Black Health and the Humanities Network: Call for Applicants

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The BHH Network is a community of academics, artists, and activists working in the field of Black health and the humanities. The Network was formed in 2020 by Dr Josie Gill and Dr Amber Lascelles at the Centre for Black Humanities, University of Bristol, and was, born of a critical call to address issues related to racism in healthcare, particularly in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter movement which surfaced the urgency of attending to the disproportionate impact of healthcare crises in marginalised communities. 

The network is now led by Dr Arya Thampuran at the Institute for Medical Humanities, Durham University, and Dr Kelechi Anucha at Leeds Beckett University, alongside former network members, and is supported by Durham’s Institute for Medical Humanities. In this second phase of the project, we invite cross-disciplinary, cross-sectoral collaborations to address and redress issues in healthcare systems for Black communities. We are interested in cultivating research ecologies that address healthcare as a critical social justice issue. We will prioritise research and career development through themed workshops, facilitate partnership opportunities, and support creative co-productions, modelling an ethics of care and non-extractive methodologies in the delivery of network activity. 

We are delighted to open the network for a new cohort of PhD students, researchers, and practitioners in the field of Black health to join our existing community. Current members have specialisms in areas such as sexual and reproductive health, mental health, environmentalism, community engagement, and creative production. We would like to welcome new members from across the arts and humanities, cultural and third sector spaces. 

We invite expressions of interests from individuals from within or outside academia, who identify their practice as situated in the field. We particularly welcome individuals who identify as being from minoritised communities. There will be a mix of online and in-person events; as such, we are currently only able to accept UK-based applicants. Members will also have opportunities to embed themselves in the broader research communities at Durham’s Institute for Medical Humanities and Leeds Beckett University’s Centre for Culture and Humanities.


Please submit your response to the application form:  by 15 March 2024 (23:59 GMT), along with a brief CV (max 2 pages). You may submit your responses to the long-form questions in written form or via audio/visual recording if preferred (10-15 minutes) using Dropbox or WeTransfer. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a short virtual interview with the network leads in March 2024. If you have any queries, do get in touch with us