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Rethinking Illness Experiences: Visual Representations of Breast Cancer
November 22, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Speaker: Dr Christine Douglass (MSc, PhD), Independent Scholar and Filmmaker
As part of a cross-disciplinary research project, nine women diagnosed with breast cancer filmed their lives for up to 2 years. The films were collaboratively edited into a multiscreen gallery installation, What if?, which comprises 13 hours of film in total. The work has been presented to academic, healthcare and public audiences across the UK and USA.
The project developed in response to ethical concerns about the way we, as researchers, enter into and investigate the lives of those with illness and make their experiences visible. The work challenges both hegemonic research methodologies and the idealisation and homogenisation perpetuated by many of the clinical, social, and cultural discourses that surround disease experiences. Furthermore, the work proposes that research methodologies that provide agency, empower and break silences can be therapeutic for individual research participants.
Christine has degrees across science, health care, communication, and the arts. Her career in the UK and Asia encompasses science and health communication, clinical research, medical publishing, and filmmaking. She is currently editing a film on motherhood and breast cancer and advises the BMA on patient experiences.