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:

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 Faculty and Community Fellows

The Health Humanities Lab at the VCU Humanities Research Center is calling for applications for a group of two faculty and two community fellows to create an interdisciplinary learning module on health and healthcare disparities. The module will be featured as part of the History and Health initiative from the Office of Health Equity, and must address a topic or issue related to health and/or healthcare disparities and inequities, including those impacting BIPOC, LGBTQIA+,  disabled, and other marginalized and minoritized individuals and communities. The modules and recordings are publicly available and have been incorporated in classes across the university. VCU and VCU Health employees can also count their participation in HHP modules toward diversity, equity, and inclusion training requirements. You can view some sample modules from last year’s Racial Equity series here.

As part of your module proposal, please provide a single paragraph (150 words max) description of the proposed module, how this module addresses inequities in health and healthcare, and/or how social and economic marginalization and other social determinants of health directly impact the quality of and access to healthcare. In addition, please provide a single paragraph (150 words or less) description of how this module will amplify and address community member concerns and how the group plans to collaborate on the production of the module. Please attach a 1-page bibliography of interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary sources and resources you would be interested in featuring as part of your module, including potential invited speakers or panels. 

Each faculty and community Health Humanities Lab fellow will receive a $1,000 stipend, with payment contingent upon the production of a successful module before the end of the spring semester 2023. If you have any questions, please contact the Health Humanities Lab director, Chris Cynn.

Deadline for proposal submission: December 15th, 2022, 5:00 PM. Please submit all proposals to Chris Cynn (


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