DepositInclusive Design: Cultivating Accountability Toward the Intersections of Race, Aging, and Disability

As a feminist disability studies scholar working on issues of accessi – ble and inclusive design, my participation in the Critical Health, Age, and Disability Collective (CHAD) in summer 2014 was my first introduction to the field of age studies. I was surprised to find how little my training had taught me about how to think critically about age and aging—that is, without treating age as an indelible biological category of deterioration or conflating aging with disability. …

DepositThe Diving Bell and the Butterfly: Locked-In Syndrome and the (Un)Ethics of Narrative as Personhood

This is a slightly revised version of the paper I gave for the Out of Narrative Bounds panel organized by the forums TC Medical Humanities and Health Studies and TC Age Studies. This panel was chosen as representative of the presidential theme, Boundary Conditions. In this paper I use Jean-Dominque Bauby’s memoir, The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly, to examine ethical issues pertaining to auto/biography studies’ and medical humanities studies’ centralization of the capacity to produce embodied narrative to understandings of identity and personhood.

TopicREMINDER: CFPs for Women's Caucus for the Modern Languages due 3/15 at midnight

1) Balancing Acts: Academia’s Gendered Cost of Living Description: This roundtable examines how women and men pay dearly for degrees in “feminized” fields. We know about students’ economic debts, which women have more of, while earning fewer dollars for repayment. What about the other expenses, psychological and social, of seeking degrees, pursuing jobs, maintaining community, […]

MemberAndrea Charise

I received my PhD from the Department of English at the University of Toronto where, over the course of my degree, I participated in the transdisciplinary collaborative program “Health Care, Technology, and Place.” In addition to earning recognition for my scholarship and teaching in literature, I have also had a productive career as a researcher in geriatric medicine. My research and teaching center on nineteenth-century British literature and culture, age studies, and humanistic approaches to health and the human body. As of July 2014 I’ll be joining the University of Toronto Scarborough as Assistant Professor of Health Studies, where I am the lead developer and instructor of a new undergraduate course-cluster in “health humanities.” You can contact me at my current institutional email acharise [a t]

DepositCultural Studies of the Modern Middle Ages

The essays collected in this volume demonstrate that, when certain medieval and contemporary cultural texts are placed alongside each other — such as a fourteenth-century penitential handbook and the reality television show “Survivor,” or early fifteenth-century Lancastrian statecraft (Henry IV) and the stagecraft of George W. Bush’s presidential campaign — they reveal certain mentalities and social conditions that persist over long durations of time. Several of the essays address overtly political subjects, such as political torture and suicide terrorism, while other essays attend to the various ways in which certain “real-life” fictions and cultural entertainments have always overdetermined our understanding of history, our current moment, and ourselves.