The European Narrative Medicine Society was born from an idea of the Italian Society of Narrative Medicine (SIMeN), and  it is an association of non-profit researchers dedicated to the investigation of Medical Humanities and Humanities for Health in the medical, health care, social services to respond to a model of health based on four pillars: biological, psychological, social and spiritual (where spiritual stands also for existential). The disciplines encompassed by the society are therefore Humanities for Health, Narrative Medicine and possible other languages of care as for instance art therapy. The purpose of the Association is to improve the quality of the health care systems, at a European country level, and also wider for whom, from other countries, might be interested in the activities of the society.

The purpose of this European Society is to promote and strengthen dialogues, discussions on the present and the future of Medical Humanities and narrative medicine, for health professionals, researchers (both academics and non-academics), humanists, teachers and other professionals coming from every branch. All this with the aim to contribute to improve both the well-being of people who suffer from a physical condition or a mental illness, and the health workers, the caregivers, the social services and the citizenship.

Eunames pillars are

  • Plurality of approaches
  • Inclusivity
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Open to every country also outside Europe
  • Community of practice

Why Europe? Namely, the name Europe comes from Ancient Greek and means “a wide or open face”. that health is a Human Right endorsed and defended by the World Health Organization, and indeed the WHO-Europe has drawn up guidelines for narrative research for this purpose which are a very important document to underline the equalitarian importance of narrative discipline and the clinical and scientific competence.

Beyond this WHO- Europe has launched in November the first report concerning Art Therapy (Humanities for Health) and Clinical Outcomes. It is with open face that we declare that the Narrative Medicine and Medical Humanities people have not been left alone by the 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.

List of the 53 WHO-Europe countries


The Steering Committee 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 Steering Committee 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

Maria Giulia Marini Fondazione ISTUD, Italy - Serving President

Pierre Anhoury Institut Curie Paris, France

June Boyce-Tillman University of Winchester, UK

Paola Chesi

Paola Chesi Fondazione ISTUD, Italy

Christian De Lorenzo Université Paris- Est Créteil, France

Isabel Fernandes University of Lisbon, Portugal

Trisha Greenhalgh Oxford University, UK

John Launer Tavistock Center London, UK

Susana Magalhães University of Porto, Portugal

Jonathan Mc Farland Sechenov University Moscow, Russia

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


Carol-Ann Farkas MCPHS Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, US

Stephen Legari Museum des beaux Art Montreal, Canada

MEMBERSHIP and meetings

EUNAMES membership fee is 50 euro per year and gives access to the following benefits: online magazines, lessons and online discussions, networking of members across Europe and worldwide. The goal is to have at least 150 registered members in the next two years.

EUNAMES official subsidiary for the triennium 2020–2022 will be 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 first congress will be held in Catania, Italy in 2022 in partnership with the SIMEN Congress and our international network, and will represent the first balance for the Society.