Arts-Based Research and Practice: Mini-Retreat and Workshop

Saturday, October 14, 2023, 9:45am to 3:45pm


Health humanities and arts-based approaches offer a wide variety of ways to create and impactfully mobilize new knowledge and understanding. The workshop will facilitate participants’ skills in designing and implementing health humanities and arts-focused scholarly projects in the areas of health research, health professions education or science communication and advocacy. The workshop will offer a variety of experientially modelled approaches that draw on narrative methods, critical discourse analysis, and visual arts practices, with a focus on how an interdisciplinary or novice scholar might engage in these. By the end of the workshop participants will develop their own personalized roadmap for a scholarly undertaking or project through health arts and humanities. Participants will also receive a curated set of resources to use post-workshop.

Target Audience

This workshop is most relevant for early career faculty and trainees (PhD, post-doctoral and MD) developing careers in academic medicine and health professions education as well as those looking to augment or transition their scholarly and pedagogical approaches to incorporate arts-based and health humanities practices. The methodologies discussed are applicable to teaching, research, and advocacy/science communication. Participants engaging in the workshop will take part in experiential training as well as develop theoretical resources specific to their interests, to help them apply the skills and practices to their own settings and contexts.

Program Highlights

  • Hands-on workshop led by experienced facilitators carrying out humanities and arts-based research in health settings and in health professions education
  • Support to design your own scholarly project using health arts and humanities approaches
  • Integration of theory and methods across various approaches
  • Curated resources to continue to develop your project or interests post-workshop
  • Networking time with facilitators and participants


Program Fee: $50

All amounts are in Canadian Dollars (CAD $) and are subject to 13% HST.

A small number of subsidies are available to support graduate students and health professions trainees. Please email to be considered.

This workshop is funded through EC3R: Establishing Capacity, Connection and Collaboration for Early Career Researchers working at the Intersection of Arts, Humanities and Health. Funded by the UCL-UoT Emerging Global Talents Fund. (Visit Website)