"It was fabulous, what the body told": rethinking health, accessibility and care from chronic illness

Mara Pieri (CES)

May 27, 2021, 15h00 (GMT +01:00) (CANCELLED)

Online event

Under the Series CES, Health and Epistemologies of the South, this seminar will count on a talk by Mara Pieri (CES) and comments by Bruno Sena Martins (CES).


Chronic illness has come to represent increasingly diverse and present conditions in Western societies. However, many aspects of this varied experience still need analysis both from a theoretical and empirical point of view. Based on the examples collected during my PhD research with LGBTQ+ young adults in Italy and Portugal, in this seminar I intend to reflect on the fluid and intersectional aspects that place the experience of chronic illness in a grey zone between visibility and invisibility, between health and disability. Considering these aspects allows us to challenge the concepts of time, accessibility and health, while rethinking forms of care, the role of sexuality and the intersections between different identity frameworks.

Note: "It was fabulous, what the body told" is extracted from  "What the body told", Rafael Campo (1996)

Bio note

Mara Pieri holds a PhD in "Human Rights in Contemporary Societies" at the Centre for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra and a Master in Sociology at the University of Trento (Italy). Since 2017 she is a member of the Steering Committee of the Research Network on Sexuality of the ESA (European Sociological Society). Since 2018 she is coordinator of the Thematic Section on Sexuality and Gender of the APS (Portuguese Sociological Association). She combines an interest for disability studies with queer/crip studies, through an intersectional approach and a specific focus on chronic illness. In 2020, her PhD research won the "Controtempo" award of the Codici Ricerca e Intervento Foundation, for the dissemination of a guide for health professionals on LGBTQ+ issues and chronic illness.


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