The Nordic Network for Gender, Body, Health celebrated its 10th year with the conference Curating Health; Graphic Medicine and Visual Representations of Illness at Stockholm University (3-4 December 2018). In addition to graphic medicine, presentations covered other forms of (experimental) visual representation such as autobiography and memoir and visual narratives. In particular, the conference addressed the power differentials of gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, crip, queer and ageing in visual cultures of health and illness. The conference included keynotes by Lisa Diedrich (Stony Brook University, US) and Ian Williams (Graphic Medicine, UK).
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Monday December 3 

9.15 – 9.45 Registration (Building D, floor 3)

9.45 – 11.45: Parallel session I

Panel A: Images of Care and Self-care (D220)

  • ‘Fleshing out the Pain Within: Sharing and Caring Online’ (Ina Hallström, Stockholm University, Sweden).
  • ‘Exploring intimacy and care in Dorothea Lynch’s and Eugene Richards’ collaborative project Exploding into Life (1986) and Angelo Merendino’s photographic essay The Battle We Didn’t Choose – My Wife’s Fight with Breast Cancer (2013)’, (Agnese Sile, Aberdeen University, UK).
  • ‘Diabetes Year One: Drawing my pathography: comics, poetry and the medical self’, (Tony Pickering, MMU, UK).

Panel B: Trauma and Disability in Graphic Medicine (E420)

  • ‘Shadows, Reflections, and Fragments: Embodied Experiences of Illness and Trauma in Katie Green’s Lighter than my Shadow’ (Katrina Longhurst, University of Leeds, UK).
  • ‘Obesity Politics in Spanish Graphic Novel and Film’ (Ryan Prout, Cardiff University, UK)
  • ‘Disabling Surroundings: Coming to Terms with Difference in Cece Bell’s El Deafo’ (Madalina Meirosu, Swarthmore College, UK)

11.45 – 13.00: lunch

13.00 – 14.30: Keynote: Ian Williams, ‘Inside Out: Perception to Page’ (Lecture hall B3)

14.30 – 15.00: Coffee

15.00 – 17.00: Parallel session II

Panel A: Representing Affect (E387)

  • ‘Being Depressed in a Mad World’, (Arsev Ayşen Arslanoğlu Yıldıran, Artvin Coruh University, Turkey).
  • ‘U;REDD (FEARLESS) – exhibiting anxiety’, (Nina Eide and Marte Huke, Norway)
  • ‘Figurative Sculpture and Emotional Loss: Melancholy-Mercy-Transcendence’, (Päivi Miettunen, University of Calgary, Canada)

Panel B: Exploring Cancer in Graphic Medicine (E397)

  • ‘Narrating the Unnarratable. The Depiction of Cancer in Graphic Memoirs’, (Christian Lenemark, University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
  • ‘Visual metaphors of the gendered medical gaze in graphic illness narratives about cancer’, (Elisabeth El Refaie, Cardiff University, UK).
  • ‘Straight Cancer in a Queer Body’, (Kimiko Tobimatsu, Toronto, Canada)

19.00 Conference dinner, Chutney, Katarina Bangata 19 (T-stop: Medborgarplatsen)


Tuesday December 4 

9.30 – 11.30: Parallel session III

Panel A: Visualising Biomedicine (E387)

  • Using graphic medicine as a teaching tool in the medical school’ (Liz Brewster, Lancaster University, UK)
  • ‘Journey of a Medical Student: Importance of Creating Art as a Means to Process Complex Emotions and Immortalize Patient Interactions’ (Ainna P. Randhawa, Paivi M. Miettunen, University of Calgary, Canada)
  • ‘Blood Culture: Reimag(in)ing Life at a Cellular Level’ (Katy Connor, Maria Fannin, Julie Kent, University of Bristol, UK).

Panel B: Curating Medicalised Bodies (420)

  • ‘Cataloguing Audrey’, (Elena Carter and Anthony Day, Wellcome Collection, UK).
  • ‘AIDS and the art of self-representation: self-portraiture during the first two decades of AIDS in America’, (Fiona Johnstone, University of Warwick, UK).
  • ‘Sick Sad Women: Examining stock photos in popular menstrual discourse’, (Rosanna Stevens, Australian National University, Australia).

11.30 – 13.00: lunch

13.00 – 14.30: Keynote: Lisa Diedrich (Stony Brook University) ‘Graphic analysis: On drawing illness and care as queer in graphic narratives’ (Lecture hall D9)

14.30 – 14.45: Coffee

14.45 – 15.15 Isa Dussauge, ‘Fostret/The Fetus: Animating Cultural History in 3 Minutes’ (Lecture hall D9)

15.15 – 16.30:  Roundtable with Lisa Diedrich, Ian Williams, Lisa Käll, Isa Dussauge (Lecture hall D9)

16.30 Closing Reception