ILLREP: Representations of Illness and Disability in Literary and Cultural Texts
This research group is designed to create opportunities for discussion and collaboration related to the representation and construction of various kinds of illness and disability in literary and cultural texts.
We are particularly interested in connections between constructions of illness and disability and the cultural politics of gender, sexuality, class, race, ethnicity, and animality.
Although the group started in literary studies (through the Literature in English program in ILOS: Institute for Literature, Area Studies, and European Languages), it is also interdisciplinary, reaching out to scholars from fields such as
- special needs education
- science and technology studies
- health sciences
- medical humanities
- media studies
- cultural studies
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Affiliated research projects
- The Politics of Disability Identity
- Biomedicalization Inside Out (BIO)
Completed research projects
Beyond Illness and Literature: A Global Approach
Tuesday, 26 April, 2022, 10:15 – 12:00, 12th floor, Niels Treschows hus
This event will feature presentations related to a book collection in development, Beyond Illness and Literature: A Global Approach, edited by Marta Puxan-Oliva and Jorge J. Locane.
Featured international guests will be Marta Puxan-Oliva (Senior Ramón y Cajal Researcher, Universitat de les Illes Balears) and Neus Rotger (Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) and Guest Lecturer at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), along with Jorge Locane, who is co-editing the volume.
Presentations will be made by the editors, introducing the volume as a whole, followed by talks based upon chapters in development by the three guests mentioned above. Q&A to follow.
ILLREP Forum: The Biopolitics of Disability, Illness, and Animality
ILLREP has invited members of the research project BIODIAL (The Biopolitics of Disability, Illness, and Animality) to discuss their research findings on November 17, 2021, at the University of Oslo's HumSam library. Commentaries by ILLREP member Tone Druglitrø and visiting Erasmus PhD Fellow Chiara Montalti (University of Florence). Further details and program TBA.
On June 17, 2019, the ILLREP research group will be hosting a one-day interdisciplinary seminar featuring multiple speakers from the University of Oslo and beyond. The keynote lecture will be delivered by Susan Schweik, Professor of English at UC Berkeley and author of works including The Ugly Laws: Disability in Public (2009). Further details can be found here, and you can click here to register.
On May 15, 2018, the BIODIAL research project will be hosting a symposium entitled 'Posthuman Entanglements' at Litteraturhuset in Oslo. Cary Wolfe and Mel Y. Chen are among the confirmed speakers. Click here for more details.
Edited by Hilde Bondevik, Ole Jacob Madsen and Kari Nyheim Solbrække
23 May, 2017, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
28 September, 2016, 3:15 - 5:00 p.m.
Gendering Cancer: Bodies, Hairdressing and Healthcare in Contemporary Cancer Narratives (UiO Centre for Gender Research)
29 September, 2016, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.