Academic Conferences

Our next academic conference will take place at the University of Kent in Canterbury on April 21-22, 2016.

In collaboration with the School of English at the University of Kent, we will be presenting a one day symposium and full day workshop on "Artists' Books and the Medical Humanities: An Interdisciplinary Symposium and Workshop" using our collection of artists' books by Martha Hall, which will be on exhibit at the Beaney Museum through August 2016.

This symposium, co-organized by the University of Kent’s School of English and the University of New England’s Maine Women Writers Collection, will explore connections between artists’ books, health/illness and medicine. It will also launch Prescriptions, an exhibition of book art by Martha A. Hall, on loan from the University of New England, which will run until the 14th of August in the Beaney House of Art & Knowledge.

Martha Hall’s books, created from 1998 until her death in 2003, engage with several ongoing issues in the field of the medical humanities, including illness narratives, representations of women’s bodies and patient-doctor relationships. These themes find unique expression through the medium’s intimacy, immediacy and complexity that not only challenges the conventional book form but also offers a palpable experience of the patient’s world.

Prescriptions will include a supporting show of artists’ books by national and international artists responding to themes of art and wellbeing that is curated by Dr Stella Bolaki (University of Kent) and Egidija Čiricaitė (artist).

Full symposium program is available here.

In addition to the Welcome Trust’s support, Artists’ Books and the Medical Humanities has received generous funding from: The Maine Women Writers Collection; Department of English; Westbrook College of Health Professions; and Women’s and Gender Studies (University of New England); as well as from The Centre for Gender, Sexuality and Writing; The Centre for American Studies; and the Faculty of Humanities (University of Kent).

In the coming year, we will make our past conference programs available on UNE's Digital Commons site DUNE.

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