Cross-Pollinations: Canadian Health Humanities Virtual Rounds Series

The Canadian Association for Health Humanities and the League of Canadian Poets are partnering to deliver a series of monthly rounds focused on health, arts and humanities. These live sessions will feature both artists and professionals in the Health Humanities field for a multi-faceted conversation about topics related to healthcare, art, healing, and humanities.

In this ground-breaking new series, health humanities and poetry come together under the same scope, combining artistic expression with health practice and research. The conversations of Cross-Pollinations will illuminate new and emerging insights and perspectives on healthcare opportunities and challenges, healthcare approaches and advances, as well as build bridges of connection between health professionals, humanities and the arts.

This series is ideal for people in arts communities, poets and writers, as well as those working in healthcare.

Upcoming Event

Cross-Pollinations: Canadian Health Humanities Virtual Rounds Series featuring Jen Sebring and Lauren Turner 

Date: Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Time: 6pm EST
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Jen Sebring’s presentation will explore the emerging scholarship of “sickness” as a critical methodology, and how it might be useful in humanizing medical care for those living with chronic illness or disability. Rooted in feminist theory and disability studies, sickness as a methodology considers not only the embodied, felt experience of living with illness, but also the politics of navigating healthcare as a body that biomedicine cannot “fix.” Jen draws on lived experiences of chronic illness and disability, including that from their own life, to propose a methodological framework that privileges
care over cure, and counters conventional understandings of health and wellness. 
Poet Lauren Turner will provide a poetic reading and reflection for attendees.
Jen Sebring, Lauren Turner

Jennifer Hammond Sebring (Jen Sebring) is a Master of Science student in the Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba. Jen is an artist-activist-scholar whose work engages narratives of illness and social studies of medicine through a feminist lens. They have publications in Crossings (2019), Marvels & Tales (2020), and Still Living the Edges: A Disabled Women’s Reader (Inanna 2021). They currently work as a research assistant on the SSHRC-funded project, Bodies in Translation: Activist Art, Technology and Access to Life. Their thesis looks at the effects of repeated healthcare encounters experienced by women and gender-diverse people living with chronic illness. Jen’s research is supported by Research Manitoba, and they are a Sex-and-Gender Science Trainee through CIHR’s Institute of Gender and Health. They hold an Honours BA in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of Winnipeg.

Lauren Turner is a disabled poet and essayist. Her chapbook, We’re Not Going to Do Better Next Time, was published by knife | fork | book in March 2018, and her full-length debut, The Only Card in a Deck of Knives, came out with Wolsak & Wynn in August 2020. Her work has appeared in Grain, Arc Magazine, PRISM International, Poetry is Dead, Cosmonauts Avenue, The Maynard, The Puritan, BAD NUDES, canthius, and elsewhere. She won the 2018 Short Grain Contest, was a finalist for carte blanche’s 2017 3Macs Prize, and made the longlist for Room Magazine’s 2019 creative non-fiction contest. Originally from Ottawa, she lives in Tiohtiá:ke/Montréal on the unceded land of the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation.


Stay tuned to this page for updates on upcoming events in this series!

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Past Events

January 27, 2021: Launch event Featuring poets Charlie C Petch, Ron Charach, Samantha Jones and Rajinderpal S. Pal. This event was poetry-packed and included a Q&A. Thank you to everyone who joined us!


This Series is sponsored by the League of Canadian Poets, the Canadian Association for Health Humanities and the Health Arts Research Centre.