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Light Technologies: the Materialisation of Light Therapeutics, c.1890 to the Present

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Location: Seminar Room, Modern Records Centre

Convened by Dr Tania Woloshyn (CHM - Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Fellow)

Wednesday 10 April 2013, 9.30am to 5.00pm

Seminar Room, Modern Records Centre (Warwick)

Please be advised that places are by invitation only.

This interdisciplinary workshop brings together scholars in the histories of medicine and visual culture with specialisms in light therapeutics, radiation and radiology, photography, and medical technologies. Drawn by a shared interest in perceptions - both historic and contemporary - of light as curative and transformative, speakers and delegates will meet for a focused session exploring the historic development of heliotherapy (sun therapy), phototherapy (artificial light therapy), and radiotherapy (X-ray therapy). Particular emphasis will be placed on the visual and material cultures that defined and disseminated understandings of these therapies, especially images produced through photography (itself a light technology), as well as the diverse range of lamps, textbooks, pamphlets and advertisements that packaged light as a valuable commodity, for the individual and the nation.

Speakers Include:

Roberta Bivins (Warwick)

Simon Carter (Open University)

Anne Jamieson (Leeds)

Melissa Miles (Monash)

James Stark (Leeds)

Sophia Zweifel (Independent scholar)

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