Happy Spring! It’s the May episode of the Graphic Medicine Podcast. This month’s Graphic Medicine News recommendations by Matthew Noe: Rock Steady by Ellen Forney Everything is Going Wrong: Comics on Punk & Mental Illness Kickstarter And featuring an interview with Jenell Johnson, editor of the latest book in Penn State’s Graphic Medicine book series, Graphic Reproduction .
We had an email from David Hering who is running a project at the University of Liverpool called Illustrating Futures, which looks at comics and young persons’ mental health, in association with the Lottery/Children in Need funded social enterprise Comics Youth and in a semi-partnership with Tate Liverpool, where they have held two residencies (and looking at a third in October). David tells us that some funded PhD posts and a post-doc fellowship have just been advertised at Liverpool and they would welcome applications from people who would like to research in the field of comics and mental health. The… Read More
There is a small prayer that an EMS provider says whenever he is dispatched out to a particularly frightening call. “It’s probably bullshit.” It’s said with an expression of annoyance but is usually uttered to cover up a deeper feeling of unease. “Paramedic twelve, please respond to unconscious infant,” “Please respond to difficulty breathing, inhaler not working,” “Please respond to actively seizing toddler.” “Please respond to motor vehicle crash with unresponsive individual in driver’s seat.” Hearing all these calls it is easy for the new medic to feel panic. Even the older medics hate responding to the “shitstorms” or the… Read More
From a blog post by Ernesto Priego: A public lecture, exploring how comics and taking an artistic approach can bring benefits to dementia care, will be held at the University of Chester. Tickets are free, but need to be booked in advance. To reserve a place, visit https://parablesofcare.eventbrite.co.uk Held as part of the University’s 2018 Research Festival 2018, Dr Simon Grennan will describe the making of the 2017 comic book Parables of Care, which presents a creative response to dementia care, as told by carers themselves. The lecture will take place on Thursday, April 12, from 6.30pm to 7.30pm in room… Read More
Philosophers have considered the relation between madness and literature since Plato’s Phaedrus. Mental illness has been a favorite topic for great authors throughout literary history just as psychologists and psychiatrists like Sigmund Freud and Karl Jaspers have been interested in and influenced by literature. Pioneers within philosophy, psychiatry and the world of art share the endeavor to explore and explain the human mind and behavior, including what a society deems as being outside perceived normality. This conference seeks to explore intersections between literature and mental health issues. Possible paper topics include, but are not limited to, the following: Representations of… Read More
From Sara Wasson, Translating Chronic Pain: Creative Manifesto (2017), http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/translating-pain Emerging from the Creative Manifesto, I invite submissions of ‘FLASH’ ILLNESS WRITING, short-form creative work – which expresses a moment or fragment of experience of persistent pain; – which takes either the perspective of a person experiencing the pain or the perspective of a witness (carer or healthcare professional); – which captures any dimension of experience – physical, emotional, social, economic, institutional, medical, spiritual, or creative; – which communicates in any emotional register, positive or negative; – and which can be shared and used by others to try and communicate the vivid, contradictory, and diverse realities of… Read More
From Paul Williams Senior Lecturer in Twentieth-Century Literature University of Exeter This may be of interest to anyone with MA students working on graphic medicine topics who are looking to move into doctoral research: The Department of English and Film, University of Exeter, is pleased to announce the availability of a fully-funded three-year doctoral studentship (starting in September 2018), to work on ‘Waiting Times’. The studentship will be based in the English Department and in Exeter’s new Wellcome Trust Centre for the Cultures and Environments of Health. The research will be supervised by Prof Laura Salisbury. For more details, see:… Read More
New podcast episode! 2017 Seattle conference keynote Hillary Chute discusses comics in the area of illness and disability. Her talk was titled, “Comics and Psychic States: Access, Interiority, Circulation” and she is introduced by Susan Squier. This talk is based on a chapter of her new book Why Comics? From Underground to Everywhere. This episode is also available in the iTunes feed if you want to listen and take a walk, which is always encouraged. In the intro to the episode I mention an amazing conference Hillary organized here in Chicago. You can learn more about it at this link and… Read More
Our Graphic Medicine YouTube playlist now has over 50 videos. Episodes of The Graphic Medicine Podcast are frequently posted as videos so images from talks can be seen. You can see a list of all videos in the playlist here. More very special content surprises are to come in the new year. If you don’t want to miss out, subscribe to our playlist to get email alerts when new videos are added.
Annual Conference of the German Studies Association September 27-30, 2018 Pittsburgh, PA CFP: The German Graphic Novel III: German Graphic Medicine: The Representation of Illness and Disability in German Comics In MK Czerweic’s introduction to the Graphic Medicine Manifesto (2015), she writes that comics about illness and disability disrupt the balance of power: “we believe those best positioned to represent illness and caregiving are those living with it.” Graphic pathographies – or pathographics – offer the individual stories of patients, family members, and health care professionals, giving voice to those living with illness, chronic disease, and disability in a way… Read More