This Thursday, April 26, at 4:00 PM in D201/Mali 1, Aimee Pozorski, this year's Harry Jack Gray Distinguished Visiting Professor will be giving a talk entitled, "Convergences: Trauma Theory, Narrative Medicine, & Ethics." A flyer is attached. Please encourage students to attend, perhaps for extra credit after writing a response to these timely, provocative issues.
This presentation considers the intersection of two late twentieth century discourses, each indebted to the concepts of testimony and the ethical witness: trauma theory on the one hand, and narrative medicine on the other. What does it mean to move from a study of traumatic history to a study of the ill in order to arrive at the same place: the question of the ethical relation?
Via readings of Holocaust testimony, AIDS memoirs, and cancer literature, we shall consider convergences in two ways: the coming together of theoretical models as well as the coming together of individuals in an ethical relation. Within these two convergences, we will consider: How do literature and theory function to bring people together? What does each owe the other? What is ethical about the written word?