Art and health

Our research attends to the role of the arts in human experiences of health, and the role of health in artistic practice. We conceptualise “health” as an intersectional constellation of diverse physical, physiological, mental, and psychological experiences spanning socio-cultural and biomedical constructions of illness, wellness, ability, disability, injury, aging, trauma, etc.

Digital hyperbolic drawing of the viral Hologram network, a peer-to-peer feminist health network. By Cassie Thornton, 2020.

By fostering interdisciplinary dialogue at the intersection of the arts and health, we situate the arts as an urgent, creative arena of public health discourse. We analyse diverse material, digital, and metaphorical articulations of health across the arts, and their function within larger socio-economic, political, and relational ecologies. By unmooring the study of health from the exclusive purview of biomedical research and clinical practice, our work builds on scholarship in disability studies and Mad studies, while centralising the place of the arts in the medical humanities. 

  • How do the arts shape human experiences of health and pathology?
  • How do the arts reinforce and upend normative conceptions of human embodiment and neurology?
  • How can artistic practice be a catalyst for new forms health awareness, social advocacy, and human biocultural diversity?


Expressive cultures

Visual, textual, performative and musical representations of disability, depression, anxiety, contagion, trauma, etc.

Design cultures

Physical, atmospheric and performative design and accessibility of medical spaces, technologies, digital health platforms, art institutions, etc.

Social histories

Historic artistic discourse on epidemics; madness, hysteria, melancholia; pathologisation of LGBTQ people; housing reform and biopolitics, etc.

Ecological entanglements

Art’s advocacy on impact of global environmental and socio-economic conditions on human physical and mental health.

Therapeutic applications

Art’s therapy in medical and non-medical settings including music therapy; Theatre of the Oppressed; creative writing workshops; support groups, etc.


Focus on health in arts & and humanities pedagogy to facilitate more diverse, inclusive and holistic learning paradigms.


  • accessibility, accommodation, inclusion
  • normativity, biocultural diversity, biopolitics
  • intersectionality, advocacy, coalition, community, relationality
  • medical authority, diagnostic models, clinical practice, (psycho)pathology
  • ableism, sanism, ageism










Name Title Phone E-mail
Ag, Tanya Ravn Assistant Professor +4535321265 E-mail
Bencke, Ida PhD Fellow +4535328143 E-mail
Carlsen, Linus Nicolaj PhD Fellow   E-mail
Frantzen, Mikkel Krause Associate Professor +4535337308 E-mail
Holmes, Jessica Allison Assistant Professor - Tenure Track +4535322318 E-mail
Høeg, Mette Obling Teaching Associate Professor +4535321224 E-mail
Kjær, Michael Teaching Associate Professor   E-mail
Lind, Tore Tvarnø Associate Professor +4540498969 E-mail


Maria Bee Christensen-Strynø, Postdoc (Communication Studies), Roskilde University


Cluster leaders: Jessica Allison Holmes and Maria Strynø