December 11SAWYER SEMINAR CHRONIC CONDITIONS IN THE COMIC
Spencer Museum of Art Auditoirum
Sherine Hamdy (Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of California Irvine) will discuss her collaborative role in producing Lissa, a graphic novel, as an intervention in portraying chronic disease in Africa. Against the backdrop of Egypt's popular uprisings, Lissa is a fictionalized portrayal of a working-class Egyptian family, informed by hundreds of interviews and ethnographic research in Egypt on the vulnerabilities that expose people to kidney and liver disease, and the difficulties of accessing proper treatment. The work also draws on ethnographic research and interviews in the U.S. on the social and political calculus of managing genetic risk for breast and ovarian cancer within a commercial healthcare system. Hamdy’s presentation will focus on the inextricable entanglement of public health and political revolution, and why comics is a particularly amenable medium to explore how different people come to terms with illness and mortality against the backdrop of political, economic, and environmental crises. This lecture is part of KU’s Sawyer Seminar; to learn more, visit: http://chronicconditions.ku.edu.