The one thing that changed everything: Complex illness & the functional fallacy of a singular cause

When I asked my research participants what they felt had caused theirs or their patient’s schizophrenia, it was often put down to one thing or another, rather than one thing and another: "It was because of this one bad acid tab” “It was hereditary” “It was the trauma” ... But when it came to the solution, it tended to be a multitude of things.

BONUS EPISODE: ‘The scariest word in the English language: a public lecture on schizophrenia’

In this public lecture, Gabrielle Carey and Julia Brown hope to achieve at least two things. First, to humanise and reduce fear around the condition of schizophrenia (a heavily neglected social issue in Australia). Second, to show how two disciplines (literature and anthropology) can complement each other in the name of  better communicating lived experiences of difficult subject matter.

Ep. #34 Knowledge Making: Emma Kowal talks Indigenous health care, difference & genomics

“A lot of what individual white anti-racists, as I called them, but also the broader policy frameworks are struggling with is the question of how do we enact Indigenous equality; how do we make the lines on the graphs that we draw of Indigenous versus non-Indigenous; how do we make those lines converge and ‘close the gap’, while maintaining Indigenous difference?”

Inedia with a Grain of Salt

Author: Michael Rose, recently awarded his PhD from ANU. He would be thrilled to hear about any postdoc, writing or teaching opportunities that you might have going. You can contact him at You can check out his latest publication here.  Dispatches from a breatharian December One weird Christmas, long before my time at the Australian National University, … Continue reading Inedia with a Grain of Salt