CFP: Visual Image and the Future of the Medical Humanities

The Visual Image and the Future of the Medical Humanities

8-11 May 2014 (Thursday – Sunday), Open Gates Conference Center, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas

This conference brings together scholars, clinicians, scientific investigators and artists to discuss the role of visual images in the medical humanities and how they are being created, circulated and used in medical settings and beyond. We are interested in recognizing how visual images impact patients and healers (broadly defined) in dynamic ways and develop new languages in which to speak to and about them with people around the world. We see this conference as the first step in establishing a collaborative dialogue regarding the contemporary and historical status of the visual image within the medical humanities through a series of follow-up meetings and projects held in USA & Europe.

We invite abstracts under the following broad headings:

  • · Medical procedures and the visual image
  • · The visualization of the medical environment
  • · The patient’s self-image
  • · The medical image and historical change
  • · Images and Ethical Issues
  • · Visual Representation of Ageing
  • · Contexts of creation, circulation and use

We will be issuing a more detailed call for 250 word abstracts in September 2013 for presentation of 30 minute papers.


Jerome Crowder, Institute for the Medical Humanities, University of Texas Medical Branch (

Terence Wright, Art & Design Research Institute, University of Ulster ( <javascript)

Dan Price, The Honors College, University of Houston (