Body Knowledge: Medicine and the Humanities in Conversation

Between 2 and 4 September 2013, we convened Body Knowledge: Medicine and the Humanities in Conversation. This was the first conference on the medical humanities to be held in southern Africa, and brought together scholars from a wide variety of disciplines, and from all over the world.

Professor Julie Livingston, who presented one of our plenary lectures, has recently been awarded a MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant. To find out more about her award-winning monograph, Improvising Medicine: An African Oncology Ward in an Emerging Cancer Epidemic (2012), see here.

The conference was covered by the Mail and Guardian, our media partner:

  • Catherine Burns and Ashlee Masterson discuss art, science, the medical humanities and the Body Knowledge conference.
  • Susan Levine and Steve Reid argue for the significance of the arts in the practice of medicine.
  • Jane Taylor looks at the long history of collaboration between the arts and medical sciences.
  • Patrick Randolph-Quinney describes how art has enriched anatomy.
  • Raimi Gbadamosi examines the social and cultural construction of albinism.
  • Thabisani Ndlovu and Maxwell Kadenge on the booming business for penis enlargement in Johannesburg.

You can also take a look at the programme, and find out more about our lead-up events organised with the Origins Centre. One of these was an exhibition of work by Colin Richards, curated by Penny Siopis. Here are her notes on the exhibition, and this is an interview with her, published also in the Mail and Guardian.