Centre for Health, Technologies and Social Practice

C. L. Oakley Lecture by Professor Arthur Frank: “Being a Good Story: Living with Serious Illness”

Date: 20 May 2014,  5:00 – 6.30 pm
Dental Lecture Theatre in Worsley, Leeds University

The 2014 C.L. Oakley Lecture will be presented by Professor Arthur Frank (Department of Sociology, University of Calgary)

Oakley Memorial Event PosterAbstract:

Being ill requires telling stories, from medical histories to news updates for friends and family. For more than two decades I have taken these stories seriously, first during my own illnesses and later observing others. Our sense of who we are and what we are experiencing is intimately tied to the stories we tell ourselves and others. The lecture explores differences between the stories we can readily fall into and stories we might craft with reflection. My question is what makes a story good not for simply coping with illness, but for making illness a meaningful part of one’s life.

Last year’s C.L. Oakley Lecutre, “Making Up Autism,” was given by Professor Ian Hacking (University of Toronto and the Collège de France)  at University of Leeds in May 2013. Listen to a recording of this lecture.

The lecture will be followed by a reception.

There will be a workshop proceeding this lecture in the School of Healthcare on the following morning: 21st of May. Further details can be found here.

The event is organised by Leeds Centre for Medical Humanities, The School of Healthcare and The Centre for Health, Technologies and Social Practice.

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