Sensing the Machine-Body Interface

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course


This workshop seeks to explore the role our senses play across a range of medical and disability related perspectives. We are particularly interested in the relationship between the lived body and what might be broadly termed ‘the machine’.

The interface between the senses and medical technology encompasses both sensing with and sensations of the machine. This includes, but is not limited to, considerations of patient and practitioner sensory interaction with medical devices—from stethoscopes, to dialysis machines and MRI scanners—as well as people’s engagement with their sensory aids and augmentations, such as canes, glasses, and prostheses.

We aim to investigate and facilitate new multi-disciplinary collaborations around the theme of sensing and medical technology. We welcome anyone interested in the senses from researchers in the arts and humanities, sciences, and social sciences, to medical practitioners, museum professionals, and artists.
This workshop is a collaboration between Medicine Galleries Research Fellows at the Science Museum, London, and Bristol Senses Cluster, with support from Wellcome Trust.

Period11 Jul 2019
Event typeWorkshop
LocationLondon, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionNational

Structured keywords

  • Centre for Humanities Health and Science


  • medical humanities
  • Interdisciplinary
  • multidisciplinary
  • sensory engagement
  • sensory experience