PathoGraphics research team at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany announces this upcoming conference and call for papers: Stories of Illness / Disability in Literature and Comics. Intersections of the Medical, the Personal, and the Cultural October 27-28, 2017 in Berlin, Germany Keynote speaker: Leigh Gilmore (Wellesley College), Author of The Limits of Autobiography: Trauma and Testimony (2001) and Tainted Witness: Why we doubt what women say about their lives (2017) This two-day academic conference examines the ways in which knowledge and experience of illness and disability circulate within the realms of medicine, art, the personal and the cultural. We invite papers that… Read More
A computer science undergraduate student from London is conducting an online survey for a graphic medicine project they are working on. It is quick and easy. Please be generous and help them out by responding to the questions. https://goo.gl/prG692 “I am a Business Computing undergraduate student currently conducting my final year individual project. I am designing and building an online searchable database of mental health and general health-related comic books and comics-related resources (‘graphic medicine’). We are asking for your help to participate in a brief online survey which seeks to gather feedback from comics scholars that may help us understand… Read More
CALL FOR PAPERS ‘Documenting Trauma: Comics and the Politics of Memory’ Confirmed Speakers: Nicola Streeten, Hillary Chute A Symposium hosted by the TORCH Network, ‘Comics and Graphic Novels: The Politics of Form’ Thursday 22nd June 2017, TORCH, University of Oxford In the graphic novel Waltz with Bashir (2009), adapted from Ari Folman and David Polonsky’s 2008 animated film, the traumatised protagonist attempts to come to terms with his personal experience of the massacres at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps during the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in the 1980s. In so doing, he seeks help from a psychologist, who informs him that ‘Memory… Read More
Tyler Page is the creator of Raised on Ritalin: A Personal Story of ADHD, Medication, and Modern Psychiatry. In this new episode of the Graphic Medicine Podcast, MK talks with Tyler about creating and self-publishing this terrific book. You can subscribe to this podcast in iTunes. While you’re there, a review would be greatly appreciated! Support for this podcast comes from Penn State College of Medicine, Department of Humanities, the nation’s oldest Humanities Department within a medical school, pioneers of innovations in medical education since 1967. To learn more about Penn State College of Medicine Department of Humanities, go to www2.med.psu.edu/humanities.
REMINDER: Monday, January 30 at midnight PST is the abstract submission deadline for the 2017 Comics & Medicine conference. The conference theme is Access Points. Read conference lead organizer Mita Mahato’s discussion of the theme here. Proposals should be submitted to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Format and details available here.
MK’s quick Q&A with Seattle conference lead organizer Mita Mahato. Mita is a cut paper and comics artist as well as an associate professor of English at the University of Puget Sound. She serves on the board of directors for Short Run Seattle and is a teaching artist with local organizations like the Henry Art Gallery and SIFF. This spring, she will be Artist in Residence at the School of Medicine at UC Riverside. She began attending the Comics and Medicine conferences in 2011 and has been on the conference steering committee since 2015. MK: Tell us about the conference theme… Read More
We are thrilled to introduce our 2017 conference art by Seattle-based artist E.T. Russian! E.T. is a multi-sensory artist, author, filmmaker, performer, educator and healthcare provider. We think they did an incredible job of representing this year’s theme and can’t wait to see the image on the conference swag.
A Spanish hospital uses 1940s/50s “vintage” comic style posters to raise awareness re the correct use of antibiotics. guest post by E-M Lammas Antibiotic resistance is a real and pressing public health challenge. An awareness raising campaign in a Spanish hospital aimed to address some of the factors contributing to resistance development by highlighting the need for prudent use of antibiotics in order to preserve the effectiveness of antimicrobial drugs; reminding staff that everyone has a role to play . The campaign at the University Hospital, La Paz in the Spanish capital Madrid will, now, thanks to the Spanish Medicines… Read More
2017 Comics & Medicine Conference Seattle Public Library Central Branch ACCESS POINTS June 15th – 17th, 2017 Confirmed Keynote Speakers • Rupert Kinnard created the first LGBTQ-identified African American comic strip characters in his groundbreaking series Cathartic Comics. His comics work—including his much anticipated memoir-in-progress LifeCapsule Project—spans all facets of his personal identity, from race, gender, and sexuality to classism, ageism, and disability. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Arts Foundation in 2013. • Georgia Webber is a comics artist, craniosacral therapist, meditation facilitator, and radio producer living in the cities of Hamilton and Toronto, Ontario. Her most notable comics… Read More
Jonathan Clode, comics writer and former care manager, tells us about leaving his day job to focus on building a new website, dedicated to stories about the British care system. “Anyone working in comics will know that making a living out of it is hard, and that most of us will need a day job to keep the lights on. For me that job was learning disability support services in Cardiff. It was the best job I could ever hope for and genuinely inspired me. Over time I became a manager, with hopes of making lives better and helping people who had spent… Read More