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Chisomo Kalinga

Chisomo Kalinga
Dr Chisomo Kalinga
Wellcome Trust Medical Humanities Fellow
G.3 22a Buccleuch Place Edinburgh UK EH8 9LN
+44(0)1316 515118
Research Interests
African Print and Oral Literature, Oral storytelling forms and traditions, Medical Humanities, Health & Human Rights, Malawiana culture and literature, Illness narratives, Narrative Medicine, Artistic representations of illness, wellbeing and health, Disease as Metaphor, The sick body

My Wellcome-funded project is titled "Tili Tonse (We are Listening): Mapping Oral Storytelling Traditions and Narratives with Health in Malawi)'. As part of this research, I am conducting oral literature fieldwork in communities near several strategically selected health centres to investigate links between traditional and modern storytelling practices and their intersections with health and wellbeing.

Through this funding and in collaboration with Chancellor College, University of Malawi, we intend to launch the Malawi Medical Humanities Network (MMHN), a platform for Malawiana researchers around the world to share events, programmes, projects and exhibiions that explore the link between health and the humanities.


McMaster University, Honours B.A., English Literature

George Mason University, Masters, English: Professional Writing and Editing                        

King’s College London, PhD, English Research


Book Review: ‘’Medical Cultures of the Early Modern Spanish Empire’ by John Slater, Maríaluz López-Terrada and José Pardo-Tomás’ at British Society for Literature and Science < >

Policy: ‘Promoting Human Rights and Access to Health Services in Prisons in Malawi: A Baseline Study’ VSO International Publications

Online Blog: ‘Confronting the Black Jezebel Stereotype: The contentious legacy of Brenda Fassie, South Africa’s pop princess’ The Dangerous Women Project 20 March 2016 < >

Online Magazine: ‘The Clubs Shaping Malawi’s Literary Future’ OkayAfrica 6 November 2015 < >

Article: ‘Prophecy, Power and AIDS in Wim Boswinkel’s Erina’ Journal of the African Literature Association Volume 9/Issue 2 2015

Book review: ‘Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’ Make: A Literary Magazine Issue 15/Misfits, 28 August 2014

Book Review: ‘Love, Money and HIV: Becoming a Modern African Woman in the Age of AIDS by Sanyu A. Mojola’ Centre for Medical Humanities blog, Durham University (18 November 2014) < >

Article: ‘Memorialising Sex, the Dying and the Dead in HIV/AIDS Drama: Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart and William Hoffman’s As Is’ Stet Journal, Issue 4 (June 2014)

Book review: ‘Whitman’s Queer Children by Catherine A. Davies’ Make: A Literary Magazine 22 August 2013 <>