30 Oct. 2023–29 Feb. 2024

The Healing Arts

Encounters in Arts and Medicine

Lecture series, English, 2 SWS, 2 ECTS
Monday, 18-20 h biweekly, Hardenbergstraße 33, Room 158

Event website

Over the last two decades, research into the effects of the arts on health and well-being has substantially increased. According to recent reports by the World Health Organization, the arts play a crucial role in preventing ill health, promoting health, and managing and treating illness throughout one's life. Engaging in artistic and creative practices such as singing, making music, dancing, or enjoying art passively, such as visiting museums or concerts, can genuinely enhance health and well-being.

In light of these findings, Prof. Lukas Feireiss has organized a series of discursive encounters at Berlin University of the Arts in collaboration with the International Society for Arts and Medicine and the Network Arts and Medicine at the Charité. The purpose of the series is to bring together practitioners and researchers from the worlds of art and medicine and to further the positive impact of the arts. The series aims to acknowledge and act upon the growing evidence base, promote arts engagement at the individual, local, and national levels, and support cross-sectoral collaboration.

The lecture series explores various questions across different disciplines and cultures. These include questions such as: What exactly are healing arts, and what is the definition of healing? How do we understand health and illness, and what is deemed in need of treatment? How are these questions evaluated and examined in medicine and art? And what is the evidence on the effectiveness of the arts in improving health and well-being?

The Healing Arts series aims to break down barriers and create alliances between different fields of study. It is open to everyone, including students from arts, medicine, science, and other disciplines, who are welcome to participate in discussions and learn together across universities.


30. Oct. 2023

Prof. Lukas Feireiss (UdK Berlin)

13. Nov. 2023

Prof. Dr. med. Stefan Willich (Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin) & Ayumi Paul

27. Nov. 2023

Prof. Dr. med. Benno Brinkhaus (Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin) & Dr. Edna Bonhomme

11. Dec. 2023

Prof. Dr. med. Mazda Adli (Fliedner Klinik Berlin/ Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin) & Paulina Schulz aka Dj Gigola

08. Jan. 2024

Prof. Dr. med. Anne Berghöfer (Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin) & Prem Krishnamurty

22. Jan. 2024

Priv.-Doz. Dr. med. Friedemann Schad (Gemeinschaftskrankenhaus Havelhöhe) & Prof. Dr. Susanne Bauer (UdK Berlin)

05. Feb. 2024

Dr. med. M.A. Adak Pirmorady-Sehouli (Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin) & Prof. Dr. Natasha A. Kelly (UdK Berlin)



The International Society for Arts and Medicine (ISfAM) was established in 2023 with the primary aim to highlight the important connection of arts and medicine.

Our mission is to create a forum and hub for scientists, medical doctors, artists, therapists, as well as any individuals, organizations, and supporters working or interested in the field of arts and medicine. Our shared interest is improving and sustaining health through the arts including visual arts, music, dance, other performing arts, literature, and architecture.

The International Society for Arts and Medicine (ISfAM) will foster growth, cooperation, education, policy advice, and visibility of the field.

Board of the Society


We encourage you to join the International Society for Arts and Medicine as a member and together we will foster growth, cooperation, education, policy advice, and visibility of the the important connection of arts and medicine.

Be a part of a growing community of experts who share your vision and enhance your opportunities to contribute to the growing field of research in integration of arts and medicine by participating in special interest groups.

Receive discounted prices to attend national and international conferences of ISfAM.

All natural and legal persons whose professional activities are compatible with the objectives of ISfAM may become full members of the society. In addition, legal entities active in this field, whose professional activity is compatible with the objectives of ISfAM can become full members including national societies of arts and medicine. Due to the international character of the ISfAM, its members are active in many countries.
Membership costs will be 100 €/year for full natural members, 25 €/year for student members.

Please join us: members@isfam.org


International Society for Arts and Medicine (ISfAM) e.V.
c/o Institute of Social Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Economics
Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Luisenstraße 57, 10117 Berlin, Germany

The International Society for Arts and Medicine is a registered non-profit association (VR 40124 B, Charlottenburg Local Court)

Editor: Anne Berghöfer
Website: Matthias Hübner
Illustrations: Malen Pazos