Dr Fiona Johnstone
Assistant Professor in Visual Medical Humanities
|Assistant Professor in Visual Medical Humanities in the Department of English Studies|
|Assistant Professor in Visual Medical Humanities in the Institute for Medical Humanities|
I am an art historian, specialising in the intersections between art history and medical humanities. I currently lead the Visual and Material Lab as part of the Discovery Reserach Platform for Medical Humanities (2023-2030).
I completed my PhD in the History of Art at Birkbeck, University of London, and subsequently took up a Wellcome Trust ISSF fellowship, which allowed me to work on two book-length projects, a monograph AIDS & Representation (Bloomsbury, May 2023) and a collected volume on Anti-Portraiture (Bloomsbury, 2020), and to curate an exhibition exploring the historic art therapy collection The Adamson Collection.
I joined Durham Institute for Medical Humanities in 2018 as an Associate Editor for The Polyphony, and was acting Editor in Chief from 2019-2020. From 2019-2021 I was PI for the Wellcome-funded project “Thinking Through Things”, which engaged with and expanded the visual and material turn in the medical humanities. From 2021-2023 I was a postdoctoral research associate in visual medical humanities – to our knowledge this was the first visual medical humanities appointment in the UK!
From 2021–23, I co-directed the series Confabulations: Art Practice, Art History, Critical Medical Humanities; we are now developing this material into a field-defining edited volume, Art and the Critical Medical Humanities, to be published by Bloomsbury in their Critical Interventions in the Medical and Health Humanities series. I am also working on a new monographic project, provisionally entitled Critical Interlopers: artists as researchers and collaborators in healthcare and medicine, and co-editing a collected volume for Palgrave Studies in Fashion and the Body, titled Curative Things, which explores the intersections between art, fashion, and health.
- 2022: Steering Groups: I am a member of the Steering Group for the Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research (NNMHR)
- 2022: Peer Review: I have reviewed articles for BJPsych Bullentin (2021), Modern and Contemporary France (2021), Medical Humanities (2019), the Science Museum Group Journal (2020, 2018) and Health Journal (2019). I have reviewed book proposals for Routledge (2021), Liverpool University Press (2020) and Palgrave MacMillan (2020).
- Johnstone, F. (2023). AIDS & Representation: Portraits and Self-Portraits during the AIDS crisis in America. Bloomsbury Visual Arts
- Johnstone, F. (2022). Art History's Turn to Health. Art History, 45(4), 905-912. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8365.12671
- Johnstone, F. (2021). Christian Bonah and Anja Laukötter, eds. Body, Capital and Screens: Visual Media and the Healthy Self in the 20th Century. (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2020). https://doi.org/10.1163/26667711-78010004
Chapter in book
- Johnstone, F. The Pin-Up and the Corpse. In H. Williams (Ed.), Malady and Mortality (69-76). Cambridge Scholars Publishing
- Johnstone, F. (2020). Relics, Remains and Other Objects: Non-Mimetic Portraiture in the Age of AIDS. In F. Johnstone, & K. Imber (Eds.), Anti-Portraiture: Challenging the Limits of the Portrait (195-215). Bloomsbury Visual Arts
- Johnstone, F. (2012). The Explosive Side of Subjectivity: Mark Morrisroe's Plastic Photographic Practice. In Changing Difference: Queer Politics and Changing Identities (125-137). Silvana Editoriale & Galleria Civica di Moderna
- Woolley, D., Johnstone, F., Sampson, E., & Chambers, P. (Eds.). (in press). Wearable Objects and Curative Things: Materialist Approaches to the Intersections of Fashion, Art, Health and Medicine. Palgrave Macmillan
- Johnstone, F., & Imber, K. (Eds.). (in press). Anti-Portraiture: Challenging the Limits of the Portrait. Bloomsbury Visual Arts
- Johnstone, F. (2023). Collaborations in art and medicine: institutional critique, patient participation, and emerging entanglements. Leonardo, 424-429. https://doi.org/10.1162/leon_a_02409
- Johnstone, F. (2023). Collaborations in art and medicine: institutional critique, patient participation, and emerging entanglements. Leonardo, 56(4), 424-429
- Johnstone, F. (2011). Mark Morrisroe’s Self-Portraits and Jacques Derrida’s ‘Ruin’. Third Text, 25(6), 799-809. https://doi.org/10.1080/09528822.2011.624353
Other (Digital/Visual Media)
- Johnstone, F. Care as content and practice: responses to Curating Health. [[Media unknown]]
- Johnstone, F., & Atkin, L. (2020). #Compulsive Charcoal: an interview with artist Liz Atkin. [[Media unknown]]
- Johnstone, F., & Orton, L. (2020). Becoming an Image: an interview with artist Liz Orton. [[Media unknown]]
- Johnstone, F. (2019). How do you see me?. [[Media unknown]]
- Johnstone, F. (2019). Curating Being Human: an interview with Wellcome curator Clare Barlow. [[Media unknown]]
- Johnstone, F. (2019). Artist interview: Fiona Johnstone in conversation with Felicity Allen. [[Media unknown]]
- Johnstone, F. (2019). Feelings, figures, and a field ready to take centre stage: Representing the Medical Body at the Science Museum. [[Media unknown]]
- Johnstone, F. (2018). Manifesto for a Visual Medical Humanities. [[Media unknown]]