Wellcome Unit Seminar 11 February

Hilary Term 2013 History of Medicine Seminar Series

Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine,
Seminar Room, 47 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6PE

This term’s seminars have been convened by Dr Sloan Mahone on the theme of ‘‘Local and Global Perspectives in the History of Medicine’.  Each week we will post a blog on the upcoming seminar with detail of the topic and speaker.

The seminars are on Mondays at 2.15pm
Coffee will be available from 2.00pm

Week 5 – 11 February 2013
Tania Woloshyn, University of Warwick
Soaking up the Rays: Visual and Material Cultures of British Light Therapeutics, c.1899-1938

About the Speaker

Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images

Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images

Dr Tania Anne Woloshyn is a Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Fellow at the Warwick Centre for the History of Medicine. Her work examines the intersection of art and medicine,  and the visual culture of light therapies, c.1890-1940.  She is particularly interested in representations of light therapies, both natural sun-therapy (heliotherapy) and artificial light therapy (phototherapy or actinotherapy), through the medium of photography – a medium of light. Light, both natural and artificial has been, and even today continues to be, a major form of therapeutics. Investigating its historical development through its visual and material cultures drives her new Wellcome-funded Postdoctoral project, ‘Soaking up the rays: the reception of light therapeutics in Britain, c.1898-1938.’

Selected Publications

  • ‘Le Pays du soleil: the Art of Heliotherapy on the Côte d’Azur,’ Social History of Medicine, accessible online as of 30 July 2012 (printed article forthcoming, 2013). (Subscription for Oxford University members accessible via OU eJournals)
  • ‘Colonising the Cote d’Azur: Neo-Impressionism, Anarcho-Communism and the Tropical Terre Libre of the Maures, c.1892-1908’ and ‘Introduction’ (with Anne Dymond) in ‘New Directions in Neo-Impressionism,’ RIHA Journal, guest edited by Tania Woloshyn and Anne Dymond, Special Issue, Summer 2012. Available online
  • ‘Zone of Transition: Visual Culture and National Regeneration on the French Riviera, c.1860-1900,’ in Tricia Cusack, ed. Art and Identity at the Water’s Edge, Ashgate, July 2012, pp.161-176. Avaiable in Bodleian Libraries

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