Creating Space 12

Thursday evening to Saturday, April 21 to 23, 2022

Health Sciences Centre    3330 Hospital Drive NW

Calgary, Alberta, Canada


Theme: All Our Communities: Relationships and Relationality in Healthcare

During the last year our sense of connectedness — with each other, our communities, our patients and colleagues, teachers and students, our homes and workplaces, and the larger web of societal systems within which we are immersed — has deepened and expanded in some ways, and also been challenged in other ways. As we continue in this fraught time, hopefully to emerge soon, we invite reflection, inquiry, critical dialogue, proposed solutions, and communication concerning how our relationships have been ruptured, retained, re-imagined, and reformed. Within these changes, how do we understand relationality itself within healthcare practice and teaching? How do the humanities contribute to, and trouble relationships in medical contexts? How does medical practice challenge our understanding of our relationships, including our relationship with our own self? How do our relationships with the larger world, culture, environment, societies, and climate impact our health and the way we relate to and engage the healing arts? We encourage proposals from a wide range of perspectives and disciplines: creative, critical, and practical, to reflect and converse with us on these questions and themes.

Land Acknowledgement

Presenters and participants at our conference come from many corners of Turtle Island.  We wish to acknowledge that the in-person face of the conference is located in the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Blackfoot Confederacy (comprising the Siksika, Piikani and Kainai First Nations), the Tsuut’ina First Nation and the Stoney Nakoda (including the Chiniki, Bearspaw and Wesley First Nations).  More precisely, the University of Calgary is above the confluence of two rivers, the Bow and the Elbow (Mohkinstsis in Blackfoot).  Calgary is also home to Metis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

We’re proud to be hybrid!

The Calgary CS12 Planning Committee is excited to provide you with attendance options.  Come in person and enjoy traditional human interactions, networking and food.  Or come virtually in maximum comfort and convenience, zero travel costs, smaller climate impact.

Art worksCurated by Dr. Jennifer Leason, Associate Professor, University of Calgary

Featured Artists

  • Emma Jane Cohen
  • Elijah Wells
  • Sheldon Pierre Louis
  • Tanis Erasmus
  • Rain Prud’homme-Cranford
  • Jennifer Leason

Canadian Association for Health Humanities (CAHH) Annual General Meeting

An opportunity for you to influence the growth and direction of our national body.  Hear about what we are doing and planning.  Offer feedback.  Nominate someone (or yourself) and vote for open positions on our Advisory Council.

The Canadian Association for Health Humanities exists to promote the exchange of ideas and critical dialogue among scholars and practitioners, as well as foster collaborative explorations nationally and internationally. Through meetings, publications and related activities, CAHH seeks to facilitate initiatives as well as interdisciplinary, cross-professional inquiry into research and educational practices relevant to the health humanities.


The organizing committee would like to thank the sponsors of Creating Space 12

Contact Information

Email  creatingspace12calgary@gmail.com

Program website https://login.easychair.org/smart-program/CS12/

Artwork Exhibition on-line https://ucalgary.ca/groups/health-humanities Click on "Creating Space 12 Art" menu

Organizing committee

Bernice Fonseka, Graham McCaffrey, Heather Huston, Janet de Groot, Jennifer Leason, Laurie Pereles, Martina Kelly, Mary Wallis,

Michael Frishkopf, Oswald Chen, Pam Brett-MacLean, Stephanie Plamondon. Tinu Ruparell, Tom Rosenal, Wanda Lester