Tag: New Conceptual Frameworks

Biocultures: Take 2

Commentary by Bernice L. Hausman, Ph.D.,Department of English, and coordinator of the undergraduate minor in Medicine and Society, Virginia Tech. On December 29, I acted as respondent to a panel on biocultures at the Modern Language Association meeting. The panel, “Biocultures: An Emerging Paradigm,” was organized and chaired by Lennard Davis, who read from the manifesto (written with David Morris) introducing the recent issue of New Literary History (vol. 38, no. 3, 2007) discussed by Brad Lewis in his August [read more]

Toward a New Aesthetic of the Body

Commentary by Laura Ferguson, Artist working in New York City Can a deformed body be beautiful? Yes, through an artist’s eyes – and I believe art can help medicine to broaden its vision, and embrace a new aesthetic of the body. I’m an artist and for the past twenty years I’ve been using my own body, inside and out, as the subject of my work. My anatomy is an unusual one because of scoliosis, a curvature of the spine, and [read more]

What is Biocultures?

Commentary by Bradley Lewis, M.D., Ph.D., Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University In my first contribution to this new blog (which I am very happy to see developing), I would like to tell the medical humanities community about an emerging approach to interdisciplinary work at the interface of biology, medicine, humanities, and culture that many of us are calling “biocultures.” (www.biocultures.org) One of the most challenging problems of contemporary scholarship involves the deep segregation of the academy: between [read more]

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