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Leisha Jones

Leisha Jones

Assistant Professor - Department of English


Biography:

In “Invisibility, Visibility and the Virtual”, Leisha Jones examines the composition, function, and membership of invisibly disabled participatory online communities, including an examination of the actualized collective sick body produced and performed in the virtual realm, and the effects it may have on the embodied individual lives of its participants. Other nodes she plans to address include the role gender may play in the assessment of sick bodies by family/friends, employers, and the medical establishment vs. online assessment by peers; the visibility of bodies with hidden maladies in the real and virtual realms; the significance of medical narrative in the diagnosis and/or treatment of illness in both traditional medical and virtual crowd-sourced communities; and the development of assessment criteria for the efficacy of digital healing.

 

Leisha Jone's article "'Being Alone With Yourself is Increasingly Unpopular': The Electronic Poetry of Jenny Holzer," will be coming out Fall 2018.