Date: 13th April 2017
Location: Highfield House, University of Nottingham, University Park Campus
Reading Bodies, Writing Minds is a one-day conference to be held at the University of Nottingham on 13 April 2017. The conference will investigate representations from the arts and social sciences of suffering, seeing, and treating mental illness. This interdisciplinary event is intended to foster communication between different study areas and subjects and to that end we invite abstracts addressing historical and modern entanglements of medicine and the humanities. The conference’s two keynote speakers are Dr. Mary Ann Lund of the University of Leicester, specialising in Elizabethan-era melancholy, and Dr. Chantelle Saville of the University of Auckland, speaking on medieval theory of emotion.
For colleagues who wish to be considered to present a paper (not in excess of 20 minutes in length), please submit by 1st February 2017 an abstract of no more than 250 words outlining the paper and the area of research.
Submissions might include, but are not restricted to, the following topics:
- Historical perspectives on mood and emotion.
- Metaphors and artistic forms commonly or historically associated with mental health.
- Modern treatments or analogues of historical artistic approaches to mental health.
- How medical texts and texts about mental health and illness represent and construct their ideal reader.
All accepted papers will be considered for peer-review and potential publication in an edited volume of conference proceedings. This event is supported by funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Midlands 3 Cities organisation.
Abstracts should be sent to: MedicalHumanities2017@gmail.com.
For general enquiries: please email the above address and address to Martin Brooks.