HGSCEA at CAA Chicago 2024


On Thursday, 15 February, from 10 am – 12 noon CST, members are invited to come to a special event at the Prints and Drawings Study Room at the Art Institutewhere curator Jay Clarke, longtime members and old friend, will have things out for us to see and discuss. We did this in 2020, when the conference was last in Chicago, and it was a wonderful special event! If you’d like to attend please let Jenny Anger know (anger@grinnell.edu). I’ll share more details in a week or two.

On Thursday night, from 6:30-8:30 pm CST, we will gather for our annual members’ dinner at Bistronomic, which some of you might remember from 2020. Aside from enjoying good food and company, I’ll announce the results of this year’s Emerging Scholars Competition Prize. An invitation just went out this morning. If you didn’t receive it, please let someone on the Board know. If you have seen it, we need to know by 1 February if you’ll be attending so that we have a firm headcount.

HGSCEA’s sponsored session, “Health, Illness, and the Art of Medicine,” is scheduled to take place in the Lake Michigan Room on the 8th floor of the Hilton Chicago on Saturday, 17 February, from 11 am – 12:30 pm CST. The session, which has been organized and is chaired by Pat Berman and Marsha Morton, comprises four papers by Amanda Brian (“Illustrating Children’s Health in Late Nineteenth-Century Europe”), Katerina Korola (“Purification by Light: Photography and Phototherapy in Early Twentieth-Century Germany”), Kathryn Carney (“Vital Signs: Weimar Hygiene on Film [Selections from Gesolei]”), and Jonathan Odden (“Figment Phalloplasty: Christian Schad’s Medical Imaginary). Allison Morehead will be the discussant.


Immediately after the session, from 1-2 pm CST, is HGSCEA’s annual business meeting. For those who wish to attend in person, the room listed on the conference program is the Astoria Room on the 3rd floor of the Hilton Chicago. However, because several members of the Board are unable to attend the conference this year, the meeting will be hybrid. The meeting is open to all members. Anyone wishing to attend remotely should contact me (vandykej@missouri.edu) or Jenny Anger (anger@grinnell.edu) a day or two in advance of the meeting in order to get the zoom link, which is too unwieldy to include here.


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