Representing Pain: Narrative & Fragments Symposium, Lancaster, 17 August 2018

Representing Pain:  Narrative and Fragments A symposium at Lancaster University, Friday 17 August 2018, 9:00 am -5.30 pm

I am delighted to announce this Symposium to explore challenges pain poses to traditional narrative representation, and the way it may require rethinking narrativity or embracing unconventional or fragmentary narrative forms.

The Symposium is part of the AHRC-funded research network Translating Chronic Pain, which is especially exercised by the way that conventional illness narrations (long form autobiography/memoir) don’t always lend themselves well to chronic pain experience.  We will explore the broad debates around narrativity in medical humanities, the potential of short-form narration or unconventional forms of illness narration,  the positivity imperative in illness narration, challenges of chronic pain representation, and the way ‘entanglements’ with fields such as disability studies and trauma theory may enrich critical medical humanities approaches to these questions.


Dr Angela Woods (Durham), Dr Stella Bolaki (Kent),  Professor James Berger (Yale), Dr. Megan Crowley-Matoka (Northwestern), Professor Ann Jurecic (Rutgers), Professor Brendan Stone (Sheffield), Professor Alan Bleakley, and Professor Javier Moscoso (Research Professor of History and Philosophy of Science, Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales, Spain).

Accommodation and partial travel bursaries are also available for six postgraduate students or early career researchers.

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