Health Humanities Lab

The HRC Health Humanities Lab fosters interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research collaborations that center on better understanding and critiquing the systematic and structural inequities that produce health and healthcare disparities, and on imagining and enacting alternatives. The goal of the Health Humanities Lab is to bring fresh perspectives from the humanities, arts, and social sciences, as well as from the Richmond community and beyond, to advance individual and communal well being. 

In the Fall 2022, the Health Humanities Lab will convene a series of four outdoor and/or hybrid meetings to discuss priorities and programming for Spring and Fall 2023. Any faculty, community member, or student is welcome to participate.

If you are interested in joining the HHL, please contact Chris Cynn at: cjcynn@vcu.edu.

Health Humanities Lab

Meet the Team

Chris Cynn

Chris Cynn, Ph.D.

Lab Director

Chris Cynn is an associate professor of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies. Her interdisciplinary research draws from gender, queer of color, and cultural studies to explore literary and visual productions related to illness, health, memory, and archives. She has worked as a full-time community organizer and as a video producer, and is the author of Prevention: Gender, Sexuality, HIV, and the Media in Côte d’Ivoire, the co-producer of a documentary on a human rights trial in Haiti, and the co-producer and director of a number of short videos.

Call for Student Fellows

Undergraduate Student Fellows (up to 3)

Health Humanities Lab Undergraduate Student Fellows will:

  • Participate in meetings setting the HHL’s agenda for the spring and fall 2023 and conduct related research
  • Assist in organizing speaker series and other HHL events
  • Help oversee the HHL’s social media 
  • HHL Undergraduate Student Fellows will receive a $500/semester stipend with an expected two-semester commitment

 

If you are an undergraduate student in the Arts or College of Humanities and Sciences and are interested in participating in the Health Humanities Lab, please submit a CV and a one-page letter to cjcynn@vcu.edu explaining why you would like to serve as an HHL Undergraduate Student Fellow by 5 PM, Sept. 30, 2022

 

Graduate Student Fellow

The Health Humanities Lab Graduate Student Fellow will:

  • Participate in meetings setting the HHL’s agenda for the spring and fall 2023 and conduct related research
  • Help coordinate undergraduate student HHL fellows
  • Assist in organizing speaker series and other HHL events
  • Help oversee the HHL’s social media 
  • The HHL Graduate Student Fellow will receive a $750/semester stipend with an expected two-semester commitment

 

If you are an graduate student in the Arts or College of Humanities and Sciences and are interested in participating in the Health Humanities Lab, please submit a CV and a one-page letter to cjcynn@vcu.edu explaining why you would like to serve as an HHL Graduate Student Fellow by 5 PM, Sept. 30, 2022

Programming

Coming soon!