Professor of Health Humanities at the School of Health Sciences and Director of the Centre for Social Futures at the Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham, UK. He is also Honorary Adjunct Professor at Canberra University, Australia. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS), Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health (FRSPH) and Fellow of the Mental Health Collective (FMHC). As founder of the new, global and rapidly developing field of health humanities, Professor Crawford leads a large program of research in applying the arts and humanities to inform and transform healthcare, health and wellbeing. He is currently Principal Investigator for two major projects funded by the Arts Humanities Research Council: Florence Nightingale Comes Home for 2020 (£677,065), What’s Up With Everyone? Animated Storytelling and Mental Health Literacy (£996,475) and CI for MARCH an ESRC/UKRI Mental Health Network + (£1.25m) to advance arts assets for people with mental health challenges. He has held several visiting professor or advisory board appointments in the UK and overseas. His latest publications include: The Routledge Companion to Health Humanities (2020), Florence Nightingale at Home (2020) and Cabin Fever: Surviving Lockdown in the Coronavirus Pandemic (2021).


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Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this lecture may be held online and/or with limited participation. 


About Human Health

Human Health is University of Southern Denmark’s platform for interdisciplinary research into social and human factors for successful health communication and health intervention. Such knowledge is essential to enable the healthcare system to understand what it means to live with a disease and to communicate across human differences in terms of social and cultural background.

Human Health is a unique collaborative platform that brings together strong research environments across the humanities, health sciences and social sciences. While the overall aim of Human Health is to promote health and well-being and to reduce health inequalities, the aspiration of every Human Health research project is to ensure that knowledge of social and human factors become an integral part of health communication and healthcare interaction in the Danish healthcare system.

In a series of three lectures the Human Health platform invites distinguished and international collaborators within the field of health humanities to present and discus key approaches to successful health communication.