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Centre for Medical Humanities

Fiona Johnstone

Interdisciplinary skills development for medical humanities: an opportunity for early career researchers and postgraduates. Funded by the AHRC and led by Durham University’s Centre for Medical Humanities in collaboration with the Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research and the Wellcome Trust.

Fiona Johnstone

Fiona Johnstone


Fiona Johnstone is a final year AHRC-funded doctoral student at Birkbeck, University of London. Her thesis "Challenging Portraiture: AIDS, self-representation and the death of the artist" examines self-portraits by HIV-positive artists in order to address the complex relationship between AIDS and (self)-representation, and more broadly, between illness and creative practice in the visual sphere. She is co-organising two medical humanities events for autumn 2014: "A Picture of Health", a postgraduate conference hosted by the Association of Art Historians; and "Visualising Illness", a Wellcome-funded workshop that will bring together artists, art-therapists, clinicians and academics to discuss first-person representations of illness. She is currently co-editing a book on Anti-Portraiture (under contract with IB Tauris), and has written numerous essays for journals and exhibition catalogues.

Contact Details

Hearing the Voice
c/o School of Education
Durham University
Leazes Road 
Durham
DH1 1SZ

Tel: +44 (0)191 3348163