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AAG 2020 Call for Papers: Contesting marginalization: (carto)graphic representations of mental health
Ebru Ustundag, Brock University, Canada
Laurence Simard-Gagnon, York University, Canada
Beverley Mullings, Queen’s University, Canada
Linda Peake, York University, Canada
Scholars have recently begun exploring the benefits of creative mediums to understand the complexities of health care and health inequities (Williams, 2012; Vaccarella, 2013; Quesenberry and Squier, 2015; de Leeuw and Hawkins, 2017; de Leeuw et al., 2018). Recent scholarship in geohumanities and health geographies has argued for the necessity of the incorporation of visual ontologies and epistemologies to expand our understandings of health and to contest pathologized understandings of “illness” (Donovan 2015; Donovan and Ustundag 2017). Recent autobiographical graphic novels by female artists like Rachel Lindsay (Rx), Ellen Forney (Marbles), Katie Green (Lighter Than My Shadow) offer novel representations of complex and nuanced understanding of mental health. By utilizing comics’ multimodal form, these artists disturb, question and contest grand illness narratives. By taking control of their illness representations, these graphic memoirs offer a new way of understanding of hard to express sensations and experiences of mental health in relation to broader social and political power structures.
In this session we aim to expand the discussions on geographies of mental health into this visual realm. Some of the questions to consider include:
How can we graphically capture and represent individual and marginalized experiences, in ways that links these experiences to broader systems of health care and health equities?
In what ways can these interventions help us to understand hard to express realities and sensations?
In what ways can these interventions question broader discourses of medicalization and medicalized subjectivities?
How can these interventions contribute to expanding our understanding of cartography as storytelling practice? More particularly, how can they help us invent new ways of mapping mental health through various dimensions and scales (bodies, homes, neighbourhoods, cities, institutions, etc.)?
Please e-mail an abstract of 250 words to Ebru Ustundag (firstname.lastname@example.org) by October 21st, 2019. We will notify you of your acceptance in the session by October 25th, 2019. You must submit your abstract to the AAG by October 30th, 2019.
de Leeuw, S., & Hawkins, H. (2017). Critical geographies and geography’s creative re/turn: poetics and practices for new disciplinary spaces. Gender, Place & Culture, 24(3), 303- 324.
de Leeuw, S., Donovan, C., Schafenacker, N., Kearns, R., Neuwelt, P., Merill Squier, S…Anderson, J. (2018). Geographies of medical and health humanities: A cross-disciplinary conversation. GeoHumanities, 4(2), 285-334.
Donovan, C. (2014). Representations of health, embodiment, and experience in graphic memoir. Configurations, 22(2), 237-253.
Donovan, C., & Ustundag, E. (2017). Graphic narratives, trauma and social justice. Studies in Social Justice, 11(2), 221-237.
Quesenberry, K., & Squier, S.M. (2016). Life writing and graphic narratives. Life Writing, 13(1), 63-85.
Vaccarella, M. (2013). Exploring graphic pathographies in the medical humanities. Medical Humanities, 39, 70-71.
Williams, I.C.M. (2012). Graphic medicine: Comics as medical narrative. Medical Humanities, 38, 21-27.