I cannot emphasise enough that my body
Is a badly designed, poorly put together vessel
Harbouring these diminishing, so-called 'vital organs'.
I hope my heart goes first.
Category Archives: disabilty
At the end of last week, I went to the Encountering Pain conference at UCL. The conference was really good – it was very much an interdisciplinary conference, so there were people from a range of academic disciplines, as well … Continue reading
Last week, BBC3 showed a documentary, Meet the Devotees (on youtube for non-UK types). I, of course, got excited, but I’ve held off watching it because I’ve been: a) on thesis-writing deadline lockdown; b) enjoying a fibro-flare and thus trying … Continue reading
Self-care has become something of a fashionable topic recently; I see posts and tweets about the importance of self-care on academic twitter weekly, if not daily. A quote from Audre Lorde’s Burst of Light (1988) is often punted around; “Caring … Continue reading
Last week I went down to Brighton University for the Understanding Conflict and Critical Research Studies Groups’ conference, Re-engaging Elaine Scarry’s The Body in Pain, a 30th anniversary retrospective. I’d been really looking forward to it, as the programme looked … Continue reading
I’m watching the Hooked on Painkillers episode of Panorama from the 2nd. I’m quite often leery of this sort of programme, as I think it can feed into the perception of people with a need for painkillers as drug-seeking, and … Continue reading
One of the best – and of course, most challenging – aspects of my research is that there isn’t a lot written about pain in disability, or pain at all (especially from outside of medicine). There is some about suffering, … Continue reading