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.

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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.

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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.

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What Poppers Tell Us About Pharmaceutic Governance

Joseph Jay Sosa explores the consumer history of poppers in the United States and its impact on contemporary public health governance

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Mental Health Memoirs in the Indian Medical Humanities Classroom

Sree Lekshmi M S and Aratrika Das reflect on the value of incorporating mental health memoirs within the Indian medical humanities classroom.

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Massively Disabled 1: Welcome to Base Camp

In the first post of an ongoing monthly series on The Polyphony exploring podcasting practice in the medical humanities, Élaina Gauthier-Mamaril introduces “Massively Disabled: A Long COVID Research Podcast” and welcomes you behind the scenes and into the bunker…

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Colonialism as a Tool for Investigation in Healthcare

MedHums 101: The concept of colonialism can solve problems of intersectionality in medical humanities research, says Samuel Yosef.

Reading Bodies in European Literatures and Cultures

Katharine Murphy introduces her new project, “Reading Bodies”, and reflects on what languages and non-anglophone literature, particularly from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, have to offer the field.

New Reviews Editor

Welcome to Grace Brimacombe-Rand who joins The Polyphony as a Reviews Editor.

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A Call for Bedside Sociology in Cadaveric Dissection

Suhad Daher-Nashif narrates the ethnography of forensic medicine and calls for the inclusion of social science perspectives in cadaveric dissection

The Cultural Meanings of Insomnia

In the final post of the Sociability of Sleep series, Nived Dharmaraj reviews the Keynote given at Somnambulations 2- on insomnia and the contemporary 'sleep crisis'.

Somnambulations 2: Critical Approaches to Sleep 

In the third of our Sociability of Sleep series, contributors reflect on the instrumentalisation, quantification, and visualisation of sleep.

Exhibition Review: InSomnolence

In the second of the Sociability of Sleep (SoS) series, Matthew-Robin Nye provides an evocative tour of the InSomnolence exhibition and its sleepy spaces