April 16 was National Health Care Decisions Day, an initiative of The Conversation Project, which works in collaboration with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. The intent of the day is to ” inspire, educate, and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning.” In at least two events in the U.S., comics had an important role in getting people talking about their advanced care plans. In Chicago, Life Matters Media (wonderful backstory on their beginnings here) sponsored four projects asking participants and passers-by “What does living well mean to you?” In the first, Alex Thomas, Gary Ashwal, and… Read More
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 .
The 1st International Conference on Medical Humanities in the Middle East at Weill Cornell Medicine in Qatar invites proposals for oral presentations and posters on the topics of narrative medicine, medical sociology, philosophy of medicine, art and medicine, expressive arts therapies, medical ethics and narrative ethics, graphic medicine, literature and medicine, history of medicine and other humanistic initiatives in medicine occurring in the Middle East and North Africa region. Keynote speakers: Arthur W. Frank and Mohammed Ghaly. Selected papers will be invited to an edited volume. Contact: Professor Alan S. Weber, firstname.lastname@example.org URL: http://qatar-weill.cornell.edu/event/mhm
Uniting Two Perspectives on Mental Illness: Philosophy and Linguistics University of Essex, 13-14 September 2018 Mental illness has long been of interest to researchers in the humanities, including philosophy, linguistics, sociology, history and politics. In a domain where psychologists and psychiatrists have focused on identifying interventions and developing explanatory models, scholars in the humanities have preferred to explore broad conceptual and cultural questions. For instance: Where do notions like “mental health” and “mental illness” come from? What can we learn from their history? How do specific diagnostic categories emerge? How does psychiatric language shape the way we think about ourselves… 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
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
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
Charo Sabariegos professor at Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha got in touch to tell us that the the school of medicine in Albacete, Spain, has put together a collection of graphic pathographies. They intend to make known the usefulness of comics to both teachers and students by holding an exhibition, Le Medicina en el Cómic from December until the end of February. The exhibition is divided into six major themes: The interview with the doctor. Medical tests Feelings The great round of doctors (in honour of David B.) Waiting rooms. What is it? Extracts from comics are shown in each of the… Read More