Narrative, Health, and Social Justice

  • Founded
    2010
  • Seminar Number
    737

This interdisciplinary and inter-institutional seminar explores the connection between narrative, health, and social justice. If disease, violence, terror, war, poverty and oppression all manifest themselves in narrative, then it is equally true that resistance, justice, healing, activism, and collectivity can be products of a narrative- based approach to ourselves and the world. Narrative understanding helps unpack the complex power relations between North and South, state and worker, disabled body and able-body, bread-earner and child-bearer, subject and researcher, patient and provider as well as self and the other. The seminar will draw from such fields as journalism, performance arts, law, public health, trauma studies, anthropology, sociology, literary studies, medicine, writing, and cultural studies. The common thread will be the narratives we tell as individuals, families, communities, and nations that situate our experience in social, political, and cultural contexts, and that express in so many ways our search for justice in our world and for our world. Our aim is to broaden the mandate of each of our disciplines, challenging each of us to bring a critical, self-reflective eye to our scholarship, teaching, practice, and organizing. How are the stories we tell manifestations of social injustice? How can we transform such stories into narratives of justice, health, and change?


Co-Chairs
Sayantani DasGupta, MD MPH
Master’s Program in Narrative Medicine, Columbia University, Division of General Pediatrics
sd2030@columbia.edu

Marsha Hurst, Ph.D.
Lecturer, MS in Narrative Medicine
mh812@columbia.edu

Rapporteur
Cameron Vanderscoff
cvanderscoff@gmail.com

Welcome

Meetings

09/11/2014 Faculty House
6:00 PM
Oral History Meets Dementia: A Staged Reading of Timothy and Mary
Sam Robson,
Abstract




10/09/2014 Faculty House
7:00 PM
Enwheeled: The Interdependent Identity of Wheelchair and User
Penny Wolfson,
Abstract




Notes: There is an optional dinner prior to the seminar at a cost of $25