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
- 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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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
TAVISTOCK CENTER LONDON, UK
INSTITUT CURIE PARIS, FRANCE
UNIVERSITY OF WINCHESTER, UK
FONDAZIONE ISTUD, ITALY
UNIVERSITY OF LISBON, PORTUGAL
OXFORD UNIVERSITY, UK
MEDICAL JOURNALIST, HEALTH ANALYST AND IRISH TIMES CONTRIBUTOR, GALWAY, IRELAND
UNIVERSITY OF PORTO, PORTUGAL
JONATHAN MC FARLAND
SECHENOV UNIVERSITY MOSCOW, RUSSIA
UNIVERSIDAD DE MADRID, SPAIN
UNIVERSITY OF KIEL, GERMANY
SIMEN ITALIAN SOCIETY OF NARRATIVE MEDICINE, ITALY
KING’S COLLEGE, LONDON, UK
USL UMBRIA, ITALY
UNIVERSITY OF IOANNINA, GREECE
ACADEMIC LECTURER AND FAIRY-TALES WRITER. POLISH BIBLIOTHERAPEUTIC ASSOCIATION AND DIRECTOR OF FAIRY-TALE STUDIO, POLAND
PEDIATRICIAN AND NEONATOLOGIST, ITALY AND UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
IHCS, TEHRAN, IRAN
EMERGENCY POET AND HONORARY RESEARCH FELLOW AT KEELE UNIVERSITY, UK
MEDICAL HUMANITIES SCHOLAR, EXPERT IN PALLIATIVE CARE, ITALY
UNIVERSITY OF LISBON CENTRE FOR ENGLISH STUDIES, PORTUGAL
ANDERS JUHL RASMUSSEN
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN DENMARK
PROFESSOR EMERITUS OF HISTORY OF MEDICINE AND HEALTH, UNIVERSITY OF GENEVA, SWISS
UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW SCHOOL OF LIFE SCIENCES, UK
UNIVERSITÀ DI BOLOGNA, ITALY
UNIVERSITY OF CRETE, GREECE
NOVARA UNIVERSITY (UPO), ITALY
UNIVERSITY OF LISBON
CHI AT CRUMLIN, IRELAND
UNIVERSITY OF IOANNINA, GREECE
UNIVERSITY OF DUSSELDORF, GERMANY
Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge Barcellona, Spain
UNIVERSITÀ BICOCCA, ITALY
IMD BUSINESS SCHOOL
IRCCS CRO DI AVIANO
SORBONNE UNIVERSITY, FRANCE
TURIN UNIVERSITY, ITALY
JOANA CORRÊA MONTEIRO
UNIVERSITY OF LISBON, PORTUGAL
UNIVERSITY OF BUCHAREST, ROMANIA
UNIVERSITY OF NICOSIA MEDICAL SCHOOL, GREECE
KHSB BERLIN, GERMANY
UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW, UK
St Christopher’s, UK
St Christopher’s, UK
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, SPAIN
U.O.C. Psichiatria di Ragusa – Vittoria, ITALY
UNIVERSITÀ CATTOLICA, ITALY
Maria Teresa Agneta
AIDI & UNIVERSITY OF BARI, ITALY
UNIVERSITÀ SAPIENZA, ITALY
University Of Nicosia, CYPRUS
indipendent art therapist, Italy
Fondazione Sasso Corbaro, SWISS
Université Paris Nanterre, FRANCE
Johannes Gutenberg University, GERMANY
Oxford University, UK
Sechenov University, RUSSIA
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Netherlands
Trinity College, Ireland
Helsinki University Hospital, Iceland
University of Crete, Greece
Professional Counsellor and Narrative Medicine Facilitator, Italy
ALDA MARIA JESUS CORREIA
NOVA University of Lisbon, Portugal
St. Brigid’s Hospice & Naas General Hospital Ireland
INDIPENDENT OPFALMOLOGIST, ITALY
Azienda Ospedaliero Universitaria Pisana, ITALY
Humanitas Gavazzeni e Castelli, Italy
Ospedale SS. Cosma e Damiano, ITALY
MCPHS MASSACHUSETTS COLLEGE OF PHARMACY AND HEALTH SCIENCES, US
MUSEUM DES BEAUX ART MONTREAL, CANADA
ESCUELA DE MEDICINA UNIVERSIDAD DE VALPARAÍSO, CHILE
PSYCHIATRIST AT SEATTLE VA, USA
David Cerdio Domínguez
Universidad Anáhuac, México
MCPHS University, USA
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.