Making Space for the Patient’s Voice: notes from a creative writing workshop (part 2)

Gillian Shirreffs writes: In early November 2020, Jane Hartshorn and I hosted a workshop as part of the Thinking Through Things: Object Encounters in the Medical Humanities project.

Making Space for the Patient’s Voice: notes from a creative writing workshop (part 1)

Jane Hartshorn writes: In November 2020, I facilitated a creative writing workshop as part of Thinking Through Things: Object Encounters in the Medical Humanities.

Race, Public Health, and Drug Control in the American Philippines

Eva Ward discusses the contradictions and assumptions behind America’s ‘war on drugs’ in the Philippines.

The Emotional Epidemiology of Music Analysis

Epidemiology is a hot topic in the COVID-19 era. Institutions like the World Health Organization, the U.S. Center for Disease Control, and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, the loci of epidemiological

Following Breathing

Artist Lucy Sabin reflects on making art about breath in 2020. Breathworks began as a participatory arts project on social media, expanding to become an exhibit and events programme supported by Art Fund and

Masks and Monsters: 2020 in Review

What a year. In early 2020 the world went into a lockdown from which it has yet to fully emerge; The Polyphony was at the forefront of the medical humanities’ response to the coronavirus crisis as it unfolded, and unsurprisingly, our top five most-read posts of this year directly addressed the pandemic.

Shouting Above the Noise: Autistic Life Writing and the Interdisciplinary Autism Research Festival

In this post, Anna Stenning demonstrates how life writing by autistic authors contributes to medical and cultural framings of autism. She also introduces the Interdisciplinary Autism Research Festival, which will take place in May 2021.

Postapocalyptic Peoples? Covid-19, Public Health, and Native Americans

In this post, Anna Kemball reflects on the framing of Native Americans as ‘postapocalyptic’ people in the context of Coronavirus. She discusses the missing public health data on Native American rates of Covid-19 amidst

Black Health and the Humanities

Amber Lascelles, Research Associate for the Black Health and the Humanities project, reflects on the motivations behind the project, the marginalisation of Black health research in the UK, and what the humanities have to

Writing the Sleep Crisis

In this post Diletta de Cristofaro introduces her Wellcome Trust project ‘Writing the Sleep Crisis’ and discusses sleep deprivation and speculative fiction that imagines the future end of sleep. A pamphlet with the slogan

Dreams as Documentaries: Factual Truth, Reverie Verité and the ‘Archival Self’

This post by Marco Bernini is the final in a one-week takeover (Nov 30 – Dec 5 2020) of The Polyphony by Threshold Worlds, an interdisciplinary project exploring the nexus between dreams, narrative and liminal cognition.

Strolling in a Peach Orchard

This post by Sowon Park is the fifth in a one-week takeover (Nov 30 – Dec 5 2020) of The Polyphony by Threshold Worlds, an interdisciplinary project exploring the nexus between dreams, narrative and liminal cognition.

On dreaming and narrative sensemaking

This post by Richard Walsh is the fourth in a one-week takeover (Nov 30 – Dec 5 2020) of The Polyphony by Threshold Worlds, an interdisciplinary project exploring the nexus between dreams, narrative and liminal cognition.

A Spiritual State of Mind?

This post by Adam J Powell is the third in a one-week takeover (Nov 30 – Dec 5 2020) of The Polyphony by Threshold Worlds, an interdisciplinary project exploring the nexus between dreams, narrative and liminal

Sleep-singing

This post, a creative reflection by Lucie Treacher, is the second in a one-week takeover (Nov 30 – Dec 5 2020) of The Polyphony by Threshold Worlds, an interdisciplinary project exploring the nexus between

Threshold Worlds: A New Interdisciplinary Project on Dreams

This post by Marco Bernini and Ben Alderson-Day is the first in a one-week takeover (Nov 30 – Dec 5 2020) of The Polyphony by Threshold Worlds, an interdisciplinary project exploring the nexus between

‘How much philosophical hay can be made with an empirical scythe?’ A review of Ruth Leys’ The Ascent of Affect

How should thinkers across the disciplines conceptualise emotional life? What role do theories and histories of affect play in how we conceptualise cultural analysis, or in how we think about aesthetics? Birgit Breidenbach reviews Ruth

Making Space for Self-Harm

Introducing the make space project, a user-led initiative dedicate to thinking more critically and care-fully about self-harm. Make space is a user-led initiative creating spaces for more courageous, nuanced, and generous conversations about self-harm.

Private Islands in COVID-19

Lottie Hughes reflects on the public, the private – and Kim Kardashian – during the COVID-19 pandemic

‘Look Out for Changes in Behaviour’: Encephalitis Lethargica and COVID-19

Kate McAllister reflects on parallels between COVID-19 and the early twentieth century epidemic of Encephalitis Lethargica.

Casual Sex on Campus: A History

Kristin Hay discusses the moral panic around student populations after increased access to the contraceptive pill

Medical humanities as a place for feminist and queer resistance, emancipation and joy

Rebecca Rosenberg and Benjamin Dalton report on the “Contemporary Women’s Writing and the Medical Humanities Seminar Series, 2020-21” How does contemporary women’s writing—in all of its diverse forms across fiction, poetry, non-fiction, (auto)biography, philosophy,

Snow

Laura Grace Simpkins discusses visual disturbances and the metaphors we use to describe them.

Listening to the Silence: On Reading Blu’s Hanging During a Pandemic

Reading Lois-Ann Yamanaka’s novel Blu’s Hanging during lockdown, Julia Brown considers the significance of silence during a pandemic.

Incubator imaginaries

For Anne Whitehead, the NICU incubator raises questions of precarity and resilience, and illuminates care as a layered series of interactions involving human and non-human agency.