Past Activities and Transfer


 

Symposium

Publications

Past activities and transfer

SNF IllNarr Home
Miriam Locher's website  and Franziska Gygax's website

 

Guest lectures

In connection with the lecture on "Health and Language" in autumn term 2010 (Locher), three distinguished scholars spoke to Basel students and guests.
These lectures were sponsored by the English Seminar of the University of Basel.

November 2, 2010:
Prof. Brigitte Boothe, Universität Zürich
"Erzählen im Behandlungszimmer. Leiden in narrativer Darstellung"

November 9, 2010:
Prof. Peter Schulz, Universität Lugano
"'Gilding the pill?‘ Information quality and argumentation in pharmaceutical advertising"

November 9, 2010:
Prof. Srikant Sarangi, Cardiff University
"The socio-cultural dimensions of health and illness: A discourse perspective "

In connection with the seminar on “Life Writing in the 21st Centruy” in spring term 2013 (Gygax), a distinguished literary studies scholars spoke to Basel students and guests:
 
May 23, 2013 (Supported by the American Embassy):
Prof. Jared Gardner, Ohio State University

"Graphic Autobiography and Illness."

 
Further outreach was achieved in workshops and the Symposium on "Narrative Mattes in Literature, Linguistics, Psychology and Medicine", which terminated the project.
 

Teaching Transfer

Franziska Gygax: Life Writing in the 21st Century, ST 2013
Life writing has become a booming and extremely popular genre in our century, and the modes of auto/biographical narratives vary greatly (written auto/biography in book form, autopathography, "online lives," collection of photographs, graphic memoirs, biopic, performances, etc.). The reasons for the increasing popularity of this genre are manifold and need to be explored and discussed in the social, cultural, and political context of today?s notions of the (cult of the) self.

Franziska Gygax: Representations of Illness in Autobiography, ST 2010
In the last decades an enormous number of illness narratives have been written and published, and scholars in literary and cultural studies have begun to discuss and theorize this genre. Personal narratives about illness not only raise complex questions about notions of selfhood, they equally provide insight into the cultural and social constructions of illness. Besides reading a whole range of illness narratives, we will also discuss canonical texts on literary representations of illness such as Susan Sontag's "Illness as Metaphor and Aids and Its Metaphors" and Virginia Woolf's essay "On Being Ill".
 

Franziska Gygax and Alexander Kiss: Medical Humanities Course for 1st year medical students

"Literatur und Medizin: Autorenlesung und Diskussion”, together with Klaus Merz, writer
"Arztgeschichten/Patientengeschichten (from JAMA and Annals of Internal  Medicine)”, together with Prof. Osswald, Medical Faculty, University of Basel (HS 2009)
"Film und Medizin: Dr. House", together with Prof. Bürgisser, Medical Faculty, University of Basel (FS 2010)

Miriam Locher: Thementag für Medizinstudierende, Workshop on “Das Internet als Fundus an Gesundheitsinformationen aus der Sicht des Laien" (HS 2008, 2009, 2010)

M. Locher: Health and Language, AT 2010
In this course the focus is on 'language in use' in situations where health plays a role. We will investigate how people interact in situations such as doctor's appointments, or counselling sessions, as well as how health educators package their persuasive messages in online Internet sites such as advice columns. The speech acts of advice giving, information giving and suggesting will be discussed in detail, while the contextual factors of the studied practices will be taken into account when analyzing. The lecture is situated within the field of pragmatics and in particular within the field of applied linguistics and discourse analysis. In connection with this lecture four prominent scholars have been invited: Prof. Brigitte Boothe, Prof. Srikant Sarangi and Prof. Peter Schulz.

M. Locher: Illness Narratives, AT 2010
In this research seminar for MA students we will analyze texts of English medical students that were collected in connection with the Swiss National Science project entitled "Life (beyond) writing: Illness narratives". The students write about a memorable experience during their internship and thus create instances of reflective writing in which they construct their identities as students and aspiring doctors vis à vis the patients. This project is interdisciplinary and will allow us to explore the fields of narrative, identity construction and health in linguistics. The seminar involves both reading seminal texts on the topics mentioned, as well as workshops on data analysis.

M. Locher : Language on internet health sites, AT 2011
In this workshop based course we will first work on the theoretical fields of computer-mediated language and health communication and then develop research question for this communicative interface. After this we will explore the use of the English language on different types of Internet sites in English that topicalize health issues (e.g. peer-to-peer blog support sites; professional information sites; health insurance sites, etc.).

International Short Visit by Dr. Victoria Tischler (Nottingham) in Basel
Transfer to teaching in the medical humanities; completion of project (April and May 2013)
Supported by: Swiss National Science Foundation

M. Locher: Language and health, ST 2016
In this lecture course the focus is on 'language in use' in situations where health plays a role. The lecture builds on the lecture from AT 2010 and is based on broader and newer data. The investigation of how people interact in situations such as doctor's appointments, or counselling sessions, as well as how health educators package their persuasive messages in online Internet sites such as advice columns or smoking cessation websites and fora will be discussed. The speech acts of advice giving, information giving and suggesting will be discussed in detail, while the contextual factors of the studied practices will be taken into account when analyzing. The lecture is situated within the field of pragmatics and in particular within the field of applied linguistics and discourse analysis. Due to its interdisciplinary nature, the lecture will also present insights from discursive psychology, sociology and the medical humanities.

M. Locher: Typing yourself healthy, ST2016
In the last decades the Internet has evolved to become an important source of information for health concerns. There are many professional information sites, peer-support sites for patients, mailing lists, online counselling services, and so on. In these contexts, language plays a central role in how health issues are communicated and how health-related activities such as shared decision-making, collaboration, or persuasion, are carried out. Internet users are encouraged to type themselves healthy through language with the help of peers or professionals. The symposium provides a platform for researchers and practitioners from different disciplines such as linguistics, psychology and anthropology, as well as the public to share findings and insights concerning e-health communication. By engaging in a dialogue with researchers from different fields we work towards a better understanding of e-health practices overall, which can be of use and interest to health practitioners as well. This symposium is going to be the endpoint of the SNF-funded research project "Language and Health Online" (NGK1912) and is open to students and the public.

M. Locher: Health and language in action, AT2016
In this course on the research interface of linguistics and health studies, students will work on data that they collected themselves from a number of methodological and theoretical angles. They will develop research questions and work on sharpening analytical tools. The program will be jointly put together at the beginning of term with the aim to gain experience in analyzing a variety of different practices and to account for the interests of the participants. This seminar continues the topic of language and health introduced in the lecture in spring term 16. Having attended this lecture is recommended but not a necessary entry requirement.

Workshops

Illness Narratives: A Transdisciplinary Reading
Workshop with a presentation by Franziska Gygax, and comments by Miriam Locher and Regula Koenig; January 31, 2011, Totengässlein, Basel.

Reflective Writing Texts by Medical Students: The Question of Genre
Workshop with Prof. Srikant Sarangi on developing and fine-tuning research questions on the reflective writing corpus. Participants: Miriam Locher and Regula Koenig. November 9, 2010, English Department, University of Basel.

What Is Narrative Medicien? Wyh Does it Matter?
June 23, 2010 Zentrum für Lehre [ZLF], Kleiner Hörsaal; 12.30- 13:30h

Brian Hurwitz
Brian Hurwitz discusses the term ‘narrative’ and why this notion has become increasingly important to modern medicine over the past two decades.  His talk analyses various formulations of narrative and how these contribute to ‘Narrative Medicine’, an approach to health care that not only pays renewed attention to ‘the patient story’ in its many formats, but which also helps physicians to look beyond the biological mechanisms at the centre of conventional medicine, towards domains of thought, and ways of telling which promise new contacts with patienthood. Narrative Medicine is helping to articulate an extended clinician role, one that moves beyond listening, diagnosing, communicating, treating and information-giving, and which experiments with representation. This role places special emphasis on ways of telling and of depicting, which are emerging as new values in clinical medicine.  The talk is illustrated with clinical case reports from general practice and will be punctuated with PowerPoint slides.
Supported by: Swiss National Science Foundation / Abteilung Psychosomatik, Universitätsspital Basel / Englisches Seminar, Universität Basel / IHAMB


Workshop with Dr. Victoria Tischler (Nottingham)
Transfer to teaching in the medical humanities (February 10, 2012)
International Short Visit by Dr. Victoria Tischler (Nottingham) in Basel
Transfer to teaching in the medical humanities; completion of project (April and May 2013)
Supported by: Swiss National Science Foundation

Presentations

Gygax, Franziska
2009 International conference on Life Writing in Europe: Founding Conference IABA Europe in Amsterdam, VU University. Paper on "Life (Beyond) Writing: Illness Narratives."

Gygax, Franziska
2010 6th European Meeting of the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts: "Textures" in Riga, Stockholm School of Economics. Participant in roundtable panel on "Literature and Medicine: The State of the Field 2010", organized by George Rousseau, one of the pioneers in this field.

Gygax, Franziska
2010  "Moments of Recovery: Life Writing and Illness." Paper presented at the International Auto/Biography Association (IABA) Conference 2010 on Life Writing and Intimate Publics in Brighton, University of Sussex.

Gygax, Franziska
2011 "Illness Narratives: A Transdisciplinary Reading". Interdisciplinary workshop with Franziska Gygax, Miriam Locher and Regula Koenig, University of Basel.

Gygax, Franziska
2011 Participation in the panel on "Modalities of Relationship". IABA Life Writing in Europe Conference: "Trajectoris of (Be)Longing." Tallinn.

Gygax, Franziska
2012 Illness Narratives: Pain and Empowerment. Paper presented at the EAAS (European Association for American Studies) conference, panel on "Illness and its Metaphors: Challenging Medical Discourse from a Gendered Perspective." Izmir.

Gygax, Franziska
2013 "Woundable, around the bounds": Life (beyond) writing and terminal illness. Paper presented at the Symposium Narrative Matters in Literature, Linguistics, Psychology and Medicine. University of Basel.

Gygax, Franziska
2013 Illness Autographics of the 21st Century. Paper presented at the  IABA  Europe 2013  conference: Beyond the Subject. New Developments in Life Writing. Vienna, Austria.

 

Gygax, Franziska, Regula Koenig and Miriam A. Locher
2010 "Life (beyond) writing: Illness Narratives." Research Colloquium, Englisches Seminar, Universität Basel.

Gygax, Franziska, Regula Koenig and Miriam A. Locher
2011 Moving Across Disciplines and Genres. Paper presented at the SAUTE meeting 'On the Move'. Bern.

 

Koenig, Regula
2009 SWELL Best Practice Workshops with Prof. David Britain (November 6, 2009), English Seminar, University of Basel. Brief input presentation on the PhD workshop. Project participants: Miriam Locher and Regula Koenig.

Koenig, Regula
2010  Identity construction in reports by medical students. Paper presented at the SWELL meeting, Englisches Seminar, Universität Bern.

Koenig Regula
2010 Reflektionen über Identitätskonstruktionen in Berichten von Medizinern (Arbeitstitel). Präsentation im Rahmen des Doktorandenforschungskolloquiums Linguistik Basel, Universität Basel.

Koenig, Regula
2010  SWELL Best Practice Workshops with Prof. Dennis Preston, English Seminar, University of Basel. Brief input presentation on the PhD workshop. Project participants: Miriam Locher and Regula Koenig.

Koenig, Regula
2010 8th Interdisciplinary Conference on Communication, Medicine and Ethics (COMET) in Boston (USA), Public School of Management and College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences. Participant in roundtable meeting on: “Teaching Communication to Health Care Professionals: Identity Construction.” Other presenters: Alexandre José Pinto Cadilhe de Assis Jácome (Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil) and Branca Ribeiro (Lesley University, USA). Paper on: “Identity Construction in Reports by Medical Students.”

Koenig, Regula
2010  JASGIL Best Practice Workshops with Prof. Salikoko Mufwene, English Seminar, University of Basel. Brief input presentation on the PhD workshop. Project participants: Miriam Locher and Regula Koenig.

Koenig, Regula
2012 Kommuniation im Gesundheitswesen -- Möglichkeiten und Grenzen. Invited speaker at a round table discussion. Berner Fachhochschule für Gesundheit. Bern.

Koenig, Regula
2013 'It made me realise that as doctors we can only do the best that we can [...]' - 'Expert' identity in medical students' reflective writing texts. Paper presented at the conference I-Mean. Bristol.

 

Koenig, Regula, Miriam A. Locher, and Victoria Tischler
2011 'Is it okay if I ask you a few question?' Reflective writing on a memorable patient encounter by medical students. Paper presented at the conference Communication, Medicine and Ethics. Nottingham.

Koenig, Regula, Miriam A. Locher and Victoria Tischler
2011 Dilemmas of identity construction in reflective writing on a memorable patient encounter by medical students. Paper presented at the conference ALAPP. Cardiff.

Koenig, Regula, Miriam A. Locher, and Victoria Tischler
2012 Identity Construction in Medical Students' Reflective Writing Texts. Work-in-progress presented at the conference Communication, Medicine, and Ethics. Trondheim.

 

Locher, Miriam A. 
2012 'Life (beyond) writing': Illness Narratives; Reflective writing for BA medical students -- First results from two linguistic analyses (topic and identity construction). Paper presented at the Colloquium of the English Department, University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

Locher, Miriam A.  
2013 Teaching communication skills at a medical school: From keeping eye contact to creating rapport. Paper presented at the Symposium of Politeness. SOAS, London.
 

Locher, Miriam A.  and Regula Koenig
2012 Reflective writing for BA medical students - -First results from the linguistic analyses. Paper presented at the conference JASGIL, Strasbourg.

Locher, Miriam A.  and Regula Koenig
2013 Reflective writing texts by medical students: A genre analysis. Paper presented at the Symposium Narrative Matters in Literature, Linguistics, Psychology and Medicine. University of Basel.

Locher, Miriam A.  and Regula Koenig
2013 'All I could do was hand her another tissue' – Handling emotions as a challenge in reflective writing texts by medical students. Paper presented at the SAUTE meeting. University of Lausanne.

 

Tischler, Victoria
2013 'Its something a bit different' —Reflections on introducing narrative writing into a medical curriculum. Paper presented at the Symposium Narrative Matters in Literature, Linguistics, Psychology and Medicine. University of Basel.

Tischler, Victoria, Franziska Gygax, Regula Koenig and Miriam Locher
 2013 "Life (beyond) writing: illness narratives". Research colloquium, Englisches Seminar, University of Basel.


 

 

Symposium

Publications

Past activities and transfer

SNF IllNarr Home
Miriam Locher's website  and Franziska Gygax's website

 

 

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