Defense Date: May 6, 2022Public Presentation Date: May 20, 2022 Submitted to Rutgers University for a Ph.D. in Communication, Information, and Media, This is about the body, the mind, the academy, the clinic, time, and pain is an autoethnographic webtext that is approximately 255,000 words in its entirety. I arrived at this project in late … Continue reading This is about the body, the mind, the academy, the clinic, time, and pain.
Fashion, femininity, aesthetics, academia, and chronic pain converge in strange ways for me. I’m always balancing comfort with cost, punk rock aesthetics with professionalism, appearance with healthcare and daily survival. I’ve spent hundreds of dollars on luxury bedding because the fabric doesn’t bother my body, even when it wrinkles. I’ve spent much more on accumulating … Continue reading dress practices of a fibromyalgic
(Photo credit: Sara Fuller.) We tell stories to make sense of our lived experiences. We play games for the same reason. What feels like entertainment seeps into the neurons and lets us embody and enact what our ordinary lives disallow: genders, ethnicities, sexualities that are not our own; conflict zones we will never enter; professions … Continue reading twisty little passages all alike
(Photo credit: Sara Fuller.) This autoethnographic account of fibromyalgic experience in academic culture and clinical and therapeutic settings interrogates how we think and talk about pain, how we engage each other about each other’s pain, and how language, gesture, clinical protocols, technological interventions and reformations, academic expectations, and social norms around propriety attempt to delimit … Continue reading this is about the body the mind the academy the clinic time and pain