“I think our ligands are stories.” - Rita Charon
In the face of complex academic, social, and political issues emerging in the 21st century, humanities
scholarship has embraced interdisciplinarity as a means of addressing such issues. One field which has
emerged from this is the “Medical and Health Humanities,” a wide-ranging body of critical thought that
examines the intersection of various forms of healthcare and medicine with human and animal interests
and engages with theoretical, pedagogical, professional, and therapeutic inquiries.