Disfigurement & its legacies conference programme

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Les Gueules cassées: disfigurement and its legacies

University of Exeter, 12th-14th March 2015

FACES legacies full programme jan 2015 – public


Thursday 12th March 2015

12.00 onward Registration

12.30-1.30pm Buffet Lunch

12.30-1.30 Artist’s demonstration: Paddy Hartley

1.30 -3.00pm Welcome; Panel sessions

1. Revisiting the Stories of WWI Disfigured men
i) Anna Branach-Kallas: ‘Abjection, Masks, and Cultural Trauma: Les Gueules Cassées in Recent Great War Fiction in English and French’
ii) Marzena Sokołowska-Paryż: ‘The Ideological ‘Faces’ of the Great War: the ‘Culture of Aversion’ versus the Post-Memory Culture of Empathy
iii) Suzanne Steele: ”The Tin Nose Shop’: les gueules cassées and Michael Longley’s Great War poetry’

2. Visual Representations of Disfigurement
i) Emmanuelle Raingeval : ‘L’atelier des masques : quand la sculpture se fait soin’
ii) Rossella Bondi: ‘Giorgio de Chirico and Alberto Savinio: the Aesthetic of the Faceless Man during World War I
iii) Nicola Baird: ‘Let the atrocious images haunt us’: Artistic Representations of and Responses to the Disfigured Faces of the Great War

3.00-3.30pm Tea & Postgraduate Poster Session, Innovation Centre: Art, Medicine and the Face

3.30-5.00pm PANEL SESSIONS

3. Responses to Disfigurement in the Visual Arts
i) Monika Keska: ‘Deformity and Facial Disfigurement in Francis Bacon’s Portraiture’
ii) Paul Rousseau: ‘Francis Bacon and the Visages of War’
iii) Geneviève Guetemme : ‘Kader Attia ou la Grande guerre et ses masques’

4. Disfigurement before the First World War
i) Patricia Skinner: FACES9141014 [sic]- Taking the Long View on Disfigurement
ii) Michelle Webb: ‘I did perfectly make him whole’: Facial Damage, Surgery and Objectification in England, c.1500 – 1700.
iii) Céline Cherici: ‘Alexis Carrel et la grande guerre’

5.00-5.15pm Tea/Coffee

5.15-6.00 Artist’s demonstration: Eleanor Crook: tube pedicle

6.00-6.45pm Plenary Lecture, Alumni Auditorium, Forum
Prof Bernard Devauchelle, Institut Faire Faces
La Chirurgie nouvelle (or the birth of cosmetic surgery)

6.45pm Reception & refreshments
Visit, Saving Faces exhibition, Forum

Friday 13th March 2015

9.00-11.00am Surgery and the Face
i) Jean-Claude Dupont: ‘Les blessures de la tête et la Grande Guerre’
ii) Andrew Brown: ‘From Gillies to the Guinea Pigs’
iii) Julie Mazaleigue-Labaste: ‘Les cultures médicales face aux Gueules Cassées : place et fonction des croisements entre chirurgie et odontologie dans le soin des blessures de la face, à partir du cas d’Albéric Pont’
iv) Kanika Sharma: ‘Disfigurement and Reconstructive Surgery: the case of acid attack survivors in India’

Archives & Museum Studies
i) Ruth Neave: ‘“The Progress of Plastic Surgery” An Insight into the Archives of BAPRAS’
ii) David Houston Jones: ‘Facial repair: from the Medical Archive to contemporary artistic practice’
iii) Paddy Hartley, ‘Patchwork narratives and the archive: a visual interpretation of the life of Walter Yeo’

11.00-11.30am Tea/Coffee

11.30-12.45 Plenary Lecture
James Partridge (Founder and Chief Executive, Changing Faces), “Facial disfigurement and fairness: a journey… from Sidcup to today and tomorrow…”
Chair : Manuela Barreto

12.45-1.45pm Lunch, Innovation Centre

2.00-3.15pm Visit, Faces of Conflict exhibition, Royal Albert Museum and Art Gallery

3.15-3.45 Tea & coffee

3.45-5.15pm PANEL SESSIONS

7. Photography
i) Jason Bate: ‘At the cusp of medical research: surgical societies, facial injuries, and the role of photography in exchanging, debating, and disseminating methods and ideas during the First World War’
ii) Beatriz Pichel: ‘Portraying the Gueules Cassées: Photography and the Making of Disfigurement (1914-1932)’
iii) Ulrike Zitzlsperger: ‘Losing Faces – Gaining Perspectives in 1920s Germany’

8. Disfigurement and identity
i) Sophie Cremades: ‘La naissance d’un visage, une identité en marche’
ii) François Delaporte: ‘De la face au masque : les questions de l’identité au sortir de la Grande guerre’
iii) Anne-Marie Martindale: ‘When I look in the mirror, I see a mixture of the two [of us]”: Some thoughts on identity shift and facial transplantation’

5.15-5.45 Refreshments

5.45-6.45pm Plenary Lecture
Louisa Young, Innovation Centre
‘My Dear, I Wanted to Tell You that I have received a Slight/Serious Wound…. ‘: A novelist’s approach to the human, individual and family experience of maxillofacial reconstruction in WWI.

7.30pm Conference dinner, Rougemont Hotel

Saturday 14th March 2015

9.00-11.00am PANEL SESSIONS

9. Film studies
i) Joe Kember: ‘Face Value: Robert Florey and the Representation of the Gueules Cassées in Hollywood’
ii) Evelyne Jardonnet: ‘Défigurations dans le cinéma de la Grande Guerre : de l’infilmable à l’image-spectrale’
iii) Karine Chevalier: ‘The Disfigured Face or the Absent Signifier: Faces and Masks in French Cinema’
iv) Richard Woodall: ‘“Circus of Horrors”: Disfiguring the Feminine in 1960s Cinema’

10. Literary representations of disfigurement and identity
i) Martin Hurcombe: ‘The Return of the Brute’
ii) Kate Macdonald: ‘The facially impaired First World War soldier in British popular culture’
iii) Kamilla Pawlikowska: ‘Imagination, the Face and Surgical Intervention’
iv) Marjorie Gehrhardt: ‘La Greffe Générale‘

11.00-11.30am Tea and Coffee

11.30-12.45pm Plenary Lecture

Dr Suzannah Biernoff, Birkbeck, University of London
85 Portraits of War
Chair: David Houston Jones

12.45-13.45pm Lunch

13.45-15.45 Panel sessions
11. Artistic Practice
i) Mark Gilbert: ‘The Experience of Portraiture in a Clinical Setting’
ii) Luke Shepherd: ‘If a surgeon can’t draw, would you trust them to hold a scalpel?’
iii) Karen Shepherdson: ‘Picturing Aftermath – a visual response to the broken faces of the First World War’
iv) Eleanor Crook: tbc

12. Psyche and Society
i) Sophie Delaporte: ‘L’atteinte, XIXe-XXIe siècle’
ii) Marie Le Clainche-Piel: ‘Committing to Face Transplantation: From the Challenge of Singularity to the Return to the Community’
iii) Emmylou Rahtz: ‘The complex course of psychological distress following facial injury’

15.45-16:15 Tea & coffee



Faces of Conflict: the impact of the First World War on art and facial reconstructive surgery
Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery, Exeter
17th January – 4th April 2015

This exhibition takes the experience of the facially injured soldiers of the First World War as the starting-point for an enquiry into disfigurement in the broadest sense. It creates a dialogue between work created during and immediately after the First World War and the work of contemporary artists including the work of Paddy Hartley, artist in residence, College of Humanities.

Saving Faces meets 1914FACES2014
Exhibition of portrait paintings by Mark Gilbert 24th February – 26th March, University of Exeter, Forum (main campus)

Our presentation of the Saving Faces exhibition is part of a research-led enquiry into questions of social reintegration. The Saving Faces art project presents us with a unique opportunity to study the present-day collaboration between the maxillofacial surgeon Professor Iain Hutchison (St Bartholomew’s) and the acclaimed Glaswegian portrait painter Mark Gilbert.

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