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Broadcasting Health and Disease: Bodies, markets and television, 1950s–1980s

An ERC BodyCapital international conference to be held at the Wellcome Trust, 19–21 February 2018

A family watching television, 1958

A family watching television, 1958.

In the television age, health and the body have been broadcasted in many ways: in short health education films, school television, professional training materials, TV ads, documentaries, reality TV shows and news, as well as stand-alone videos distributed to specific audiences.

This three-day conference, from 19-21 February 2018, proposes an exploration of how television formats have influenced and staged bodies, health and healthy practices from local, regional, national and international perspectives and how these TV programmes spread the conviction that viewers could and should invest in their health and shape their own body.

The conference is free to attend, but pre-registration is essential.

Contact Tricia Close-Koenig, Université de Strasbourg ( or
Tracy Tillotson, Wellcome Collection ( in advance to register.

For further information see the Strasbourg University website.

Lalita Kaplish

Lalita Kaplish is Web Editor at the Wellcome Library. You can also find her on LinkedIn and Twitter @LalitaKaplish.

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