Ethics Under Cover: Comics, Medicine and Society, the fourth international conference on comics & medicine, is approaching! It takes place in Brighton, UK, July 5-7, 2013.
In the lead-up to the conference, the Graphic Medicine website, created and maintained by Ian Williams and MK Czerwiec, has been featuring profiles of members of the organizing committee. This week was my turn.
On April 19 and 20, 2013, I had the great pleasure of taking part in a mini-conference organized for the Toronto, Baltimore, and Georgia medical illustration graduate programs by David Rini of the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. I spoke about “Comics and Medicine: Surveying an Emerging Field”; as part of the talk, BMC grad students Laura Smith and Erin Warkentin gave short presentations on the magnificent graphic novellas they created in this year’s Comics & Medicine course at UofT.
On April 17, 2013, I presented on “Shaping the Intersex Body: The Ethical Dimension of Anatomical Illustration” as part of a colloquium at the Institute for the History & Philosophy of Science &Technology at UofT. It was an exciting and thought-provoking program featuring Lucia Dacome (“Blindfolding the Midwives: Modelling Childbirth’s Visual Culture in Eighteenth-Century Italy”), Martina Schlünder (“Picturing the Invisible—Imagining the Unknown: Birthing Machines and the Depiction of Birth Mechanics in Early 20th Century Obstetrical Research”), Erene Stergiopoulos (“A Brain Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Uses of Neuro Rhetoric in 21st Century Advertising”), and keynote speaker Ludmilla Jordanova (“Traces of Life: Reflections on Medical Portraiture”).