EUNAMES

THE EUROPEAN NARRATIVE MEDICINE SOCIETY 

EUNAMES stands for the European Society for Narrative Medicine and Health Humanities. It arose from an idea in the Italian Society for Narrative Medicine (SIMeN) and is an association of scholars and clinicians dedicated to the investigation and promotion of the fields of Narrative Medicine, Medical Humanities and Humanities for Health. EUNAMES recognises that medicine, health care and social services are based on four principles: biological, psychological, social and spiritual or existential. The disciplines encompassed by the society extend widely, including the arts and therapies. The Association is committed to improving the quality of health care systems at a national and European level, and also welcomes involvement from those in other countries who are interested in the activities of the society.

The purpose of EUNAMES is to promote and strengthen dialogue and discussion on the present and the future of all forms of Narrative Medicine and Health Humanities among health professionals, researchers (both academics and non-academics), humanists, teachers and others from every branch of the professions. We hope to contribute to improvements in the well-being of people who suffer from a physical condition or a mental illness, as well as health workers, caregivers, those working in the social services, and all citizens.

EUNAMES PILLARS 2020

  • Plurality of approaches
  • Inclusivity
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Open to every country including outside Europe
  • Building communities of practice

EUNAMES PILLARS 2021*

  • The association of interest
  • Restorative justice
  • Getting lost
  • Spiritual and grounded
  • Appraisal of every kind of knowledge
  • From ancestors to next generations

* developed through social dreaming matrix technique

Why Europe? The name Europe comes from Ancient Greek and means “a wide or open face”. Health is a human right that is endorsed and defended by the World Health Organization. Indeed,  WHO-Europe has drawn up guidelines for narrative research which constitute a very important document underlining the egalitarian importance of narrative as well as clinical and scientific competence.

Beyond this WHO- Europe launched in November 2021 the first report concerning Art Therapy (Humanities for Health) and Clinical Outcomes. We are proud that professionals in the fields of Narrative Medicine and Health Humanities have been embraced by European institutions.

On February 2020, the WHO-Europe acknowledged with an official letter the foundation and launch of the European Narrative Medicine Society, asking to the members to try to build a community of practice including the defined “lonely” people who work in isolation in different centres, hospitals, academies, not for profit organizations in Europe.

This European Society should be an “open face” and welcoming centre for the many Medical Humanities groups, who may belong to academic world, but also, other institutions and lay experts and single people experts and interested and fond of these disciplines/sciences/art.

The EUNAMES will work in integration with local, and international network, without becoming “Guardians” of who is doing a special kind of narrative medicine or who is not following the same approach. Schools are very many, and every individual has also a peculiar style to intend.

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MEMBERS AND PRESIDENCY

EUNAMES is a dynamic group with the possibility of including new representatives from other European nations and having as honorary members also experts from the US, Canada, Australia, Chile and other out of Europe countries, to increase international contacts as much as possible and to be integrated with the International Narrative Medicine Network.

EUNAMES members are scholars, experts in Medical Humanities or Narrative Medicine, and patients. A Scientific Committee will be parallel to the Steering Committee, and honorary members might enter the Scientific Committee.

The President is in charge for three years and is elected by the Council of the involved persons. Currently, since the idea originates from SIMEN and in this case, due to the foundation, the President has been directly proposed by the SIMEN Committee members. For the triennium 2020-2022 EUNAMES serving President will be Maria Giulia Marini, as proposed by SIMEN and the Steering Committee.

MARIA GIULIA MARINI

FONDAZIONE ISTUD, ITALY – SERVING PRESIDENT

JOHN LAUNER

TAVISTOCK CENTER LONDON, UK

PIERRE ANHOURY

INSTITUT CURIE PARIS, FRANCE

JUNE BOYCE-TILLMAN

UNIVERSITY OF WINCHESTER, UK

PAOLA CHESI

FONDAZIONE ISTUD, ITALY

ISABEL FERNANDES

UNIVERSITY OF LISBON, PORTUGAL

TRISHA GREENHALGH

OXFORD UNIVERSITY, UK

MUIRIS HOUSTON

MEDICAL JOURNALIST, HEALTH ANALYST AND IRISH TIMES CONTRIBUTOR, GALWAY, IRELAND

SUSANA MAGALHÃES

UNIVERSITY OF PORTO, PORTUGAL

JONATHAN MC FARLAND

SECHENOV UNIVERSITY MOSCOW, RUSSIA

UNIVERSIDAD DE MADRID, SPAIN

ANGELIKA MESSNER

UNIVERSITY OF KIEL, GERMANY

STEFANIA POLVANI

SIMEN ITALIAN SOCIETY OF NARRATIVE MEDICINE, ITALY

NEIL VICKERS

KING’S COLLEGE, LONDON, UK

MAURO ZAMPOLINI

USL UMBRIA, ITALY

ANNA BATISTATOU

UNIVERSITY OF IOANNINA, GREECE

WERONIKA MADRYAS

ACADEMIC LECTURER AND FAIRY-TALES WRITER. POLISH BIBLIOTHERAPEUTIC ASSOCIATION AND DIRECTOR OF FAIRY-TALE STUDIO, POLAND

FEDERICA VAGNARELLI

PEDIATRICIAN AND NEONATOLOGIST, ITALY AND UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

ALIREZA MONAJEMI

IHCS, TEHRAN, IRAN

DEBORAH ALMA

EMERGENCY POET AND HONORARY RESEARCH FELLOW AT KEELE UNIVERSITY, UK

FRANCESCA BRACCO

MEDICAL HUMANITIES SCHOLAR, EXPERT IN PALLIATIVE CARE, ITALY

MARTA SOARES

UNIVERSITY OF LISBON CENTRE FOR ENGLISH STUDIES, PORTUGAL

ANDERS JUHL RASMUSSEN

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN DENMARK

BERANRDINO FANTINI

PROFESSOR EMERITUS OF HISTORY OF MEDICINE AND HEALTH, UNIVERSITY OF GENEVA, SWISS

OURANIA VARSAU

UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW SCHOOL OF LIFE SCIENCES, UK

ENRICA LEYDI

UNIVERSITÀ DI BOLOGNA, ITALY

CHRISTOS LIONIS

UNIVERSITY OF CRETE, GREECE 

VALERIA VIARENGO

NOVARA UNIVERSITY (UPO), ITALY

TERESA CASAL

UNIVERSITY OF LISBON 

BARRY LYONS

CHI AT CRUMLIN, IRELAND

THEODORA TSELIGKA

UNIVERSITY OF IOANNINA, GREECE

VERA KALITZKUS

UNIVERSITY OF DUSSELDORF, GERMANY

MARCO CORDERO

Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge Barcellona, Spain

CINZIA TRIMBOLI 

UNIVERSITÀ BICOCCA, ITALY

ELISABETTA PASINI

IMD BUSINESS SCHOOL

SUTER NICOLETTA

IRCCS CRO DI AVIANO

GERARD REACH

SORBONNE UNIVERSITY, FRANCE

ALESSANDRA FIORENCIS

ISTUD, ITALY

ANNAMARIA FANTAUZZI

TURIN UNIVERSITY, ITALY

NILS FIETJE 

WHO, DENMARK

JOANA CORRÊA MONTEIRO 

UNIVERSITY OF LISBON, PORTUGAL

SORIN COSTREIE

UNIVERSITY OF BUCHAREST, ROMANIA

NEOPHYTOS STYLIANOU 

 UNIVERSITY OF NICOSIA MEDICAL SCHOOL, GREECE

NORBERT STEINKAMP

KHSB BERLIN, GERMANY

DAVID CLARK

UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW, UK

Andrew Goodhead

St Christopher’s, UK 

HEATHER RICHARDSON

St Christopher’s, UK 

Albina Vegel

Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, SPAIN

Antonio Virzì

Antonio Virzì

U.O.C. Psichiatria di Ragusa – Vittoria, ITALY

Bernardino Fantini

UNIVERSITY OF GENEVE, SWISS 

ELEONORA VOLPATO

UNIVERSITÀ CATTOLICA, ITALY

MARCO TESTA

UNIVERSITÀ SAPIENZA, ITALY

Neophytos Stylianou 

University Of Nicosia, CYPRUS

Mariel Vespa

indipendent art therapist, Italy

Roberto Malacrida

Fondazione Sasso Corbaro, SWISS

SILVIA ROSSI

Université Paris Nanterre, FRANCE

Anita Wohlmann

Johannes Gutenberg University, GERMANY

Emma Ladds

Oxford University, UK

Irina Markovina

Sechenov University, RUSSIA

Peter Hagoort

Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Netherlands 

Barry Lyons

Trinity College, Ireland

PIA SORTO

Helsinki University Hospital, Iceland

Marianna Karamanou

University of Crete, Greece

Andreina Raschietti

Professional Counsellor and Narrative Medicine Facilitator, Italy

ALDA MARIA JESUS CORREIA

NOVA University of Lisbon, Portugal

Miriam Colleran

St. Brigid’s Hospice & Naas General Hospital Ireland

Cristina Maselli

INDIPENDENT OPFALMOLOGIST, ITALY

Diana Marinello

Azienda Ospedaliero Universitaria Pisana, ITALY

tatiana debelli 

Humanitas Gavazzeni e Castelli, Italy

Ilaria Pazzagli

Ospedale SS. Cosma e Damiano, ITALY

Maria Teresa Agneta

AIDI & UNIVERSITY OF BARI, ITALY

HOST MEMBERS

CAROL-ANN FARKAS

MCPHS MASSACHUSETTS COLLEGE OF PHARMACY AND HEALTH SCIENCES, US

STEPHEN LEGARI

MUSEUM DES BEAUX ART MONTREAL, CANADA

PAMELA JOFRÉ

ESCUELA DE MEDICINA UNIVERSIDAD DE VALPARAÍSO, CHILE

DAVID KOPACZ

PSYCHIATRIST AT SEATTLE VA, USA

David Cerdio Domínguez

Universidad Anáhuac, México

DIEN HO

MCPHS University, USA


MEMBERSHIP AND MEETINGS

EUNAMES membership is free. It gives access to the following benefits: online magazines, lessons and online discussions, networking of members across Europe and worldwide. The goal is to have 130 registered members by the end of 2022. To submit your candidation to become a EUNAMES member, please write to eunames@istud.it, attaching your short profile.

EUNAMES official subsidiary for the triennium 2020–2022 is in Milan, Italy. Technology can represent an essential tool to meet each other (e.g. Skype, Zoom, and other possible platforms). The EUNAMES international network wishes to organize a congress every two years, each time in a different city. 

EUNAMES method: EUNAMES meets regularly, once a month, and all the participants are invited to give a lecture selecting one topic candidating to a convenient time. EUNAMES is collecting these lectures in an ebook. EUNAMES gives visibility to participants’ activities such as events, education, books.

EUNAMES first congress was held on the 21st of May 2022 in Portu, Portugal, in partnership with DASH (Doctor as Humanist), SIMEN (Società Italiana di Medicina Narrativa), and our international network.

EUNAMES LECTUREs

CHEMOods and Atri Paintings: Annunziata Tricarico’s journey through illness and the power of Art, with Stephen Legari and Federica Vagnarelli – EUNAMES LECTURE (28/11/2022)

CHEMOods and Atri Paintings: Annunziata Tricarico’s journey through illness and the power of Art, with Stephen Legari and Federica Vagnarelli – EUNAMES LECTURE (28/11/2022)

Reflective Practice in Medicine by John Launer, Maria Victoria Bovo and Susana Magalhaes – EUNAMES LECTURE (25/10/2022)

Reflective Practice in Medicine by John Launer, Maria Victoria Bovo and Susana Magalhaes – EUNAMES LECTURE (25/10/2022)

A tribute to Cicely Saunders: the narrative of hospice care innovation by Francesca Bracco, David Clark and Heather Richardson – EUNAMES LECTURES (30/09/2022)

A tribute to Cicely Saunders: the narrative of hospice care innovation by Francesca Bracco, David Clark and Heather Richardson – EUNAMES LECTURES (30/09/2022)

Narrative Medicine applied to Vaccination during Covid- 19 pandemic by Maria Giulia Marini and Eleonora Volpato – EUNAMES lectures (28/07/2022)

Narrative Medicine applied to Vaccination during Covid- 19 pandemic by Maria Giulia Marini and Eleonora Volpato – EUNAMES lectures (28/07/2022)

‘Narrative medicine, what I have learned’ by Saba Miri Kermanshahi – EUNAMES lectures (28/06/2022)

‘Narrative medicine, what I have learned’ by Saba Miri Kermanshahi – EUNAMES lectures (28/06/2022)

Violence On Women During The Pandemic – Eunames Lecture By Annamaria Fantauzzi (23/03/2022)

Violence On Women During The Pandemic – Eunames Lecture By Annamaria Fantauzzi (23/03/2022)

‘Covid was and Covid is… through Narrative Lens’ by Maria Giulia Marini & ‘How Covid-19 Will Change Narrative-based Medicine’ by Muiris Houston – EUNAMES lectures (27/01/2022)

‘Covid was and Covid is… through Narrative Lens’ by Maria Giulia Marini & ‘How Covid-19 Will Change Narrative-based Medicine’ by Muiris Houston – EUNAMES lectures (27/01/2022)

Music and healing – EUNAMES lecture by June Boyce-Tillman (21/12/2021)

Music and healing – EUNAMES lecture by June Boyce-Tillman (21/12/2021)

Narrative (Bio)Ethics On Green Pass – eunames lecture by Susana Magalhães (29/10/2021)

Narrative (Bio)Ethics On Green Pass – eunames lecture by Susana Magalhães (29/10/2021)

Grown-Ups Like Numbers – EUNAMES lecture by Prof Anna Batistatou (24/09/2021)

Grown-Ups Like Numbers – EUNAMES lecture by Prof Anna Batistatou (24/09/2021)

EUNAMES CONGRESS 2022 (Portu, May 21st)

The meeting of eternal scholars – Francesca Bracco’s reflection

The meeting of eternal scholars – Francesca Bracco’s reflection

Humanism in Surgery (6th DASH Symposium, EUNAMES, i3S | University of Porto) – a reflection by Susana Magalhães

Humanism in Surgery (6th DASH Symposium, EUNAMES, i3S | University of Porto) – a reflection by Susana Magalhães

Reasons for Hope – by Jonathan McFarland 

Reasons for Hope – by Jonathan McFarland 

Call for action on Narrative Medicine and Humanities for Health in Europe

Call for action on Narrative Medicine and Humanities for Health in Europe

Why integrate linguistic analyses in narrative medicine? – speech by Theodora Tseligka

Why integrate linguistic analyses in narrative medicine? – speech by Theodora Tseligka

Create A Welcoming Place In An Inhospital Place – Speech by Valeria Viarengo

Create A Welcoming Place In An Inhospital Place – Speech by Valeria Viarengo

Narrative Medicine and Medical Education in Europe – presentation by Muiris Houston

Narrative Medicine and Medical Education in Europe – presentation by Muiris Houston

Narrative Medicine And Acute Myocardial Infarction : The Heart Of The Stories – Speech by Marco Cordero

Narrative Medicine And Acute Myocardial Infarction : The Heart Of The Stories – Speech by Marco Cordero

A teacher’s journey through, along with and for Narrative Medicine – Speech by Nicoletta Suter

A teacher’s journey through, along with and for Narrative Medicine – Speech by Nicoletta Suter

Eunames Congress (May 21st)

Eunames Congress (May 21st)

The Doctor as a Humanist (DASH) 6th Symposium: Humanism in Surgery & EUNAMES Congress

The Doctor as a Humanist (DASH) 6th Symposium: Humanism in Surgery & EUNAMES Congress

NEWS

Eunames Congress (May 21st)

Eunames Congress (May 21st)

The Doctor as a Humanist (DASH) 6th Symposium: Humanism in Surgery & EUNAMES Congress

The Doctor as a Humanist (DASH) 6th Symposium: Humanism in Surgery & EUNAMES Congress

A conversation on Narrative Medicine across borders

A conversation on Narrative Medicine across borders

EU NAMES: the European Narrative Medicine Society is dawning

EU NAMES: the European Narrative Medicine Society is dawning