(IM)MATERIAL CULTURE: Health History Collections in a Digital Era



Dear (IM)MATERIAL CULTURE Symposium Speakers, Moderators, Sponsors, and Participants:

Thank you for supporting health history scholarship at the University of Toronto, and our longitudinal health history experience for high school students.

We are grateful for your support and advocacy.

Best wishes to you, friends and family for the holiday season, and a toast to more health history in 2018!

The University of Toronto Health History Partnership


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A part of the University of Toronto’s Sesquicentennial Commemorations and hosted by the University of Toronto’s Health History Partnership (http://health-humanities.com/toronto-health-history), (IM)MATERIAL CULTURE: Health History Collections in a Digital Era, an interdisciplinary symposium, will take place on November 10th and 11th, 2017.  (IM)MATERIAL CULTURE begins with an evening reception and keynote address on the Symposium’s themes (Friday, November 10). This is followed by an inter-professional (IPE) education day (Saturday November 11) at the Medical Sciences building, with panels, speakers and exhibits charting the evolution of health history collections in a digital era.


Invited speakers will represent a broad range of collections relating to health and the body. These will include biobanks, anatomical collections, and anthropological collections, as well as collections of medical technology. (IM)MATERIAL CULTURE focuses particularly on broadening perspectives on health as represented through material culture. It explores ‘the invisible’ within collections (i.e. the material culture of groups who were not considered relevant to include) or misappropriated, with speakers and panelists who represent populations historically excluded from Health History collections. This symposium draws upon perspectives and methodologies from a variety of disciplines including Indigenous Studies, Disability Studies, Sexual and Diversity Studies, Black Canadian Studies and Mental Health Studies which speak to the importance of diversity-enhancing and ethical collection policies. High school students from the Faculty of Medicine’s Summer Mentorship Program ,who are currently exploring the material culture of health through individual research projects on local objects, will present their projects.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Accredited Conference For Physicians:


College of Family Physicians of Canada – Mainpro+:
This Group Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto for up to 5.5 Mainpro+ credits.
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada – Section 1:
This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, approved by Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. You may claim a maximum of 5.5 hours (credits are automatically calculated).
Interprofessional Education (IPE) Accredited Conference
This conference has been accredited as 1 Exposure (competency level) elective credit through the University of Toronto, Centre for Interprofessional Education.
For further information contact Barbra MacDonald at: md.reception@nullutoronto.ca

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