Come see us at the Examined Life conference in Iowa City!

I will be presenting jointly with Rose Lemberg at the 10th Examined Life conference at the University of Iowa, in Iowa City. As I am spending this academic year in Kansas, this is a good opportunity to meet me if you are usually in Iowa City!

The conference focuses on the intersection of the health sciences and the creative arts. We will read from our speculative fiction work related to disability and illness, and then lead an audience discussion. Our presentation is scheduled on Oct 7, 8:30-9:45 in 2126 MERF.

This is our abstract:

Speculative Literature, Disability and Health

Bogi Takács & Rose Lemberg

Authors of speculative literature have often attempted to tackle health-related and medical topics, frequently through an outsider perspective of researchers and doctors. In recent years, there has been an increasing focus on storytelling from the margins, encouraging insiders to tell stories of their own experience. Disability, neurodiversity and chronic illness advocacy are coming into focus in the field of speculative writing, as a part of this wider movement. The two of us have been involved in these currents as authors, as chronically ill and disabled people, and as researchers. We will read from our short-form fiction and poetry relevant to health and disability experience, followed by a discussion with audience participation. Participants will be able to discuss how diverse influences can converge in depictions of disability and illness, and to examine how both personal experience and a research background can enrich genre writing and inform readers about the human condition.