Past Event

The Medical Humanities: Attentions to the Body

April 27, 2017
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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717 Hamilton, Columbia University, 1130 Amsterdam Avenue, New York

A panel with Rachel Adams, Branka Arsic, Danya Glabau, Rishi Goyal, and Cristobal Silva.

Rachel Adams specializes in 19th- and 20th-century literatures of the United States and the Americas and uses approaches from media studies, theories of race, gender, and sexuality, food studies, medical humanities and disability studies.

Branka Arsic studies 19th century American literature (especially Emerson, Thoreau, Dickinson, and Melville) and the history of American life sciences. Her new book discusses Thoreau’s morning practices in relation to biological life and pathology.

Danya Glabau is a Core Faculty member at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research in New York City. Her work in STS and medical anthropology examines patient activism in the 21st century, the gendering of care work, the sociality of technologies, and the political economy of the pharmaceutical industry. Her current book project, Reproducing Safety: Food Allergy Advocacy and the Politics of Care, examines food allergy activism and its relationship to gendered care work, entrepreneurship, and the global pharmaceutical economy. She holds a BA in Biological Sciences and a PhD in Science and Technology Studies from Cornell University.

Rishi Goyal focuses on the reciprocal transformations that result when new ideas about health, disease and the body find forms of expression in fiction and memoirs. His most recent work explores the political, aesthetic, and social dimensions of the representation of physical trauma in literature. He also has an M.D. and works in the emergency department of Columbia University Medical Center.

Cristobal Silva studies colonial and 18th-century literatures and cultures of the Americas with a particular emphasis on the history of medicine. His research explores the methods and forms that physicians, historians, novelists, and poets rely on to translate their experience of contagion into literary narratives.

This event is free and open to the public; please visit the website for more details.

This event is sponsored by The Columbia Journal of Literary Criticism.