Visual Culture and/as Text in the Health Humanities

deadline for submissions: 
September 21, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
American Comparative Literature Association

Proposals due 21 September. Papers to be presented 28 March to 1 April in Los Angeles, California, USA


Since the 1990’s with the rise of cultural studies, an increasing body of work on visual culture—film, television, photography, pop art, and material culture—has influenced theories of the body, health, and illness in global cultures.  Currently, work on visual forms informs not only home disciplines like media or film studies but also interdisciplinary work in women’s and gender studies, disability studies, and the studies of various literatures. Scholarly examination of graphic novels, a burgeoning field, adds to the rich body of research and pedagogy in various academic settings, from the undergraduate classroom to medical school. Each of these bodies of inquiry intersects with the health humanities.
We seek papers that examine the role and function of visual culture in the global health humanities. Topics may include but are not limited to:

Using visual culture in the health humanities classroom
Graphic narratives as belletristic texts
Visual culture of health, medicine and the body
Treatments of medicine in television and film
Fictional and nonfictional representations of health and illness
Adaptations of belletristic sources to visual media such as film, television, or the graphic novel
Graphic memoir
Illustrated illness narratives
Historical images of medical apparatus or anatomy
Biomedical objects as text