Sculpting Anxious Bodies

How is the relationship between private illness and public spectacle negotiated within the context of contemporary art? Poet Alice Hill Woods and artist Emelia Kerr Beale explore how fine art practices can reshape our engagement with, and understanding of, mental health issues.

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Epidemic Encephalitis in the Archive

Kate McAlly discusses her historical approach to a collection of letters written in the 1930s by a patient to her doctor about her chronic illness, epidemic encephalitis. Thinking through how to ethically engage with this material, Mcally analyses the concepts of experience, encounter, exclusion and emotion, and their roles in archival research.   

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Why Nightingale?

Why Nightingale? Ashleigh Blackwood, Leverhulme Research Fellow in English Literature at Northumbria University, suggests that women's medical history might help us understand the inequalities revealed by the current health crisis. 

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On Plague and Pregnancy: Sara Read discusses her debut novel ‘The Gossips’ Choice’

In this post, associate editor Katrina Longhurst asks Sara Read about her debut novel, The Gossips’ Choice, and her experiences of writing fiction based on her research of Early Modern reproductive health.

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