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Publié le jeudi 12 mars 2020 par Céline Guilleux

Résumé

Following Broadcasting health and disease in 2017 and Tele(visualing) Health 2018, this third conference on medical television in the framework of the ERC funded BodyCapital project and in a joint venture with the Science Museum London intends to locate medical television more precisely – it intends to engage (medical) TV history with recent questions concerning the relevance of space within and beyond national borders.

Annonce

An International Conference organised by ERC BodyCapital & the Science Museum Dana Research Centre

Argument

Medical television programmes, across their history, have had specific relationships to places and spaces:

On the one level, they have represented medical and health places: consulting rooms, hospitals, the home, community spaces, public health infrastructures and the rest. As television-producers have represented these places, there has been an interaction with the developing capabilities of television technologies and grammars. Moreover, producers have borrowed their imaginaries of medical and health places from other media (film, photographs, museum displays etc.) and integrated, adjusted and reformulated them into their work.

But medical television has also worked spatially in the political sense of being broadcast internationally, at the national level, and locally, interacting with differing regimes and polities. It may include regional and local broadcast as well as straddling public-private divides, including pay television, advertisement and audience measurement.

At both levels, medical television has served to represent familiar and unfamiliar locations and medical modes back to patients and medical or health practitioners.  

Following Broadcasting health and disease organised with Wellcome Collection in 2017 and Tele(visualing) Health organised with London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2018, this third conference on medical television in the framework of the ERC funded BodyCapital project and in a joint venture with the Science Museum London intends to locate medical television more precisely – it intends to engage (medical) TV history with recent questions concerning the relevance of space within and beyond national borders. By comparative approaches, or under consideration of (sometimes contradictory) local, national and global developments, the conference intends to address the following themes:

  • Locating medical television within global, national or local markets, politics and polities.
  • Locating medical television as a means of new globally influenced medical communication in the public sphere from publicizing medical breakthroughs and frontier research to disseminating public health messages
  • How television has represented medical location, and how that has depended on available technology and technique.
  • Locating medical television within health communication and mediation including fairs, museums and collection displays.
  • Comparisons with and transitions to other medical media, including exhibitions and displays, and film.

Papers and discussion will focus on national, regional or even local frameworks and aims to consider the history of health-related (audio-) visuals from entangled comparative perspectives or as a history of transfers.

Registration

Attendance is open, but registration is necessary. To register or for further information: tkoenig@unistra.fr  /  bodycapital.unistra.fr

The conference is organized by the ERC funded research group BodyCapital and by the Science Museum Dana Research Centre.

Direction

The healthy self as body capital: individuals, market-based societies and body politics in visual twentieth century Europe (BodyCapital) project is directed by Christian Bonah and Anja Laukötter at the Université de Strasbourg. The project is funded by the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (Advanced Grant agreement No 694817).

Programme

Wednesday 18 March 2020

  • 13:00-14:00 Registration (with tea/coffee)
  • 14:00-15:00 Tour of the Science Museum's Medicine Galleries

OPENING

15:00-16:00 Christian Bonah (Université de Strasbourg), Anja Laukötter (Université de Strasbourg/MPIHD-Berlin) and Tim Boon (Science Museum): Introduction 

Session 1. Medical television: explorations beyond the screen

  • 16:00-16:45 David Cantor (Instituto de Desarrollo Económico y Social (IDES), Buenos Aires): Pollution and Purification: Media and the Metaphors of Cancer and the Gangster, 1930-1970 
  • 16:45-17:15 Tea / coffee break

Session 2. Locating themes of medical television

  • 17:15-17:45 Lukas Herde (PhD candidate, Université de Strasbourg): “There will be more about older lovers…” Television and the promotion of health and sexual wellbeing in later life
  • 17:45-18:15 Amélie Kratz (PhD candidate, Université de Strasbourg): When children come into the kitchen. Children’s cooking shows in the 1950’s and the televised kitchen
  • 18:15-18:45 Stephen Gene Morris (PhD candidate, University of Kent): Televisual accounts ofmindfulness: Locating meditation as therapy

19:00 evening reception and book launch, Dana Centre Research Centre Foyer

Thursday 19 March 2020

Keynote lecture

  • 10:00-11:00 Jérôme Bourdon (Tel Aviv University): Liveness and the theatre of emotions: the televised body in media history

Session 3. Bodies, medical spaces and television techniques

  • 11:15-12:00 Karen Lury (University of Glasgow): Locating ‘The Human Body’ on the BBC: inside and out
  • 12:00-12:45 Laura Niebling (Regensburg University): The camera in the operating room: Early medical television as a telemedicine device in the United States, 1920s-1950s

12:45-13:30 lunch break

Session 4. Health communication and its mediation

  • 13:30-14:15 Tim Snelson (University of East Anglia): Shock Treatments: televising electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) during the long-1960s
  • 14:15- 15:00 Hannah Selby (University of Brighton): Locating the treatment of mental health on British Public Service television
  • 15:00-15:45 Sandra Schnädelbach (Université de Strasbourg/MPIHD-Berlin): (Un)Healthy Tunes:Evaluations of Body, Mind and Music in Socialist Television

15:45-16:15 Tea/coffee break

Session 5. Television between local and national political framings

  • 16:15-17:00 Patricia Holland (Independent researcher): The politics of medical television across the 1980s
  • 17:00-17:45 Jean-Philippe Heurtin (Université de Strasbourg): Television staging and reception of medical scenes in the French telethon
  • 17:45- 18:30 Christian Bonah & Joël Danet (Université de Strasbourg): On the road again. Car travel, the televisual narrative of medical practices in rural regions
  • 19:00 film screening, Dana Centre Library and Research Centre

Friday 20 March 2020

Keynote lecture

10:00-11:00 John Ellis (Royal Holloway, University of London): What Television Could and Could Not Achieve: Lessons from the Hands-on History of Television Technologies

Session 6. Medicine at the frontier of tele-communication

  • 11:15-12:00 David Freis (University of Münster): Televising the Future: The 1970 Houston–Davos TV Broadcast and the Future of Medicine in the Space Age
  • 12:00-12:45 Sheryl Hamilton (Carlton University): When the medium really is the message: CDC-TV, health promotion and the hybrid televisual

12:45-13:30 lunch break

Closing

13:30-14:00 Virginia Berridge (LSHTM, London): Commentary

Scientific committee

The scientific committee includes:

  • Christian Bonah (Université de Strasbourg)
  • Anja Laukötter (Max-Planck-Institute for Human Development, Berlin)
  • Tricia Close-Koenig (Université de Strasbourg)
  • Tim Boon (Science Museum, London)
  • Angela Saward (Wellcome Collection, London)
  • Alex Mold (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
  • Virginia Berridge (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)

Lieux

  • Science Museum Dana Research Centre - 165 Queen's Gate
    Londres, Grande-Bretagne

Dates

  • mercredi 18 mars 2020
  • vendredi 20 mars 2020
  • jeudi 19 mars 2020

Mots-clés

  • medicine, science, television, film, visual studies

Contacts

  • Tricia Close-Koenig
    courriel : tkoenig [at] unistra [dot] fr

URLS de référence

Source de l'information

  • Tricia Close-Koenig
    courriel : tkoenig [at] unistra [dot] fr

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« Locating Medical Television. The Televisual Spaces of Medicine and Health in the 20th Century », Colloque, Calenda, Publié le jeudi 12 mars 2020, https://calenda.org/762501

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