Call for papers health and art history – deadline 1 August 2014

A Picture of Health: Representations and Imaginings of Wellbeing and Illness will take place on 7 November 2014.

Organised by the Association of Art Historians, the conference will seek to address the relationship between art and health across different historical periods, with a particular emphasis on what the discipline of art history might bring to the study of visual objects and images in the emerging field of the medical humanities. Paper proposals are invited from graduate students and early career scholars working with visual materials in a wide range of disciplines including but not limited to art history, fine arts, film and visual culture, art therapy, medicine and literary or cultural studies. Topics might address notions of art and health across all periods and contexts, at both ‘micro’ and ‘macro’ levels, from specific case studies about particular artists, works or medical collaborations, to broader historiographical investigations.

The conference will take place at the Wellcome Trust, London, on 7 Nov 2014, and will include keynotes from art historian Suzannah Biernoff (Birkbeck) and artist Christine Borland (BALTIC Professor, Northumbia). Papers should be 20 minutes in length. Abstracts of 250 words and a brief biography indicating your institutional affiliation should be submitted as a single Word.doc by email. All speakers must be members of the AAH.