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HYBRID MINDS /
HYBRID BODIES

August 5 - 9, 2019

How does heart transplantation shift the ways in which the body is viewed?


The heart is often ascribed qualities far beyond its anatomical functions, perceived as central to the concept of human identity and as an archetypal symbol of love. Hybrid Minds/ Hybrid Bodies is a symposium and exhibition that explored the social and psychological effects of heart transplantation.

While organ transplantation is now an established medical procedure, few researchers have explicitly connected organ recipients' experiences and cultural views about transplantation to the notions of embodiment, kinship and identity. The core members of the Hybrid Bodies team have worked together for over a decade looking at phenomenological, socio-political, and pop-cultural aspects of heart transplantation and organ donation.

From August 5 to 9, scholars, researchers, artists and students from the domains of Arts, Ethics, Medicine, and Social Sciences met in 4TH SPACE to discuss topics including: bodily boundaries, anonymity in organ donation, the popular imaginary in organ transplantation, and cross-cultural aspects of organ donation.


PROGRAMMING

 


Wednesday, August 7th, 2019
Event Vernissage of Exhibition and Kick-off of Symposium 6 pm to 8 pm
Thursday, August 8th, 2019
Keynote Dr. Heather Ross (Head, Division of Cardiology Peter Munk Cardiac Centre and Professor of Medicine at Toronto General Hospital) 9:30 am to 10 am
Keynote Dr. Jennifer Poole (Associate Professor, Ryerson University's School of Social Work) 10 am to 10:30 am
Panel Ethnocultural, Social & Economic Perspectives in Transplantation, with Abin Thomas, Jennifer Poole, Dylan Mortimer 11 am to 12: 30 am
Panel Parallel Research Directions, with David Howes, Tamar Tembeck, Kim Sawchuk, Christina Lammer 1:30 pm to 3 pm
Tour Tour of the Exhibition with the Artists, with Ingrid Bachmann, Andrew Carnie, Dana Dal Bo, Emily Jan, Alexa Wright 3:15 pm to 4:30 pm
Presentations Emerging Artist-Researcher Presentations, with Rachel Thomas, Darian Goldin Stahl, Andrea Barrett 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Friday, August 9th, 2019
Keynote Dr. Margrit Shildrick (Guest Professor of Gender and Knowledge Production, Stockholm University) 9:30 am to 10 am
Keynote John A. Douglas (Interdisciplinary artist and transplant recipient, Sydney, Australia) 10 am to 10:30 am
Tour Tour of the Exhibition with the Artists, with Ingrid Bachmann, Andrew Carnie, Dana Dal Bo, Emily Jan, Alexa Wright (Black Box, EV-S2) 11 am to 12:30 pm
Panel Curating Across Art, Science & Medicine, with Hannah Redler, Bec Dean, Casey Mesick-Braun, Sean Caufield 1:30 pm to 3 pm
Event Engaging with the Exhibition, Questionnaires 3:15 pm to 4 pm

Dr. Heather Ross

Dr. Heather Ross

Thursday August 8, 2019
9:30 - 10 am

HEATHER ROSS Chief of Cardiology, Munk Pediatric Centre UHN, Toronto is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto and the Director of the Cardiac Transplant Program at Toronto General Hospital.

Dr. Ross was Associate Editor for the American Journal of Transplantation (2007-2010) and is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. She is currently on the executive of the Heart Failure Society of America and President of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society.

Dr. Jennifer Poole

Dr. Jennifer Poole

Thursday August 8, 2019
9:30 - 10 am

JENNIFER POOLE MSW, PhD, Associate Professor and director of the Graduate Program at Ryerson’s School of Social Work.

With a background in community work and mental/health, Jennifer’s interdisciplinary research program is centred on madness, health and heart break, taking up theoretical, practice-based and policy concerns. Current projects focus on the experiences of Mad people in the helping professions and post-secondary education, sanism, racism and decolonization, as well as critical approaches to grief, death and transplantation.

Dr. Margrit Shildrick

Dr. Margrit Shildrick

Friday August 9, 2019
9:30 - 10 am

MARGRIT SHILDRICK is Professor of Gender and Knowledge Production at Linköping University, Sweden, and Adjunct Professor of Critial Disability Studies at York University, Toronto.

Shildrick defines herself as a body theorist, combining post- conventional philosophy, cultural studies, critical theory and psychoanalysis to investigate the question of corporeality. Her major research centres on a longstanding project looking at questions of identity and intersubjectivity as experienced by organ transplant recipients and those using various forms of prostheses, as well as exploring the effects of intersectional differences on bioethics and health.

John A. Douglas

John A. Douglas

Friday August 9, 2019
10 - 10:30 am

John A Douglas is an interdisciplinary artist working across video, performance, live art installation, photomedia, VR, animation, sound and objects. Since 2011, his practice has investigated his ongoing experience of chronic illness through scientific and collaborative, immersive performance approaches.

Douglas offers a unique and personal perspective as both artist and patient that intersects with biomedical science, clinical treatment and the human and emotional experience of a renal transplant patient.

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