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Lectures and Workshops

Presentations by the CIRAC Team

Presentations and lectures you can listen to or read about:

Let’s Fight? Metaphors in Illness Narratives

Lecture by Prof. Dr. Anita Wohlmann, University of Southern Denmark (SDU), Odense, Denmark

Tuesday, 18 October 2022, 6 pm 
Room SZ15.21, RESOWI Center, Universitätsstraße 15, Bauteil A, 2nd floor

Registration until 15 October to cirac(at)uni-graz.at

The struggling metaphor, as noted by Susan Sontag in her widely read study, "Illness as Metaphor," is one of the most widely used, and perhaps most criticized, metaphors for experiencing illness. Nevertheless, sufferers and medical staff continue to use them. Renowned authors such as Siri Hustvedt, Audre Lorde and David Foster Wallace, who deal with illnesses, “fight” against migraines, cancer and depression in their autobiographical texts. But fight is not the same as fight.

Because metaphors enable a variety of strategies of alternative use, new use, recycling and creative misuse - practices that can be traced in autobiographical texts and transferred to everyday (medical) life. After a brief presentation of the book Metaphor in Illness Writing: Fight and Battle Reused (2022), we will follow examples from medical practice together with the author Anita Wohlmann and rethink established metaphors in a new and different way.

Anita Wohlmann is Associate Professor of Contemporary Anglophone Literature at the University of Southern Denmark, where she conducts research at the Center for Uses of Literature. In addition to American literature, she teaches courses and workshops in narrative medicine and is a founding member and coordinator of the German Network for Narrative Medicine, established in 2019. Her research focuses on metaphors, age and aging, narratives of illness, life writing, disability and serial narration.

N.B. The lecture will be held in German.

Workshop with Anita Wohlmann: Narrative Medicine: Literary Texts and Reflective Writing in the Context of Illness, Healing, and Nursing

Workshop with Prof. Dr. Anita Wohlmann, University of Southern Denmark (SDU), Odense, Denmark
Wednesday, 19 October 2022, 10 am - 4 pm

Place: HS 23.02, Meerscheinschlössl, Mozartgasse 3, EG

Registrations until 7 October to cirac(at)uni-graz.at (Limited number of spots available)

Narrative medicine brings literary studies and medicine together in an unusual way: Not only literary texts but also methods from literary studies are intertwined with central topics such as communication, pain, grief, (self)care and professional identity within the framework of medical training and further education.

In the interdisciplinary workshop, the theories and goals of the program are presented in the form of short impulses and critical aspects are discussed. In addition, experiences from German-speaking countries are reported. However, the focus of the one-day event is on practice: the participants are invited to try out the basic model of narrative medicine - attention, representation, affiliation - for themselves and to reflect together.

Recommended reading:

  • Anita Wohlmann, Pascal O. Berberat, Daniel Teufel. Narrative Medizin: Ein Praxisbuch für den deutschsprachigen Raum. Böhlau, 2021.
  • Rita Charon. “Narrative Medicine: Attention, Representation, Affiliation.” Narrative 13.3 (October 2005): 261-270.

N.B. The workshop will be held in German.


Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Aging and Care
Schubertstraße 23/I
8010 Graz

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