CFP: Visualising the Medical Humanities: A symposium

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Call for Papers
May 14, 2021
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Health and Health Care, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Public Health


Call for Papers

Visualising the Medical Humanities: A Symposium

Thursday 22 July 2021

Australian National University

Organisers: Keren Hammerschlag and Rebecca Blake


The Centre for Art History and Art Theory in the School of Art and Design at the Australian National University is hosting a one-day symposium devoted to emerging scholarship in the Visual Medical Humanities.


The Visual Medical Humanities, which encompasses museum studies, art history and art practice, has been recognised as a major area for research and teaching innovation in the new critical Medical Humanities. This symposium will offer a forum for the visualisation of new possibilities for the critical Medical Humanities, especially in Australia, through an examination of the many and varied intersections between the visual and the medical. Of particular interest are subjects that traverse temporal and geographic boundaries, and intersect with disability studies, critical race theory, or gender and queer theory.


We welcome proposals by scholars and practitioners working across disciplines and specialities who engage critically with one or more of the following topics:


Visual Cultures of Western and Non-Western Medicine

Depictions of Health and Disease

Art and Disability

Museum Practice and the Ethics of Display

Picturing Public Health

Bioethics, and the Politics of Healthcare

Medicine, Disease and Drugs in Contemporary Art


The symposium will be taking place in-person with a virtual option. To accommodate COVID health and safety regulations, numbers will be limited.


Proposals of 200 words for 20-minute papers should be submitted to Keren Hammerschlag via e-mail no later than 5pm on Friday 14 May 2021. Please also submit a 1-page CV.

Contact Info: 

Dr Keren Hammerschlag

Centre of Art History and Theory

School of Art and Design

Australian National University

Canberra A.C.T. 2601