"Changed Knowledge": A Workshop on Changing Diagnoses, Changing Identities, and Metagnosis

December 12, 2023

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We are excited to announce that The Metagnosis Project will lead our December Community of Practice. “Metagnosis” refers to the experience of learning something new about yourself—something that has been there all along. For instance, you learn as an adult that you have lifelong ADHD, or that your father is not your genetic parent. This writing workshop will offer participants the opportunity to explore the idea of changed knowledge by looking closely at a text or work of art, and then reflect on their own experiences through discussion and writing. Please note that this workshop does not address cases where individuals are seeking a diagnosis for an established issue, and will not offer any diagnostic or therapeutic services. For more information, please see www.metagnosis.org.

Facilitator Bio

Danielle Spencer, PhD
Danielle Spencer, PhD

Danielle Spencer is the author of Metagnosis: Revelatory Narratives of Health and Identity (Oxford University Press, 2021) and co-author of Perkins-Prize-winning The Principles and Practice of Narrative Medicine (OUP, 2017). She serves as the Academic Director of the Columbia University Master of Science in Narrative Medicine Program, and her scholarly and creative work appears in diverse outlets, from The Lancet to Ploughshares. Danielle was formerly artist/musician David Byrne’s Art Director, and she holds a B.A. from Yale University, an M.S. in Narrative Medicine from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, and has been awarded fellowships at MacDowell and Yaddo. She lives in New York city.

Allison Coffelt, MS, MA
Allison Coffelt, MS, MA

Allison Coffelt is an award-winning author, teacher, and creative thinker working at the intersection of health & humanities. Her writing and audio production have been featured in the Journal of the American Medical Association, BMJ Medical Humanities, NPR’s KBIA-FM, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. She is the author of Maps Are Lines We Draw: A Road Trip through Haiti, a lyric nonfiction exploration of health equity, colonialism, and the complicated relationship between “here” and “there.” Previously, Allison worked for the world-renowned nonfiction film festival, True/False. Allison holds a master’s degree in creative nonfiction and an M.S. in narrative medicine. She teaches in the narrative medicine CPA program at Columbia University.

Event Details

December 12, 2023
6:00-7:30 pm
Online - Zoom


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