There are still a few spaces left for It’s Not What You Think – Communicating Medical Materialities – an interdisciplinary workshop at Medical Museion, March 8th-9th 2013. Those interested are invited to submit up to 300 words, one page of text/image, a short piece of audio or video, or a small package communicating why they would like to take part to by December 1st. Decisions will be announced after Christmas.

The workshop responds to growing cross-disciplinary interest in the material relationships between embodied experience and a techno-scientific world – and to the difficulties many of these disciplines have with communicating why materiality is important, and the effects it has on us. As an experimental meeting place for people with a wide range of interests in materiality, medicine and communication – from STS scholars and anthropologists to artists, designers, museum curators, and media scholars – the format will also be experimental, utilizing object sessions, shared discussions and trips to the archives. We plan to delineate some shared problems, for which we can develop partial solutions, pragmatic fixes, and novel approaches.

Invited participants confirmed so far include Sam Alberti (Royal College of Surgeons), Ken Arnold (Wellcome Collection), Annamaria Carusi (U Copenhagen), Sarah Davies (Arizona State University), Sandra Dudley (School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester), Anthony Dunne (Royal College of Art, London and Dunne & Raby Design Studio), Maja Horst (U Copenhagen), Jenell Johnson (U Madison-Wisconsin), Angela Last (Central Saint Martins College Of Art and Design, London), Lucy Lyons (City & Guilds of London Art School), David Pantalony (Canada Science and Technology Museum, and U Ottawa), and Thomas Söderqvist (U Copenhagen).

Feel free to email Louise Whiteley on with any questions. The workshop is supported by the NNF Center for Basic Metabolic Research section for Science Communication.


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