The Sick Researcher: Rendering the Invisible Visible
Dr Gillian Shirreffs, Georgi Gill, Jane HartshornZoom
By means of an introductory performance, three short video presentations, and a panel discussion, we will seek to illuminate the lived experience of chronic illness. The session will draw upon our doctoral studies, creative practice, and a combined fifty-four years of invisible illness, and will be tailored to meet the needs of the chronically ill researcher/academic. Georgi Gill’s paper, Triptych, will explore the ways that she is triply located in her research as a person with MS, a poet, and a social scientist. She will reflect on how these roles interact with one another and the ways they contribute to in/visibility in health, literary and academic arenas. Jane Hartshorn's paper, Reorientating the Sick Body, will situate her writing practice within the framework of Alison Kafer's 'crip time' and explore the pressures placed on the individual to conform to normative structures within academia and society more broadly. Gillian Shirreffs’ paper, Magical Neurological Spectacles, will interrogate the ways in which she has used imagination and storytelling to both navigate and illumine the hidden places and spaces of neurological illness.