Gender and Genre: Medical Humanities and the Moving Image

June 29, 2024


Gender and Genre: Medical Humanities & the Moving Image. A one-day symposium at Durham University (in person only), Wednesday 18th September 2024

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Join us on Wednesday 18th September for an exciting one-day symposium celebrating the latest work on moving images in the Medical Humanities. Hosted jointly by Durham University’s Discovery Research Platform for Medical Humanities and Linköping University’s Division of Gender Studies, Department of Thematic Studies, the day will be themed around the intersection of genre and gender, exploring ideas at the cutting edge of Literary Studies, Art History and Visual Studies, Film Studies, Critical Theory, Feminist Philosophy, Queer and Trans Theory, and Medical Humanities. We invite presentations on any aspect of the moving image: from visual social media content to moving image artworks to film and television, and anything in between or beyond.

We look forward to exploring how gender and genre are co-constituted, and how their inter-relations shapes ideas and experiences of health and illness. We hope to hear about how the visual and the narrative inter-relate, how genre can both limit and enable the depiction of experiences of illness, and how stories, visual forms, physical experiences, and aesthetic modes can be gendered, and can shape our experiences of gender. The day will explore the moving image as method in the medical humanities, foregrounding the ways that the visual can open up what it’s possible to know, to experience, to express. The symposium brings together themes of embodiment, power, art, story, meaning, knowledge, and history to tie conceptual questions about the nature and politics of visual representation to tangible examples in our lives, our bodies, and our experiences of illness and disability.

The day will bring together scholars from a range of disciplines, offering opportunities for connection and the possibility of future collaboration. We look forward to exploring together the future of the moving image in Medical Humanities, and to considering new horizons for this field of work.

Convened by: Veronica Heney (Durham University); Edyta Just (Linköping University); and Fiona Johnstone (Durham University).

Essential details:

Date: Wednesday 18th September 2024

Time: 09.00 to 17.30

Venue: Durham University. Tom Percival Annexe, Brooks House, Parsons Field, Durham DH1 3JP. This event is in-person only.

To register please click here: Eventbrite

Provisional Programme

9.00 – 9.30 Coffee and Introductions

9.30-11.00 Panel 1, Unspeakability, Horror, and Gendered Embodiment

Edyta Just, Supernatural Horror, Illness, and Narrative Practices

Sally Campbell, Involuntary childlessness and reframing failure in gynaehorror

Sara Damiani, The Hybrid Artistic Nudes of the Frankensteinian ‘Mad Scientists’: Organ Transplantation and Gender Performativity in contemporary cinema

Melissa Oliver-Powell, Missed Periods: Abortion Access, Bodies, and Cinematographic Uses of the Past in Period Drama

11.00-11.30 Coffee

11.30-13.00 Panel 2, Objects, Borders, Bodies: Artists’ Moving Image

Olivia Turner, Voicing Objects

Emily Beaney, Fluid Borders: Creative Collaboration and Collective Care in Moving Image Practice

Cat Chong, Genrecripping human/non-human collaborations: the role of queerness and disability in Abi Palmer Invents the Weather

Fiona Johnstone, Labour as Labour: reading pregnancy and birth as professional practice in Lyndsay Mann’s As You Were

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.30 Panel 3, Illness, Experience, and Storytelling

Malgorzata Bugaj, Genre and Gender in Representations of Dementia in Contemporary Cinema

Anjana Menon, Hair Loss, Gendered Trauma, and the Politics of Representation: A Feminist Analysis of Cancer Narratives in Malayalam Cinema

Kristen Loutensock, The New Good Doctor: White Masculinity and the Post-Obamacare Medical Drama

Lynn Wray, Moving Slowly: Drawing Attention to Slow Violence in the Domestic Everyday in Bhopal

Janice Howard, Uncertain Surfaces: Running, Writing, Experimental Filmmaking and Parkinson’s

15.30-16.00 Coffee

16.00-17.30 Panel 4, Spaces, Norms, and Imaginaries of Madness and Mental Wellbeing

Marta Cendese, Letters from the “brain hospital”: visualizing illness in Lotta Petronella’s film Själö: Island of Souls

Hester Hockin-Boyers, Visual representations of diet culture and generational conflict in the #almondmom trend on TikTok

Christina Wilkins, Male Mental Health and Suicide in Contemporary Drama Film

The Mad Feeling Collective, “I’m telling you, it actually happened”: Madness, Unreal Realism & Speculative TV

17.30-17.35 Wrap up

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