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.

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.

TopicCalls for Papers

Hello all, I hope this acceptable to post here. This is a call for papers for the journal The Heroic Age ( They are initially for the 2019 International Conference on Medieval Studies but both will also be sections of the issues of the journal in 2019 and 2020. Proposals for the 54th International Congress […]