Thinking In Comics | Drawing Workshop with Nick Sousanis

Thinking In Comics | Drawing Workshop with Nick Sousanis

Using drawing as a new way to think and process our experiences and the information that surrounds us is exactly what San Francisco State University assistant professor Nick Sousanis discussed as he facilitated an interactive workshop during the 2018 Neurodiversities Symposium at FHI. Nick explored how comics can enrich critical practice through visual thinking and how it can be used as a teaching tool in the classroom.

The Health Humanities Lab at the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University held a two-day symposium to create conversation and gain a better understanding of the ideas behind the term NEURODIVERSITY. This term, first popularized by the autism community, challenges the pathologization of neurological deviation from socially constructed notions of “neurotypicality.” Another branch of “neurodiversity” discourse challenges the abstraction of the ideas of “mind” and “mental” states, using tools of empirical neuroscience to dismantle binary divides between “brainhood” and “embodiment.” Psychiatry now grapples with the implicit Western cultural “typicality” embedded in medical frameworks. In the humanities, the study and teaching of literature and the arts is experiencing revitalization through interrogation of traditional conceptions of cognition and consciousness, along with humanistic exploration of questions raised by neuroscientific experimentation.

Directed by Eric Barstow
Video editing by Azzan the Artist