Thinking Through (In)Visibility in the Health Archive

Thinking Through (In)Visibility in the Health Archive

Dr Fiona Johnstone, Dr Marie Allitt, Dr Ashleigh Blackwood, Dr Bentley Crudgington, Dr Ilaria Grando, Dr Katherine Rawling, Olivia Turner and Dr Jacqueline WaldockZoom

What elements of research experience might still be invisible to medical humanities researchers and creative practitioners? In 2019, a group of ECRs from the Northern Network for Medical Humanities set out to investigate what might be gained by ‘doing’ medical humanities through objects, images and artworks, engaging critically and creatively with the holdings of Wellcome Collection and exploring the archival encounter in ways that have to date remained unseen. Against the unexpected backdrop of a global health crisis, this group of scholars formed the Wellcome Trust project, ‘Thinking Through Things: Object Encounters in the Medical Humanities’, designed to mobilise the interdisciplinary and creative expertise that has fuelled the field for over two decades to make visible new futures for scholarship and practice. The project has successfully brought together a cohort of over 40 new generation scholars, in-person, online and in writing, to develop and extend the visual and material turn in the medical humanities. We now invite you to enter into the project’s own ‘Archival Imaginarium’, a space of creative and innovative research, to share a toolbox of new approaches, ideas, experiences, and methods for engaging with health objects. This session comprises a launch screening of ‘Thinking Through Things’, a short video resource, capturing the range of ways in which the project has engaged with its subject and Wellcome’s holdings, followed by a roundtable discussion with the project’s investigator team.

Investigator Team, ‘Thinking Through Things: Object Encounters in the Medical Humanities’: PI Dr Fiona Johnstone (Durham University); and Co-Is Dr Marie Allitt (University of Leeds/University of Oxford); Dr Ashleigh Blackwood (University of Northumbria); Dr Bentley Crudgington (Manchester University); Dr Ilaria Grando (University of York); Dr Katherine Rawling (University of Leeds); Olivia Turner (Newcastle University); and Dr Jacqueline Waldock (University of Liverpool).

Durham University, University of Leeds, University of Oxford, University of Northumbria, Manchester University, University of York Newcastle University, University of Liverpool
Thu 09:30 - 11:00
Creative Methodologies, Visual Culture
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