Ethics and Aesthetics in the Visual Medical Humanities
An ECR Workshop
Wednesday 1st April, 2020,
11.00 – 5.00, St Chad’s College, Durham University
The aim of this workshop is to address pressing concerns relating to the uses and abuses of art and visual culture in medical humanities. It will consider the opportunities and challenges in working collaboratively with creative practitioners, and address multiple ethical concerns regarding the dissemination of sensitive materials in medical humanities research.
In part, the workshop will address the following questions and concerns:
What practicalities need to be considered by researchers in ‘traditional’ disciplines who would like to work collaboratively with artists and other creative practitioners?
What should we consider when using images and visual culture in our research?
What context and additional information must we offer when sharing sensitive images pertaining to health and medicine?
While individual universities require formal ethical approval for many aspects of research, the medical humanities pose further questions and concerns about how we display, share, contextualise, and present details of real lives and often sensitive subject matter. The discussion will include advice on how to use and share images on social media, in presentations, exhibitions, and public engagement events, in ways which are respectful of individuals throughout history, and for an audience to view safely.
Dr Fiona Johnstone (Durham University)
Dr Katherine Rawling (University of Leeds)
Dr Beatriz Pichel (De Montfort University)
The workshop is open to all ECRs working in medical
(ECRs: early career researchers not in a permanent post).
The workshop is free to attend, and will include lunch. Places are limited.
A number of travel bursaries are available.
Please send a short biography and expression of interest to
Marie Allitt ku.ca1596594803.sdee1596594803l@tti1596594803llA.C1596594803.M1596594803,
by Monday 16th March 2020.
Please provide estimated details of travel costs if you would like to be considered for a travel bursary.
This event is organised by Dr Marie Allitt, Postdoctoral Research Assistant for the Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research, with the support of Durham’s Institute for Medical Humanities and the University of Leeds, and the Wellcome Trust.