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Health and Embodiment: Narrative and Visual Cultures I

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Organizer: Lisa DeTora

Co-Organizer: Nora Peterson

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Theories of health and the body have been increasingly influenced by film, television, photography, pop art, and material culture— just as these forms have been impacted by theories of the body, health, and illness in global cultures. Today, academic work on visual forms extends beyond media or film studies into interdisciplinary work in women’s and gender studies, disability studies, and the various literary and cultural traditions. Readings of graphic narratives add to the rich body of research and pedagogy in various academic settings, from the undergraduate classroom to medical school. Each of these bodies of inquiry intersects with the health humanities. Session is co-sponsored by the ICLA Graphic Narratve Research Group. We seek papers that examine the role and function of visual culture in the health humanities. Topics may include but are not limited to: Treatments of medicine in television and film Medicine in news specials and documentaries Visual and textual rhetorics of bodies (of people, things, or knowledge) Visual culture in the health humanities classroom Graphic narratives as belletristic texts Visual culture of health, medicine and the body Treatments of medicine in television and film Fictional and nonfictional representations of health and illness Adaptations of belletristic sources to visual media such as film, television, or the graphic novel Graphic memoir/Illustrated illness narratives Historical images of medical apparatus or anatomy Biomedical objects as text

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