Stewart KA, Ingold R, de Bruyn M, & KK Swain. 2019. Archives into Art: Developing flexible student thinking using the Humument art technique. Chapter 20 in O Banner, N Carlin, and T Cole, (eds), Teaching Health Humanities. Oxford University Press.


Narrative learning and reflective writing have been shown to enhance physicians’ empathy, improve clinical interview skills, and help practitioners understand patients’ illness experiences. This chapter describes a global health humanities workshop that taught students to use an art technique (A Humument by Tom Phillips) to process materials from a sexual and reproductive health archive, culminating in reflective writing and public presentations. The workshop was developed through an interdisciplinary collaboration between a global health educator, a library archival curator and a poet. We describe the archival context, pedagogical goals, student learning, lessons learned and future plans for using this approach.