Virtual ProgramMonday, October 18

12-04 Ethnographic Comics: Community-Driven Opioid Use Disorder Ethnography + Community-Centered Comics = A Stigma and Harm Reduction Practice

Monday, October 18, 11:15 am–12:45 pm

  session will be recorded and available for later viewing online

Sponsored by the Archives and Libraries Section


Chair: Randy Williams (Utah State University, emerita)

Forum participants:

Erin Fanning Madden (Wayne State University)

April Robinson ()

Katie Zaman (Utah State University)

Utah State University’s Informing the National Narrative: Stories of Utah’s Opioid Crisis digital collection (2019-2020), includes 31 oral histories, with a focus toward Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) stigma and harm reduction. An outcome of the project are community-centered ethnographic comics. Why comics? Comics help the reader remember that the story belongs to the subject. Our project uses comics to reduce stigma around OUD and harm reduction by humanizing the subjects and engaging readers in a process of co-imagination that allows them to see and feel the humanity of the subject’s experience, and connect with empathy and compassion.