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Things That Art: Exhibition Launch & Panel - 19 November 2019

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This evening is an opportunity to see a selection of drawings from Things that Art (University of Toronto Press, 2019) by Lochlann Jain, Professor of Social Medicine, (KCL). Jain will be joined by architect Dr Maria McVarish, Dr Jane Elliott, Reader in Contemporary Literature, Culture and Theory (KCL) and Dr Lucy Kimbell, Director, Social Design Institute (UAL) for a discussion chaired by Bronwyn Parry, Professor in Social Science, Health & Medicine. The discussion will be followed by a drinks reception.

Things that Art reconsiders and interrupts the ways in which categories underpin knowledge systems and also aims to realise drawing as a useful and provocative method in the social sciences.

The drawings will on display in The Exchange from 11-21 November. 

Professor Lochlann Jain

Professor Lochlann Jain is an anthropologist working at the intersection of science and technology studies, history, political economy, gender and sexuality, biology, and medicine. Jain is a biracial, non-binary, interdisciplinary academic, and the author of three books, including Injury (2006), and Malignant: How Cancer Becomes Us (2013).  Jain has won numerous prizes for work in anthropology and medical journalism, including the Staley Prize, June Roth Memorial Award, Fleck Prize, Edelstein Prize, Victor Turner Prize, and the Diana Forsythe Prize. The work has been supported by Stanford Center for the Advanced Study of Behavioral Sciences, National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, The Wenner-Gren Foundation, and the National Humanities Center.

Dr Maria McVarish

Dr. Maria McVarish is an award-winning author and architect. Her forthcoming book focuses on the spatial history of race and landscape narrativity, coming to terms with little-known and largely disregarded figures in the history of the American West. She holds a PhD in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University. McVarish’s architectural and design projects have  been featured in California Home and DesignSan Francisco Magazine, Southface Journal, and CNN’s television series Earth-Wise. Her essays, drawings, and sculpture have been published in Memory Connection, Diacritics, Zyzzyva, HOW(ever)Architecture California: The Journal of the American Institute of ArchitectsThe Art of Description: Writings on the Cantor Collections, and in various book collections. She is a senior adjunct professor at California College of the Arts.

Dr Jane Elliott

Dr Jane Elliot is Reader in Contemporary Literature, Culture and Theory. Her research focuses on three main areas: contemporary literature and culture, with a particular emphasis on the intersection between vernacular forms and political theory; cultural theory; and post-war American Left political culture and aesthetics, including second-wave feminism and the New Left.

Dr Lucy Kimbell

Dr Lucy Kimbell is Director, Social Design Institute, and Professor of Contemporary Design Practices at University of the Arts London. She is also Associate Fellow at Said Business School, University of Oxford where she was on the faculty for five years. Her research looks at the emergence and development of ‘design thinking’ and the use of design expertise to address organisational, social and public policy issues.

Professor Bronwyn Parry

Professor Bronwyn Parry is the Head of the School of Global Affairs, King's College London. Bronwyn’s primary research interests lie in investigating how human-environment relations are being re-cast by technological, economic and regulatory change. 

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Lochlann Jain

Lochlann Jain

Visiting Professor of Social Medicine

Jane Elliott

Jane Elliott

Professor of Contemporary Literature, Culture and Theory

Bronwyn Parry

Bronwyn Parry

Professor of Global Health & Social Medicine


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