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On the Art of Teeth: A Conversation

When: Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM

Professor Colin Jones will be taking part in Queen Mary Conversations Week. On the Art of Teeth: A Conversation takes place from 11:30 on 14 April 2021. Full details below: 

While they are inside our mouths, teeth shift, decay and fragment; yet once outside of the mouth, they become almost indestructible remnants of who we are, and were. This conversation explores the practices of dentistry and the histories of teeth and asks: what has art got to do with it? In this conversation, QMUL historian Colin Jones, author of The Smile Revolution in Eighteenth Century Paris, offers a history of teeth and smiling, while sculptor Janetka Platun and David Mills of Queen Mary’s Institute of Dentistry discuss the exploratory art of scanning and depicting teeth through – among other means – microtomography, Pringles cans, and heritage techniques. They are joined by Professor of Applied Performance Practice Ali Campbell (QMUL Drama) and Head of Paediatric Dentistry Ferranti Wong (QMUL), who will discuss their collaboration on the child-led research project The Dental Detectives to explore dental anxiety and possible solutions in paediatric dentistry.

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