Body Knowledge

Welcome to the website for Body Knowledge: Medicine and the Humanities in Conversation.

Between 2 and 4 September 2013, WiSER will convene three days of intensive conversation among scholars and practitioners from a wide variety of disciplines.

There is no conference fee. Attendance of the conference is free. However, ALL participants must register their attendance. Please register here if you have not yet done so.

In addition to panel sessions, there will be plenary lectures by Professor Julie Livingston (Rutgers) and Professor Jane Taylor (Leeds) as well as several roundtable discussions.

  • An updated version of the Body Knowledge Conference programme is available here.
  • Information for delegates (including venues, transport, and general advice about Johannesburg) can be found here.

Attached to our conference, a special exhibition of work by Colin Richards begins on 15 August. Curated by Professor Penny Siopis (UCT), hosted by the Origins Centre, A Fine Line reveals the connections between Richards’ earlier work as an anatomical illustrator and his famous later paintings. Also at the Origins Centre, and connected to Body Knowledge, is a must-see installation by Debbie Glencross entitled Facing Origins.

To read more about A Fine Line, see here.

In addition to these exhibitions, Origins will host two public talks: 'Medicine and Art: A Long Conversation,' and a debate on the Paleo Diet.

  • For more on the events at the Origins Centre, see here.
  • To find out about the Medical Humanities at WiSER, and why we've organised this conference, see here. Also, check out our list of interesting blogs and articles.