WHO I AM:
WHAT I DO:
Consultant in Elderly Medicine, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals.
MY CONNECTION TO GRAPHIC MEDICINE:
Local coordinator or Chair of 2013 Comics and Medicine conference in Brighton
HOW I USE GRAPHIC MEDICINE IN MY WORK:
1. Superhero alter-ego helps me make sense of what I do
2. Teach medical students and other healthcare professionals to make sense of what they do using comics
PROJECTS I’M WORKING ON RIGHT NOW:
Attempting PhD research using comics to investigate identity of medical practitioners. For more on comics as methodology see:Al-Jawad M. Comics are Research: Graphic Narratives as a New Way of Seeing Clinical Practice. Journal of Medical Humantities. February 2013. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10912-013-9205-0
PROJECTS BY OTHERS I’M EXCITED ABOUT RIGHT NOW:
I was completely overwhelmed by the quality and diversity of abstracts submitted for the 2013 conference. There is so much good stuff going on at the moment, from artists to clinicians to academics to comics enthusiasts and lots of combinations of those- we hope to represent that at the conference and do the work justice.
I think what excites me about the concept of graphic medicine is that everyone learns something from it. It takes all of us out of our comfort zone. It gives a voice to those people that might be otherwise unheard. It allows us to say the unsayable. Both reader and creator learn through the process.
In terms of naming a specific thing, my screensaver at the moment is by Nick Wadley.
WHAT I’LL BE PRESENTING ON IN BRIGHTON:
What has medicine done to me? Using comics to explore how doctors accept and resist medical “regard” and the impact this has on humane practice
A FEW THINGS I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO AT THE 2013 BRIGHTON COMICS & MEDICINE CONFERENCE:
1. The general buzz/chat
2. The comics marketplace
3. Seeing the Brighton SSC-comics students present their work (Go Beth, Kuru, Bethany and Jaymi!)
4. Getting loads of ideas for my ongoing research work (thanks everyone, you’ll all be credited)