Recording Women’s Contributions to the History of Victorian Health and Wellness

Jessica Kirwan // I recently interviewed Dr. Lesa Scholl, Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of Victorian Women Writers, which is soon to be published by Palgrave Macmillan for their Major Reference Works portfolio. Dr. Scholl is Head of Kathleen Lumley College at the University of Adelaide in Australia. Readers of Synapsis will be interested to know…

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…

Intersex Erasure & the Myth of the “One True Sex”

Diana Rose Newby // My place was not marked out in this world that shunned me, that had cursed me. (Barbin 3) Content Warning: suicide, sexual abuse Herculine Barbin was twenty-one when she was forced to change her sex. Assigned female at her birth in 1838 in southwestern France, Barbin grew up identifying as such until…

Upcoming Events: January 29, February 5

Medical and Health Humanities Film Series: Part 1 Monday, January 29 – Swim Team We’ll be joined by the film director, Lara Stolman, MHH writer Kathryn Cai (whose review of Swim Team you can read on this website!) and Professor Rachel Adams (Columbia Department of English and Comparative Literature, and the director of the Future…

“Peeing on this ad may change your life”

By Livia Arndal Woods The January 13, 2018 episode of NPR’s “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me” just drew my attention to an interesting pop culture tidbit. It turns out that the Swedish women’s magazine Amelia ran an advertisement for a discount on an IKEA crib in which the price is revealed via pregnancy-test. In short, you…

The “Criminal Mind:” Discourses of Mental Health and Crime, Part 3

Abigail Jane Mack “UNLOCK THE POWER OF THE WELLNESS EFFECT.” In white lettering across a cool blue background photograph of happy workers, Prudential Financial touts the employer benefits of financial well-being for employees. The Wellness Effect™ will not only create confident, mentally healthy workers but improve the lives of workers’ families and communities. Following a growing…

New Events November 12-18

To post an event, write to aah2155[at]columbia.edu. Books, Health and History: New York Academy of Medicine New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Ave at 103rd St Nov 14: Unable to Breathe: Race, Asthma, and the Environment in Civil Rights Era New Orleans and New York, 6pm-7:30pm. New group: Medical Humanities at Humanities Commons For…

New Events: Week of November 5-11

To post a new event, write to aah2155[at]columbia.edu. Books, Health, and History New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Ave at 103rd St Nov 6: First Monday Tour. Join us on the first Monday of every month (excluding holidays) to see highlights from the collection in the Drs. Barry and Bobbi Coller Rare Book Reading…

New Events: October 29-November 4

To post an event, write to aah2155[at]columbia.edu. Events this week Call for Papers: Midwest Victorian Studies Association, “Victorian Health and Wellness” (April 20-22, 2018) CFP for participation in seminars due October 31, 2017. See http://www.midwestvictorian.org/ for details. Humanities in Medicine Symposium: Rochester, MN October 27-29, 2017 The 4th Annual Mayo Clinic Humanities in Medicine Symposium…

New Events: October 22-28

To post an event, write to aah2155[at]columbia.edu. Events this week Call for Papers: Midwest Victorian Studies Association, “Victorian Health and Wellness” (April 20-22, 2018) CFP for participation in seminars due October 31, 2017. See http://www.midwestvictorian.org/ for details. Humanities in Medicine Symposium: Rochester, MN October 27-29, 2017 The 4th Annual Mayo Clinic Humanities in Medicine Symposium…