Humanities Council Sponsors Bodies of Knowledge Working Group

December 10, 2017

The Humanities Council sponsors the new Bodies of Knowledge Working Group whose purpose is to engage faculty, staff, and graduate students in questions around illness, health, and the body from a wide range of viewpoints. In particular, the group hopes to foster intellectual partnerships with those within and beyond the humanities who share a critical interest in exploring and expanding the intersections of medicine, as broadly defined, and the human.

This working group is part of a David A. Gardner ’69 Magic Project Grants initiative, which includes a new team-taught course by Elena Fratto (Slavic) and Tala Khanmalek (Gender and Sexuality Studies) entitled “Medical Story-Worlds.”

Meetings will be held from 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Spring 2018
February 15
The Voice of the ‘Psychiatric Patient’ in Communicative Biocapitalism: Olivia Banner (University of Texas), 16 Joseph Henry House

March 1
Black Gay Men’s Sexual Health, and the Means of Pleasure in the Age of AIDS: Marlon M. Bailey (Arizona State), 16 Joseph Henry House

March 15
Mental Disability and the Works of Rémy Perliot: Jose Alaniz (University of Washington), 15 Joseph Henry House

April 12
Living ‘At Risk’ in the Genomic Age: Ann Jurecic (Rutgers University), 16 Joseph Henry House

April 26
Co-Curating: The Intersection of Art and Medicine: Regina Robbins (University of Nebraska), 16 Joseph Henry House

In the fall, speakers included Princeton faculty and Catherine Belling (Northwestern University), Thomas Couser (Hofstra University), Sandra Harvey (U Memphis)

If you would like to be included in the list of participants, are interested in presenting your work-in-progress, or have any programming inquiries, please contact Elena Fratto (Slavic) at or Tala Khanmalek (AMS/GSS) at

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