Medical Memoirs : CANCER A LOVE STORY - a conversation with Lauren Segal

Tuesday, 29 August, 2017 - 17:00

This event is the first in a new series at WiSER called Medical Memoirs, as part of our Medical Humanities program. The series, which will run during 2017 ad 2018, focuses on  autobiographical and non-fictional narratives written by patients and by doctors which explore what is at stake in telling both one’s own story of illness, and in telling the stories of others.

Medical Humanities at WiSER and the Governing Intimacies project invite you to a conversation with

Lauren Segal on her book


In Cancer: A Love Story she writes about self, body and her encounters with the health system in the course of four bouts of cancer.

“I cannot see the next self-portrait in this series. But I know that after cancer, frozen figments and wishful projections are no longer possible. There is no way to neaten up life and project order. I know that any new delineations of self will be firm and tethered. The next image that fills this frame will be unassailable and true.” – Lauren Segal, “itch: The Creative Journal, 30 July 2015

Lauren Segal is a curator, historian and writer based in Johannesburg. She is author, most recently, of One Law, One Nation: The Making of the South African Constitution.

Discussant: Catherine Burns
Chair: Shireen Hassim

Tuesday, 29th August 2017
17:00 for 17:30

WiSER Seminar Room
6th Floor, Richard Ward Building
East Campus, Wits University