Call for Papers | Visualising the Medical Humanities: A Symposium

François Sallé, 'The Anatomy Class at the École des Beaux-Arts,' (detail) 1888, oil on canvas, 218 x 299 cm, Art Gallery of New South Wales
Thursday 8 April 2021

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.

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