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14 November: Representing Pain and Illness: Public lecture and panel discussion

    When? Friday, 14 November 2014, 17.15 – 19.30
    Where? Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1 0PD


    • 17.15: Welcome
    • 17.30: 'Pain and the Art of Amputation' - Joanna Bourke, Professor of History at Birkbeck and author of The Story of Pain: From Prayer to Painkillers (Oxford University Press, 2014).
    • 18.30: Panel discussion with artist Deborah Padfield, Joanna Zakrzewska (Honorary Professor, University College London Hospitals) and Alan Radley, (Emeritus Professor, Social Sciences, Loughborough University). Chaired by Jo Winning, Director of the Centre for Medical Humanities, Birkbeck.
    • 19.30: Drinks reception in the Keynes Library
    • 20.15: Close

    Podcasts from the event

    This event was sponsored by the Wellcome Trust and the Birkbeck Centre for Medical Humanities.

15 November: Visualising Illness Workshop

    When? Saturday, 15 November 2014
    Where? Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1 0PD

    Hosted by the Birkbeck Centre for Medical Humanities, and supported by a Wellcome Trust Medical Humanities Meetings grant, this one-day workshop was aimed at initiating a multi-disciplinary conversation about images of illness. Follow the links for more information about the workshop participants or to view images in the online gallery.

    You can read a review of this event on The Centre for Medical Humanities website.

    If you are interested in taking part in a similar event, or would like to join the Visualising Illness reading group at Birkbeck, please email the project convenors, Suzannah Biernoff and Fiona Johnstone

    Workshop Participants

    • Susan Aldworth (visual artist)
    • Rachael Allen (visual artist)
    • Suzannah Biernoff (Department of History of Art, Birkbeck)
    • Joanna Bourke (Professor of History, Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, Birkbeck)
    • Ana Carden-Coyne (Co-director of the Centre for the Cultural History of War, University of Manchester)
    • Tom Corby (visual artist and academic, University of Westminster)
    • Fiona Johnstone (PhD Researcher, Department of History of Art, Birkbeck)
    • Javier Moscoso (Research Professor of History and Philosophy of Science, Spanish National Research Council)
    • Helen Omand (visual artist and art psychotherapist)
    • Deborah Padfield (Research Associate, Slade School of Fine Art and UCLH artist in residence)
    • Kristina Page (visual artist and art psychotherapist)
    • Alan Radley (Emeritus Professor, Social Sciences, Loughborough University)
    • Jac Saorsa (visual artist)
    • Karen Taylor (Arts Manager, Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Trust)

    Questions raised at Visualising Illness

    Many questions emerged during the Visualising Illness panel discussion and workshop on 14 and 15 November 2014.

    A sense of the challenges involved in representing, exhibiting and looking at illness and pain, and the directions that future collaborations might take, are summarised in the Workshop Report [PDF document, 180 KB].