Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Narrative Medicine Workshop in Germany

January 12, 2018 @ 9:00 am

“Narrative Medicine is the capacity to recognize, absorb, metabolize, interpret and be moved by the stories of illness.” Dr. Rita Charon. The care of the sick demands an attention to the stories of others, how the stories unfold, and how they relate to present day health. Such descriptions shape how and why one suffers.


Narratively trained clinicians read and engage with a broad range of literary text. Literature and art has a unique way of immersing us in perspectives of others, and away from the confines of our own life experiences. Surgeon Rene’ Leriche writes that “health is life in the silence of the organs.” Effective care then, first requires the physician to listen to the telling of the journeys of their patients in relation to their own bodies. When we in fact listen to the stories of patients, allow for and engage in the telling of their journeys of illness, we are indeed taking the first step toward impacting health.

The workshop is organized by the Center of Continuing Education at Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz. It is based on the long-standing cooperation between the Transnational American Studies Institute at Mainz and Columbia University in New York City. The workshop will take place on the main campus of jGu and will be held in English.

We invite interested professionals and scholars with a background in medicine, health care or the humanities. participants must be proficient in English.


The workshop is limited to 32 participants.

Preliminary program and schedule found here.

For more information and registration, visit the homepage of Narrative Medicine at Mainz University.

The deadline for registration is December 15, 2017.


January 12, 2018
9:00 am
Event Category:


Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Jakob-Welder-Weg 18
Mainz, 55128 Germany
+ Google Map


Open to public