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Illness Politics and Hashtag Activism - Lisa Diedrich

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When: Thursday, October 19, 2023
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM CT

Where: Robert H Lurie Medical Research Center, 1st floor/Searle Room, 303 E. Superior, Chicago, IL 60611 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: FREE - must register to attend online

Contact: Myria Knox   (312) 503-7962

Group: Medical Humanities & Bioethics Lunchtime Montgomery Lectures

Category: Academic, Lectures & Meetings


The Master of Arts in Medical Humanities and Bioethics Program


A Montgomery Lecture


Lisa Diedrich, PhD
Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, New York

Illness Politics and Hashtag Activism
NOTE: In-person Chicago campus lecture--speaker presenting via Zoom

This presentation introduces my book Illness Politics and Hashtag Activism, forthcoming from University of Minnesota Press as part of their Forerunners Series, which publishes shorter books on “thought-in-process scholarship.” I explore illness and disability in action on social media, analyzing several popular hashtags as examples of how illness figures, conceptually and strategically, in recent U.S. politics. I demonstrate how illness politics is informed by, intersects with, and sometimes stands in for, sexual, racial, and class politics. This project is connected to a growing body of work that explores forms of health activism and disability and illness politics as central, not peripheral, to both mainstream and radical politics, as well as work on the dynamic intersection of media and health and health activist practices. Illness- and disability-oriented hashtags serve as portals into how and why illness and disability are sites of political struggle.

This lecture is open to the public and will be held in the Searle Seminar Room in the Lurie Research Building (303 E Superior), Chicago Campus. For those outside the Chicago area and anyone who would prefer to attend remotely, a Zoom option is also available.
NOTE: In-person Chicago campus lecture--speaker presenting via Zoom


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