Effaced Conference Program

We are thrilled to release the provisional program for Effaced from History? to be held in Winchester 31 March – 2 April, 2016.

The full provisional program with abstracts is available here. Registration will open soon.


Thursday 31 March: Hampshire Record Office

6:30-7:30 Evening keynote

Suzannah Biernoff (Birkbeck), Disfigurement: A Cultural Anatomy


Friday 1 April: Winchester Discovery Centre

9:45 Welcome and housekeeping (Trish Skinner)


10:00-11:30 Session 1

David Turner (Swansea), ‘Trade Marks’: the Face in the Industrial Revolution

Marjorie Gehrhardt (Reading), Raising funds, raising awareness: The fundraising campaign for the Maison des Gueules Cassées

Angus Clarke (Cardiff), Stigma, Reproduction and the Value of Life in Hypohidrotic Ectodermal Dysplasia (HED)


11:30-12:00 Coffee


12:00-1:30 Keynote (Chair: TBC)

Caroline Wilkinson (Liverpool John Moores), Archaeological facial depiction for people from the past with facial differences


1:30-2:30 Lunch


2:30-4:00 Session 2

Mark Bradley (Nottingham), Antiquity’s Missing Noses

Michelle Webb (Exeter), ‘A great blemish to her beauty’: Female facial disfigurement in early modern England

Kathryn Smith (Liverpool John Moores), Portrait? Likeness? Composite? Facial difference in forensic art


4:00-4:30 Tea


4:30-5:30 Session 3

Patricia Neville, Andrea Waylen, Sara Ryan and Aidan Searle (Bristol/Oxford), From ‘staring’ to ‘not caring’: facial difference and self-determination among adults with cleft lip and palate

Jane Frances (Changing Faces), Does talking about disfigurement risk perpetuating stigma?


5.30 Close of Day 1

The Discovery Centre is handily located for a range of pubs, bars and restaurants to continue the conversations started today.


Saturday 2 April: Winchester Discovery Centre


9:00-10:00 Effaced group meeting (in Cafe), coffee available in main hall for other delegates from 10am


10:00-11:30 Session 5

Jason Bate (Exeter), The limits of medical history: archives, photographs, and encountering facial disfiguration from the First World War

David Houston Jones (Exeter), Visualising the Face: from the Aesthetics of Touch to Navigational Maxillofacial Surgery

Morna Laing (University of the Arts, London), ‘Queering’ the Female Face: Pain and playfulness in the music videos of Coco Rosie


11:30-11:45 Comfort break


11:45-1:15 Keynote (Chair: Trish Skinner)

Rosemarie Garland Thompson, Title TBC


1:15-2:15 Lunch


2:15-3:15 Session 6

Theresa Tyers (Swansea), “Trotule (Trotula) puts many things on to decorate and embellish the face but I intend solely to remove infection”: L’Abbe Poutrel and his Chirurgerie c.1300

Bonnie Millar (Nottingham), Dis/enabling Courtesy and Chivalry in the Middle English and Early Modern Gawain Romances and Ballads


3:15-4:00 Roundtable – refigured not disfigured?


4:00 Close of Day 2

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