Sociabilities, socialities, violences

Nascimento Blair // I am writing an auto-ethnographic piece where I, the author, a formerly-incarcerated man, present my own testimonies alongside material that has been shared with me by “Carey,” who is currently incarcerated. It is based on anecdotal experiences and juxtaposes the premise of rehabilitation against the practice of incapacitation of prisoners. 1. There…

Pillows

Tanya Pierce // In this auto-ethnographic piece on the current COVID-19 health crisis, I present my reflections on my own imprisonment through the lens of a returning citizen. In addition to exploring my own incarceration, I will tell the story of my friend Vanee Sykes, a returning citizen who survived prison but passed away from…

A piece of advice on how not to go crazy during a lockdown

Shawn Elijah Williams // My name is Shawn Elijah Williams, but someday soon I wish to change it to Abdul-Qahir Al Queens, inshallah (God Willing). I was asked to write about my experience in solitary confinement, how I dealt with it, and how it affected me. But before I start on that, I think it’s…

Medical Humanities, COVID-19, and States of Confinement

Neni Panourgiá // Medical humanities, an area of inquiry that seeks to bridge the practice of medicine with the conceptual and ethical questions that arise from the contact between medicine and its object, the human being, is inherently interdisciplinary and open to diverse and often disparate approaches to science. Moving across disciplines, lexicons, protocols, and…

(Not) a Zebra

Sal Marx // Condition on discharge: stable. Still, I stumbled out of the belly of the hospital, onto pavement, clutching newly prescribed instructions: 1.  Avoid physical exertion  2.  If you feel worse, go to ER immediately 3.  Do NOT use marijuana or other illicit drugs  4.  Taper off the drug that treats your Major Depression within…

Risk for medical violence should be considered in COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Emilie Egger // As the effort to vaccinate Americans against COVID-19 begins, states, scholars, and editorial boards continue to deliberate as to who should receive available supply first. Most conversations coalesce around the “most vulnerable” with a few main definitions of who that includes.  The earliest definitions of “at risk” centered on the elderly, residents…

The Breath of Life

Sandra Buechler // On the way to extinction my husband paused. After days of emergency room limbo he lay in a hospital bed, hooked up to noisy monitors. I saw him as both the person he had been and the way station he was becoming. Two years beforehand a car accident had expunged his mind…

Too Close for Comfort: The Familiarity of Anti-Mask Rhetoric

Haejoo Kim // Last summer, a friend was accosted by a woman as he was walking down the street to my house in Syracuse, NY. The woman was not wearing a mask and wanted him to take off his mask as well. “Look up Andrew Kaufman, MD,” she yelled, “you will learn everything you need…