Comics Put to Practise: illness narratives as tools of empowerment in the medical sphere | a two-day workshop
Reading literary fiction and patients’ stories may enable doctors and other health professionals to better understand their patients, question their own cultural assumptions and critically reflect on ethical issues in the field of medicine. However, the embodied experience of illness, pain, therapy, disability, or care can also – perhaps even more proficiently – be conveyed visually. This is where the comics medium, particularly the genre of ‘graphic medicine’ comes into play. What happens when doctors, patients, and medical staff work with comics, with their increased capacity of presenting multiple layers of meaning and therefore potential ambiguity through both text and images?
October 17-18, 2019
Venue: Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies
room JK 33/121, Freie Universität Berlin
Habelschwerdter Allee 45, 14195 Berlin-Dahlem
Additional info here.
Sick! exhibition on show in Austria
"SICK! Reclaiming illness through comics / Kranksein im Comic" will be on display at the Medical University of Vienna in conjunction with the exhibition Impression - Expression - Interaction | Opening: October 12, 2019.
Presentation by Prof. Irmela Krüger Fuhrhoff
Krankheitserzählungen im Comic: Ästhetische und gesellschaftspolitische Aspekte der "Graphic Medicine" | Wien, AT: International Conference "Medical Humanities: Interaction between Medicine and the Art". October 2019.
Now online (as download)
Annotated bibliography of German-language comics dealing with themes of illness and disability
(collected by Alexandra Hummel)