Mapping the Medical Legacies of British Colonialism

Reflecting on her recent fellowship at Art HX, researcher Shelley Angelie Saggar traces how objects and photographs recall the medical legacies of British colonialism, as well as her own family history.  

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Nature’s Medicine: Could Green Prescribing Shape the Future of our Health?

Shauna Walker contextualises the UK government's recent investment in 'green social prescribing.'

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From Menstruation to the Menopause: Book Review

Jemma Walton reviews From Menstruation to the Menopause: The Female Fertility Cycle in Contemporary Women’s Writing in French, by Maria Kathryn Tomlinson (Liverpool University Press, 2021).

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Sensitive Subjects Pt. 2: Creative Practice and Ethics in Times of Loss

Olivia Turner reflects on the Sensitive Subjects: Creative Practice and Ethics workshop she organised at Newcastle University, turning to issues around bereavement and grief.

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A Year in Review 2022

Editor in Chief Chase Ledin takes a look at The Polyphony activities from 2022 Here at The Polyphony, we have had an incredible publication year in 2022. First, we published a wide range of

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‘Medical Education, Politics & Social Justice’: A Review

Harriet Cooper reviews Medical Education, Politics and Social Justice by Alan Bleakley (Routledge, 2021). Alan Bleakley’s latest book Medical Education, Politics and Social Justice (Routledge, 2021) presents a new vision for what medical education

Dementia Narratives in Contemporary German-Language Novels

How does literature question dementia as a category of difference? Monika Leipelt-Tsai explores narratives about dementing diseases in contemporary German-Language literary texts and argues that dementia narratives can disrupt the current order of knowledge

A collage image of a garden. It features the cutout word 'Now', the phases of the moon, images of shells and a clock face, two framed pictures of botanical drawings, a plant pot with a flowering plant in it, a bird in a tree and drawings of root vegetables. The background is several different natural landscapes.

In the Zine House: The Garden

Zines that connect to plants, the environment and nature often distribute knowledges with long histories as well as offering new ways of relating to the future, says Lea Cooper.

A simple diagram of a narrative arc for a chronic illness story as it might traditionally be drawn. Tracing a black arch shape from left to right, it begins with 'inciting incident' as 'Onset of illness?' or 'Flare up?', moves into 'Rising Tension' followed by 'Climax' at the top of the arch and ends with 'Resolution' as 'Diagnosis? Cure? Death? Acceptance?'

Refusing Resolution? Exploring Unresolveable Illness and Story Endings

Char Heather explains why chronic illness stories can productively trouble standard ideas about narrative arc and resolution.

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On Zadie Smith’s Fat Resistance

Sara Fogarty Olmos re-reads Zadie Smith’s On Beauty (2005) and articulates the politics of fat resistance and the black female body. Fat has been neglected in literary discussion. While works of literature like William

A Surgeon’s Miscarriage

Surgeon Carmen Fong reflects on her experience of miscarriage while working in a demanding and male-dominated profession 

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Critical Mental Health and the Allure of Orientalism

Akiko Hart, Tehseen Noorani and Mary Sadid point to orientalism in critical mental health discourses and practices, and invite contributions that help us trace, resist and overturn these problematic tendencies across mental healthcare, wellbeing

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What We Say About AIDS

This World AIDS Day, Paul Attinello explores perspectives on how we think and talk about HIV/AIDS, and his own thinking over the last four decades. 1 December has been World AIDS Day since 1989.