Publishing Opportunity: Geriatric Medical Humanities

Desmond (Des) O’Neill // Geriatric Medical Humanities – new section in European Geriatric Medicine journal Despite broader currents of ageism within and without medicine, geriatricians, geropsychiatrists, gerontological nurses and allied health professionals are fortunate to be working with people at the richest stage of life, and in a speciality that is intellectually stimulating and professionally…

The Body as Manuscript | Columbia Global Centers Mumbai

A Workshop with Dr. Rishi Goyal, emergency physician and co-editor of Synapsis and Manjula Padmanabhan, novelist, artist and Onassis award winning playwright of Harvest. Health, Politics and the Imagination in Colonial and Contemporary India February 18-19, 2019 The past several years have witnessed a growing interest in developing coursework and programs that emphasize the humanities…

CFP: Narrative Special Issue

Announcement // In January 2021 Narrative will devote a special issue to the topic of “Narrative in the Public Sphere.” This message is a call for abstracts for potential contributions. Contributions on health/medical humanities narrative in the public sphere would be very welcome. The overarching goal of the special issue is to participate in and…

Event at NYU: Remote Care: From the “Electronic Patient” to Self-Tracking

October 9, 2018 NYU Center for the Humanities Registration: https://nyuhumanities.org/events/event-registration/?ee=151 Practices of care and intervention—whether medical or psychological— have been rich in specialized communications between clinicians and patients and clinicians and clinicians, across many historical periods. The meanings and uses of these communications, however, have shifted with the development of new media and new technologies,…

Upcoming Conference: Neurodiversities

A CHCI Medical Humanities Network / Duke Health Humanities Lab@FHI Symposium: NEURODIVERSITIES // Oct. 26-27, 2018, Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University // The term “neurodiversity,” first popularized by the autism community, challenges the pathologization of neurological deviation from a conventional social spectrum of “neurotypicality.” Another branch of “neurodiversity” discourse challenges the abstraction of the ideas…

Call for New Writers

Editors // We are pleased to invite new writers to contribute to Synapsis: A Journal of Health Humanities in 2018-2019. Synapsis is an online publication designed to bring together humanities scholars and students from across institutions and disciplines in a “department without walls.” The site is founded and edited by Arden Hegele, a literary scholar, and…

The Curious History of Sleeping Through the Night

Arden Hegele // “Do you have the guts to sleep train?” my pediatrician asked me at my baby daughter’s two-month well visit. The practice, Tribeca Pediatrics, is, I think, the only one in the world to recommend sleep training as early as eight weeks–a controversial stance that I hadn’t appreciated when signing up. (At 34…

Introducing Synapsis

Dear Readers, Thank you! Editing, producing, designing (and reading!) this journal has been exceptionally gratifying. We are thankful for the bright and bold writers who each week step out of the confines of their traditional disciplines. We are thankful for being introduced to new ideas, artistic works and academic texts. And we are thankful for…

Event: Hysteria from the Archives, Feb. 19

Coffee Hour, Poetry Reading, and Discussion of Hysteria from the Archives Monday, February 19, 2018, 4:00-5:00pm Heyman Center for the Humanities, Second Floor Common Room We have access to accounts of hysteria more or less exclusively through the male gaze of the physician. In response, Hysteria from the Archives engages with both phenomenology (the experiences…