Workshop: ‘Medical Objects: An Interdisciplinary Workshop’, London

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Medical Objects: An Interdisciplinary Workshop
13 July 2016 at Birkbeck School of Arts

Venue: Keynes Library, Birkbeck School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square, London
10am-6pm 13 July 2015. Lunch and refreshments provided

An interdisciplinary enquiry into objects in medicine, featuring papers on medical technologies, texts, therapies and research objects, and the theoretical and disciplinary questions they raise. Registration is free but essential:

Generously supported by the Wellcome Trust.

Travel bursaries are available for those wishing to attend who are based outside London. (Subject to availability, and if oversubscribed preference will be given to students/unwaged). To apply please contact by 8 July 2016.


  • Dr Barry Murnane (Oxford University),  ‘The Pharmacology of Medical Things’
  • Dr Harriet Cooper (UEA), ‘Medical Objects, Medical Subjects: Some Reflections on Disciplinary Objectives and Attachments’
  • Dr William Viney (Durham), ‘Is That a Twin Thing?’
  • Dr Heather Tilley (Sussex), ‘Neurological Casenotes, 1860s-70s’
  • Dr Fiona Johnstone (Birkbeck), ‘Medical Objects or Works of Art?: The Adamson Collection’
  • Oisin Wall (Science Museum), ‘Cultural Optimism and Midcentury Modern Design of Medical Technology’
  • Dr Sophie Jones (Leeds), ‘The Prescription’
  • Dr Hallvard Haug (Birkbeck), ‘Dead Set on Staying Alive: Intensive Care Apparatus and Post-Mortem Preparation for Cryonics’
  • Harriet Barratt Dorling (Birkbeck), ‘Stomach Pumps and Dressing Tables: Absent and Insistent Objects in the Life and Work of Virginia Woolf’
  • Dr Lisa Mullen (Birkbeck), ‘Podcast: Bodies and Objects’: Featuring interviews with doctors and patients about their experiences of the material culture of medicine.

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