'The Anatomy Class at the École des Beaux-Arts': a painting by François Sallé

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 on Thursday 22 July 2021 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.

Presentations are sought from 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

Date: Thursday 22 July 2021

The symposium will take 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 keren.hammerschlag@anu.edu.au no later than 5pm on Friday 14 May 2021. Please also submit a 1-page CV.

For further information see https://soad.cass.anu.edu.au/news/call-papers-visualising-medical-humanities-symposium.