New Voices Conferences

New Voices are annual, one-day conferences of new doctoral scholarship that take place at different universities throughout the UK.

New Voices 2014
'A Picture of Health: Representations and Imaginations of Wellbeing and Illness'
Wellcome Trust, London
9.00 - 20.00, 7 November 2014
book online

New Voices events provide a forum for current doctoral students of art history and visual culture to present and discuss their current research amongst fellow students and researchers. Open to all.

Schedule overview:
Registration from 9.00
Papers 9.30 - 17.30
Keynotes and reception: 18.00 - 20.00

Keynote Speakers

• Dr Suzannah Biernoff, Department of History of Art, Birkbeck, University of London
• Christine Borland, BALTIC Professor, Northumbria University
Introduction by Ross MacFarlane, Research Engagement Officer, Wellcome Library

What is the relationship between art and health, and how has it varied across different historical periods and disciplines?

Paintings, drawings and sculptures have long played a significant role in the care and portrayal of the sick, from the16th-century Isenheim altarpiece, painted for a monastery that nursed plague sufferers and patients with skin diseases, to contemporary art and medical research collaborations, outreach workshops and the art collections of modern-day hospitals. Artists themselves have engaged with medicine in a number of different ways, ranging from technical illustration to expressive portrayals of the subjective experience of illness, while historical psycho-biographical readings of art and modern-day biopics have perpetuated the association between mental illness and ‘creative genius’. In recent years Medical Humanities has emerged as an important new area of interdisciplinary study. Scholars have increasingly focused on images and art objects in their enquiries into the culture of medicine.


Agnese Sile (University of Aberdeen): Voicing the Unspeakable – Dialogue and Dialectic Space in Dorothea Lynch and Eugene Richard’s photo essay Exploding into Life

Amy Robson (Plymouth University): Class Contagions and Canine Culprits: Rabid Representations and the Middle Class Imagination in Victorian Britain

Cleo Roberts (University of Liverpool): Health and The Ganges: Imperial Representations of Illness and Death

Danny Rees (Wellcome Trust): Duchenne and ‘electric’ emotions

Gary Haines (Birkbeck, University of London): A Purchase Made a Debt Repaid: The representation in the Imagination of the Blinded British Soldier of the First World War

Imogen Wiltshire (University of Birmingham): Exhibiting The Arts in Therapy: The Museum of Modern Art and Rehabilitation During the Second World War

Maija Tammi (Aalto University, Helsinki): Representing Sickness in a Gallery: Photography as Abject

Martin Beaulieu (L'Université du Québec, Montréal): The National Film Board of Canada and the Theraputic Film: the Creation of the series Mental Mechanisms

Pat Walton (University of Cumbria): Chronic pain within a family context: an art project informed by lived experience

Samuel Raybone (Courtauld Institute of Art): The pathological working-class body. Charles Négre and the Asile imperial de Vincennes in the French Second Empire

New Voices events are organised by the AAH students group, but open to all. This event is supported by Supported by the Wellcome Trust and Birkbeck School of Arts & Centre for Medical Humanities. Event organisers: Sophie Frost, Fiona Johnstone & Nicola McCartney

Tickets: book online (includes keynotes, refreshments and wine reception)

We cannot offer refunds for this event.

Image information:
 Christine Borland, 2011. Film Still - NoBodies; Cast From Nature. 12 minute 30 second film, H.D. (Made possible by The Morton Award for lens based
media, 2010)

 Previous 'New Voices' Conferences

New Voices: Art and Decolonisation, 16 November 2013, HMI, Leeds (programme)
Art and its Hierarchies, November 24th 2012, University of Nottingham  (timetable, speakers and abstracts)
Madness and Revolt, 25 November 2011, University of Edinburgh (full programme, speaker biographies and paper abstracts)
Art & Tradition, 6 November 2010, University of Birmingham
Art & Desire, 7 November 2009, University of York. (Full timetable, Speaker's Abstracts, Speaker's Biographies)
Art & Authenticity, 1 November 2008, University of Cambridge, Newnham College ( programme)
Art & Memory, Courtauld Institute of Art, London - November 2007 - programme
Surface Effects, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds - June 2007
Picturing People: Image and Representation’, University of Birmingham - May 2006
University of Nottingham - November 2005
Birkbeck College - May 2005 
University of Reading - November 2004
Henry Moore Institute - May 2004
Cambridge - November 2003
Loughborough - May 2003

AAH Student Conference
London - November 2001
Plymouth - May 2001
Edinburgh - February 2001
Birmingham - November 2000
Sussex - May 2000
London - November 1999
Liverpool - May 1999
Nottingham - February 1999
Oxford - May 1998

Christine Borland, 2011. Film Still - NoBodies; Cast From Nature Christine Borland, 2011. Film Still - NoBodies; Cast From Nature