Bodies and Minds Category

The body’s knowledge is a vital and dramatically neglected component of intellectual work. We offer this space for writing that sorts through what we learn (through exercise or illness or abuse or neglect) about our bodies as a thinking, laboring entities; or things that the physical reality of our bodies has taught us about other intellectual work.

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On Being N.E.D.

This is an “On Being” essay. An “On Being” essay is an assignment I give my students: part personal narrative, part critical analysis. Narrative, because your lived experience matters; analytical, because to investigate and challenge that experience is to make it meaningful. I teach courses in the medical humanities, courses on health, illness, disability, and…