Doctors for Defunding Police: Interview with Dr. Bahar Orang

Khaleel Grant // About Doctors for Defunding Police Doctors for Defunding Police started as an initiative by a few doctors concerned about the toll anti-Black and anti-Indigenous policing was taking on the health of residents in the City of Toronto. As a group of concerned physicians working in Toronto and beyond, they came together to…

Abolition Mathematics: The Just Mathematics Collective

In the age of big data, machine learning, smart bombs, and facial recognition, that mathematical science plays an immeasurable—and political—role in shaping our world is uncontestable. Academically speaking, mathematics is somewhat artificially divided into two camps: applied and pure. It would be reasonable to believe that it is the applied mathematicians who are responsible for…

Prison Experiments

Michael Ralph and Maya Singhal // In the Marvel comic series by the same name,  Luke Cage becomes the unfortunate victim of sinister prison science. Incarcerated for a crime he did not commit, Cage is targeted by a racist corrections officer when he is recruited for a prison experiment. When the doctor conducting this operation…

Plague as Disciplinary Project: COVID in Chicago

Erin Williams // To see “Plague as Disciplinary Project” with full-size images and complete footnotes, please click the button below to download a PDF. Author bio: Erin Williams is a writer, an illustrator, and the author of Commute: An Illustrated Memoir of Female Shame.

Special Issue: On Police, Prison, and Plagues

Khaleel Grant, Elsa Hardy, Max Mishler, and Elizabeth Ross // Starting in December of 2020, a series of rebellions rocked the St. Louis City Justice Center (CJC) and the St. Louis City Minimum Security Institution (MSI), frequently referred to as “the Workhouse.” People incarcerated at both institutions broke out of their cells, detained correctional officers,…

Teenagers protecting their babies

Sasheenie Moodley // In this article, I explore the ways in which teenage mothers protect their babies. This article follows my earlier pieces in Synapsis: “Teenage mother love” and “Teenagers connecting with their babies”. The way some girls protect, love, and connect with their babies is a testament to what Elisabeth Badinter (1981) has called…

Austen, Expectations, and Crips in the World

Pasquale S. Toscano // I’ve been reading a great deal of Jane Austen lately, which is odd, because I’ve never considered myself a fan of the grande dame of English letters. All of her plots are so damned predictable, and well—how shall we put this—quaint. And then there are those maddeningly handsome gentlemen and far-too-fetching…

Coffee with Colleagues: Arden Hegele & Rishi Goyal

Synapsis Editors Arden Hegele, PhD, and Rishi Goyal, MD, PhD (Left to right): Dr. Loren Wolfe, Professor Eileen Gillooly, Dr. Rishi K. Goyal, Dr. Arden Hegele together in the Grande Salle at Columbia Global Centers Paris in June 2019. Arden Hegele, PhD, teaches at Columbia in the Medical Humanities and in English and Comparative Literature….