PULSE Network members offer a broad range of courses at universities around the country and participate in an interdisciplinary master’s track as part of the MA History: Medical and Health Humanities programme at VU Amsterdam.

This programme combines the history of health and medicine with a wide array of arts and humanities approaches. Classes explore the different ways that bodies and minds have been investigated and understood, and how these various ways of knowing shape everyday life, medical practice, and public health policy. Participants learn to contextualise medical ideas in the time and culture, and to analyse a diverse range of sources, including historical artefacts, comics and films, medical texts and health journalism. Drawing on methods from across the disciplines, students will broaden their tools of investigation beyond the written word to also consider the sounds, smells, and the look and feel of the past and its lessons and legacies in the present day.

The three specialised courses in the programme are also open to interested MA or MSc students registered at Dutch universities. This includes those enrolled in medical school, or specializing in related health or humanities disciplines, such as psychology, art history, nursing, social work, communications, media studies, anthropology, or museum studies.

The course is most interesting and the sessions are very interactive. News topics, such as coronavirus, are part of discussions and related to historical perspectives. I noticed the ongoing impact of a lesson during my workweek – I was more focused on issues from classes and talked with my colleagues about it. They were curious too…

Walter Verwegen, Educator for professionals nurses and social workers, Mental Health institute Eindhoven, GGzE

“The in-depth and open discussions of articles were always related to contemporary developments and debates in medicine and society in general, and made this course highly relevant for students coming either from the humanities’ the social sciences or the medical disciplines. Indeed, the discussions were all the more enriching as the students in class came from very different disciplines and backgrounds.” 

Marie, Research Master History, Radboud University Nijmegen

“I’ve learned so much! While I was vaguely familiar with the health humanities before starting this course, I gained a much more comprehensive overview of the health humanities as a discipline than I could’ve imagined when I registered for the class. Naturally, I learned about and explored the connections between mental health and the health humanities as well as how engaging with the health humanities can help me become a better researcher and clinician in the future.”

Michael E. Gasior, MSc Clinical and Developmental Psychopathology


Open to: ReMa students | PhD candidates | Academic Staff

Contact info organizers (for registration for the event): Prof. dr. Manon Parry: m.s.parry@uva.nl. Please write in the subject line: REGISTRATION PULSE SEMINAR.

Registration deadline: October 16

If applicable, maximum no. of participants: 20

Proposed no. of ECTS: 

ReMa and PhD students will earn 1 ECT for attending two sessions, for a total of 4 ECTs if they attend all eight sessions. Those who participate in the research workshop day on 27 June can earn an additional 1 ECT for presenting a 10 minute pitch of their current research and actively engaging in the workshop. 

To register, please email Prof. dr. Manon Parry (m.s.parry@uva.nl) with the subject line REGISTRATION PULSE SEMINAR. Please list which sessions you will attend, your university, programme, and national research school affiliation. In order to obtain credits, please also state that you agree to allow us to share this information with NICA so that they can process your credits. Also, please note that while the seminars and research workshop day are open to all ReMA students and PhD candidates from Dutch universities, priority will be given to those affiliated with NICA.

More information here!

Not a student?
Healthcare professionals and others not enrolled as a university student, but who would like to register for the specialised courses, are welcome to participate. Please contact the coordinators to discuss: Ab Flipse (a.c.flipse@vu.nl) and Manon Parry (m.s.parry@vu.nl) .


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