Health, Mental Health, and Literature The Boston College English Graduate Conference seeks abstracts for papers that consider the intersection between health, mental health, and literature. Considering recent interdisciplinary developments in the field of Medical Humanities, we are interested in exploring the ways in which literature and other creative arts have attempted to represent or otherwise understand health, which is so often analyzed from a clinical or scientific perspective. We seek papers that work to synthesize clinical approaches and literary approaches to the mind and body. What can be gained by merging literary and scientific analyses? Possible topics might include,… Read More
Use the Quicktime player above to view images along with the audio. If you don’t have Quicktime, you can listen to the audio-only version below. In this week’s episode, three speakers address mental health and comics. First up is An Nguyen with her paper, My Partner Has Depression: Japanese depictions of illness experiences in the day to day. An Nguyen is a Ph.D. candidate in sociocultural anthropology at the University of Western Ontario. She is currently finishing her dissertation on Japanese youth street fashion subcultures and has an interest in the global flow of media and things and their interpretation across cultures. Describing… Read More
Looking forward to the release of a new graphic novel from Ellen Forney. Interview with her in today’s Seattle Times.
Received this through the Literature & Medicine listserv: Call for Proposals FANTASTIC! HEROIC! DISABLED? “CRIPPING” THE COMIC CON April, 2013 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY DEADLINE for Proposals: January 11, 2013 Michael Bérubé tells us that “every representation of disability has the potential to shape the way ‘disability’ is understood in general culture, and some of those representations can in fact do extraordinary powerful—or harmful—cultural and political work” (1997, p. B4). This symposium will provide participants with the opportunity to engage in a broad array of reflective discussions about the representations of disability that exist “beneath… Read More
MK here – apologies for the break in podcast posting – delays not due to weather, but to false starts on two episodes. Will be back on track with a new episode in the next week.
A couple of months ago I heard a talk given by a comics artist who goes under the name of Una. One of her projects is a comic about dealing with psychosis in a relative, including being with them while they undergo the process of being detained under the mental health act. The series is in development and will be launched as a comic book at an exhibition in Leeds in February http://www.leeds-artexhibitions.co.uk Here is a sneak preview:
My comics work as Thom Ferrier has been featured in the latest edition of “Gesundheit braucht Politik” the newsletter of the Association of Democratic Doctors of Germany– a small group of critical doctors fighting against the economisation of the health system. You can download a pdf by clicking the image below See Thom Ferrier’s work online here
Use the Quicktime player above to view images along with the audio. If you don’t have Quicktime, you can listen to the audio-only version below. This panel, moderated by Brian Fies, focuses on comics and AIDS. The first speaker is Ariela Freedman. She is an Associate Professor at the Liberal Arts College, Concordia University, Montreal. She writes on modernism, First World War narrative, and comics. She is the author of Death, Men and Modernism (Routledge: 2003) and many scholarly articles, and is currently working on a project on comics and representations of pain. Her paper, Picturing AIDS, “examines early strategies of picturing AIDS… Read More
Use the Quicktime player above to view images along with the audio. If you don’t have Quicktime, you can listen to the audio-only version below. This week’s podcast is the keynote address Joyce Brabner gave on July 23 at the 2012 Comics & Medicine conference in Toronto. She opens by describing her talk as, “What happens to us when we tell these stories.” Brabner then talks about some experiences in writing reportage comics, primarily about young victims of war and other atrocities. She talks about collaboration with her husband Harvey Pekar, and she talks about her role as “character Joyce.”… Read More
Drawn by a junior doctor based in the UK who draws her patients, completing a drawing each day which she posts on her blog accompanied by a brief discussion of the case. The purpose of drawing them is to both reflect and raise awareness of interesting and though provoking cases. She is hoping to do a fine art masters part time along side further medical training in the next few years. VISIT DRAWING A DIAGNOSIS