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A Cripistemology of Pain: Experiences and Recognition of Endometriosis

InaH
Seminarium
Although almost everyone experiences pain, it is often seen as incidental rather than as a fact of life. Moreover, societal responses to pain differ depending on the sufferer’s identity. What happens when the pain of some bodies is not recognized within society, and what are the emotional and material implications? What kind of knowledge production is made possible when the painful body is treated as the point of departure, rather than as an exception and from an outside perspective? I engage in these questions through Alyson Patsavas concept of a "cripistemology of pain" – a form of knowledge production that situates pain within broader systems of discourse and power.

The discussion proceeds from my PhD project "Painful Subjects: Endometriosis, Experience, Recognition", which is based on in-depth interviews with people diagnosed with the chronic illness endometriosis. Endometriosis is a common disease affecting one in ten people menstruating. The most common symptoms are chronic pain and infertility. Even though this condition has severe effects on perceived quality of life, it is difficult to receive help and support, and the road to diagnosis is often long. There are many difficulties that come with living with a painful condition that is not directly visible to others. My study combines feminist phenomenology and recognition philosophy with crip perspectives on normative embodiment and compulsory able-bodiedness. The concept of a "cripistemology of pain" can be understood as the node where these theoretical strands intersect – and become acutely political.

Ina Hallström is a PhD student in Gender Studies at Stockholm University and lives with chronic pain.

Tid: 
2018-10-24 13:00 till 15:00
Plats: 
Rum M224
Kontakt: 
mikael.karlsson [at] genus.lu.se

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Tid: 
2018-10-24 13:00 till 15:00
Plats: 
Rum M224
Kontakt: 
mikael.karlsson [at] genus.lu.se

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