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  • Contributors

Pit Arens studied fine arts and sculpture at the Academie of Fine Arts in Munich and the École des Beaux Arts in Paris. He lives and works mainly in Berlin, doing installations in urban and public spaces ( Since 2002, he has been a member of the Ludwik Fleck Kreis, an independent, interdisciplinary, “ambulant” group of researchers (

MK Czerwiec is the artist-in-residence at the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, where she received her MA in medical humanities and bioethics. She has been making comics under the pseudonym Comic Nurse ( since 2000. Her clinical experience is in HIV/AIDS and hospice care. With Ian Williams, she co-runs the Graphic Medicine website ( She teaches graphic memoir at Columbia College Chicago, and coordinates the Chicago chapter of London’s monthly salon, Laydeez do Comics. She is currently working on her first graphic novel, titled Taking Turns: A Careography.

Sara DiCaglio is a PhD candidate at Pennsylvania State University, where she is pursuing a dual degree in English and Women’s Studies. Her dissertation research focuses on twentieth-century depictions of the first months of pregnancy.

Lisa Diedrich is an associate professor of women’s and gender studies in the Department of Cultural Analysis and Theory at Stony Brook University. She is the author of Treatments: [End Page 303] Language, Politics, and the Culture of Illness, and coeditor (with Victoria Hesford) of Feminist Time against Nation Time. She is currently finishing a manuscript on diverse forms of health activism in the prehistory of AIDS.

Courtney Donovan is a health geographer at San Francisco State University who specializes in visual methodologies and trauma. As part of her academic work, she examines the role of visual communication and art therapy on health experiences and perspectives. Her work examines art production as a methodological approach. She also focuses on the significance of graphic novels and comics in health education and in communicating health experiences. Her previous research has focused on the health experiences of refugee women in France. She is currently working on a project focusing on the role of art production in helping military veterans manage symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder.

Axel Gerhardt is a physicist by training and a passionate photographer. He holds an MA in educational studies, and currently teaches high school mathematics and simultaneously works at the Department of Mathematics and Math Education at Humboldt University in Berlin.

Michelle N. Huang is a dual-degree PhD candidate in English and Women’s Studies at Pennsylvania State University. Her research interests include Asian American literature, feminist theory, and disability studies in twentieth century and contemporary American literature. She has recently published on hospice comics.

Paula Knight is an author, comics creator, and illustrator from Bristol, UK. She has been working on her graphic memoir since 2010: The Facts of Life, due to be published by Myriad Editions in 2015. An extract from it was shortlisted in Myriad’s First Graphic Novel Competition. She has self-published two autobiographical comics, Spooky Womb and X-Utero. Since 2010, she has created a body of short comics on themes of miscarriage and childlessness.

Heather Latimer is a lecturer at the University of British Columbia, in the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice. She has published articles on reproductive politics and contemporary fiction in the journals Social Text and Modern Fiction Studies. Her first book, Reproductive Acts: Sexual Politics in North American Fiction and Film, was published in 2013. [End Page 304]

J. Ryan Marks is a PhD candidate in English literature at Pennsylvania State University, whose research interests include the politics and aesthetics of ranting in twentieth-century American fiction.

Nancy K. Miller is Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the Graduate Center/CUNY. Her most recent books are What They Saved: Pieces of a Jewish Past and Breathless: An American Girl in Paris.

Martina Schlünder, a historian of medicine and science and a medical doctor, is currently a research fellow at Ludwik Fleck Center at Collegium Helveticum-ETH/Zurich. Her research focuses on the history of the reproductive sciences and bio-politics in the...