Dr Dieter Declercq reflects on the ‘Comedy and Mental Health: Future Directions’ conference, University of Kent, May 1st 2019. Does comedy, from stand-up to sitcoms, offer interesting insights into experiences of mental health? Could
In the mid and late nineteenth-century, birthmarks and fingerprints were, in legal and cultural realms, regarded as possible solutions to problems of individual and racial identification. The strong (Western) desire – driven by fantasy,
Elena Carter and Anthony Day, archivists at Wellcome Collection, give a candid account of their work cataloguing the ‘profoundly personal’ archive of artist and mental health survivor Audrey Amiss. As archivists, we spend our
This post is a commentary by Maria Giulia Marini on Heart- and Soul-Like Constructs across Languages, Cultures, and Epochs (New York and London: Routledge, 2019) edited by Bert Peeters. Narrative medicine, a discipline of
In this post, artist and illustrator Nina Eide Holtan and poet and writer Marte Huke reflect on their experiences creating and curating an exhibition on anxiety disorders with a multi-disciplinary team. At Curating Health:
The Death and Performance Symposium at Sick! Theatre Festival, University of Salford Being seen ‘Death’, Steve Eastwood suggests, ‘is the final representational taboo.’ He is talking about his film Island, a documentary which he
Our final post responding to The Recovery Narrative: Politics and Possibilities of a Genre is a poem by Caroline Yeo. The story teller in the hospital walls, screaming, crying streams consciousness, incoherent, incomprehensible and
In our third post responding to The Recovery Narrative: Politics and Possibilities of a Genre, Neely Myers affirms the value of recovery narratives and writes about the importance of autobiographical power to healing. “Do
In this second post responding to The Recovery Narrative: Politics and Possibilities of a Genre, Michael Flexer discusses the capitalist content and form of recovery narratives. We live in a golden age of recovery.
This week we will be posting a series of responses to Angela Woods‘, Akiko Hart‘s and Helen Spandler‘s article The Recovery Narrative: Politics and Possibilities of a Genre. The responses take different stances towards
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