WiGS member Nina Schmidt (Freie Universität Berlin) has recently taken up a postdoctoral position as researcher for Patho/Graphics, a Schlegel Graduate School project headed by Prof. Dr. Irmela Krüger-Fürhoff and funded by the Einstein Foundation. The three-year project examines the aesthetics and politics of illness narratives in English and German-language contemporary comics and literature. You can find out more about the scope of the project by watching the trailer below, filmed this summer, in which the team explain their interests. For all those of you who are in Berlin Thursday October 13, there is also a public lecture delivered by Professor G. Thomas Couser at the Freie Universität at 6 pm.
Invitation: Public Lecture in English
Professor G. Thomas Couser (New York)
Ethics, Politics, and the Visual Representation of Disability
Thursday, October 13, 2016, 6pm
Room L 115 (seminar theatre across from the cafeteria)
Freie Universität Berlin, Habelschwerdter Allee 45, 14195, Berlin
Thomas Couser, Professor emeritus of English and founding director of the disability studies program at Hofstra University (USA) is internationally renowned for his research in the areas of life writing and disability. He is known within American literature and cultural studies circles specifically for his books Recovering Bodies: Illness, Disability, and Life Writing (1997), Vulnerable Subjects: Ethics and Life Writing (2004), Signifying Bodies: Disability in Contemporary Life Writing (2009) and Memoir: An Introduction (2010).
In his lecture at Freie Universität, Thomas Couser will speak about his work to date on literary pathographies as compared to visual/textual narratives of illness and disability in comics and graphic novels. What significance do the respective genres have for authors and their readers? What are the ethical, political and aesthetic concerns in narratives of illness and disability in both literary and graphic form?
The lecture will be followed by a discussion between Thomas Couser and MK Czerwiec (Chicago), American comic artist, nurse, and co-founder of the online platform Graphic Medicine (http://www.graphicmedicine.org), as well as author of the Graphic Novel Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371.
Lecture and discussion are open to the public: all those interested are warmly welcome to attend. Reception to follow.
Organization: PathoGraphics research project
Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies, Freie Universität Berlin
Einstein Foundation Berlin,
Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies,
Freie Universität Berlin