This workshop brings together speakers and practitioners from several different disciplines – anthropology, history of medicine, visual culture studies, cultural history, and art—to consider the bodily, medical, and cultural meanings of trauma and repair. Together we will think about and discuss where the experience of injury, especially to the face, and the practices of surgery intersect and interact.
Our first session includes presentations by an anthropologist, an artist, and a historian of medicine who all work on faces, trauma, and medicine. After a coffee break, our second session will feature keynote speaker Dr Suzannah Biernoff, Senior Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Visual Culture at Birkbeck and author of the recent Portraits of Violence: War and the Aesthetics of Disfigurement), followed by a broad collective discussion of the afternoon’s presentations and themes.
We particularly encourage postgrads and early career researchers to attend. An archivist from the John Rylands University Library will be available to discuss recently catalogued holdings of interest to medical humanities scholars, teachers, and practitioners.
The event is free to all, but please register your attendance via Eventbrite (link below), where a map and more detailed programme will be available.
1 pm: Registration and arrival
Welcome and introductions
Dr Elizabeth Toon
Trauma, repair, transgression and transformation: Living with facial ‘disfigurement’
Dr Anne-Marie Martindale
Facing out: A portraiture project exploring facial cancer and the gaze
Between trauma and repair: The surgical operation in Dorothy Davison's medical illustrations
Dr Harriet Palfreyman
Dr Suzannah Biernoff (Birkbeck)
Keynote: Facelessness in Georges Franju’s Les yeux sans visage
Led by Prof Ana Carden-Coyne
Please register via Eventbrite at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/trauma-and-repair-a-medical-humanities-laboratory-workshop-tickets-43096228981
The Medical Humanities Laboratory is a network founded at the University of Manchester that encourages collaboration and exchange amongst those whose work, practice, and interests involve the artistic, humanistic, and human dimensions of medicine and health. For more information, please see our blog at https://medhumlabmanchester.org/, follow us on Twitter at @MedHumLab, or join our mailing list by emailing Dr Elizabeth Toon at elizabeth.toonatmanchester.ac.uk
This event is funded by a John Rylands Research Institute events grant.