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Presented By: Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies

EIHS Symposium: Health, the Body Politic, and the Language of Recovery

Henry M. Cowles, Yi-Li Wu, M. Remi Yergeau, Rachel Rafael Neis

"Abstract," Dany Sternfeld (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0). "Abstract," Dany Sternfeld (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).
"Abstract," Dany Sternfeld (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).
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Description: We think it fitting to inaugurate our year-long theme, "Recovery," with a roundtable discussion on the language of recovery in health and medicine. It is in this context that recovery, both physical and mental, has been the focus of some of the oldest and most sustained attention and, increasingly now, critique. While recovery has still proven notoriously difficult to define, measure, and implement, with its champions and critics alike highlighting the lack of consensus on what exactly constitutes recovery, the term has at least since the 1990s come to dominate certain health sectors. This dominance is most notable in mental health policy. Within the critical medical humanities, it has become clear that the discourse of recovery is entangled in complex relations of power without being entirely fixed by them. Can recovery, despite its discontents, still have radical political potential? Is recovery itself in need of being recovered? What are the stakes in this contested sector of the body politic? Our panelists, as they explore the stakes of “recovery” from within their respective fields, will help us launch our critical engagement with recovery both as rhetoric and practice.

• Henry M. Cowles (Associate Professor, History, University of Michigan)
• Yi-Li Wu (Associate Professor; History, Women's and Gender Studies; University of Michigan)
• M. Remi Yergeau (Associate Professor; English Language and Literature, University of Michigan)
• Rachel Rafael Neis (moderator; Jean and Samuel Frankel Associate Professor; History, Judaic Studies; University of Michigan)

This event presented by the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies. It is made possible in part by a generous contribution from Kenneth and Frances Aftel Eisenberg.

Image: "Abstract," Dany Sternfeld (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).
"Abstract," Dany Sternfeld (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0). "Abstract," Dany Sternfeld (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).
"Abstract," Dany Sternfeld (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).

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