The Medical Humanities in Australia: Symposium Review

Paige Donaghy reports from the symposium ‘Looking at Bodies, Sex and Gender in the Health and Medical Humanities’ (Australian National University, Australia). From the 5th to 6th June, 2024, researchers

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Painting Schizophrenia: Bryan Charnley’s Bondage Heads

Lorna Sankey muses on the paintings of artist Bryan Charnley, recounting her responses and reflections to the pieces.

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Massively Disabled 5: Making Illness

In the fifth post of an ongoing monthly series exploring podcasting practice and the medical humanities, Élaina Gauthier-Mamaril reflects on the playful epistemic practices of disability knowledge-making that lie beyond the “happily ever after” of mainstream promises of inclusion.

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Sauntering as a form of walking for wellbeing

In this hybrid essay artist and researcher Sarah Scaife reflects on sauntering, the etymology of the word and its possibilities for wellbeing.

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Knowing Pain: Book Review

Fran Cettl reviews Knowing Pain: A History of Sensation, Emotion and Experience by Rob Boddice (Polity, 2023), bringing his text into dialogue with the medical humanities’ exploration of pain.

Every Pill I Took

Prompted by Michael Lorenzini's Every Pill I Took (2022), Peder Clark explores the materiality of Ecstasy pills, thinking about the possible meanings behind- and consequences of- their brash branding.

Photofantasy: A Curatorial Essay

Lizzie Merrill discusses the curatorial thoughts and processes that led to her exhibition at Four Corners Gallery, London.

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Massively Disabled 4: Knowledges of Care

In the fourth post of an ongoing monthly series exploring podcasting practice and the medical humanities, Élaina Gauthier-Mamaril reflects on epistemologies of care and the role of disabled knowledge-brokers in managing technocratic responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Keystone Mutualists: German Studies X Medical Humanities – A Drama in Three Acts (Part II)

An artistic intervention, precarious and provocative, in the multilingual medical humanities, which makes a case for how German studies and medical humanities keep each other alive by acting it out.

Unruly Affect: Disciplinary Technologies of the Self in Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder

Lynsay Hodges explores how a current intervention for Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) seeks to regulate what they term, the 'unruly affect'.

Narrating Anxiety through Lovecraftian Horror

Büke Sağlam takes us through the weird and wonderful world of Lovecraft's writings, exploring the link between his work, his anxieties, and posthumanist thinking.

Keystone Mutualists: German Studies X Medical Humanities – A Drama in Three Acts (Part I)

An artistic intervention, precarious and provocative, in the multilingual medical humanities, which makes a case for how German studies and medical humanities keep each other alive by acting it out.

Blackouts: Book Review

Peter Endicott reviews Blackouts by Justin Torres (Granta, 2023) and reflects on the text’s place in queer histories and re-readings of HIV/AIDS.