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Art, Aesthetics, and the Medical and Health Humanities Conference

Art, Aesthetics, and the Medical and Health Humanities Conference


Three-day conference exploring the role of the art and aesthetics in medicine and healthcare. Friday 7 February to Sunday 9 February 2020, Grimond Building, University of Kent, Canterbury.

Bringing together Analytic Aesthetics and the Medical and Health Humanities, the conference aims to stimulate conversations about the connections art and aesthetics have with medicine, medical education, healthcare and the advancement of health and wellbeing.

Date: Friday 7 February to Sunday 9 February 2020. Registration opens Friday 10am; first session 11am. Conference closes Sunday at 4.30 pm.

Keynote talks will be delivered by Professor Rita Charon (Columbia University), Professor Paul Crawford (University of Nottingham), Professor Sheila Lintott (Bucknell University), and Professor Jenefer Robinson (University of Cincinnati), alongside responses from Dr Julie Anderson (University of Kent), Dr Stella Bolaki (University of Kent), Dr Eileen John (University of Warwick) and Professor Matthew Kieran (University of Leeds).

Friday evening theatre performance at The Gulbenkian: Playing ON present Can I Help You? A magical realist examination of the role race and gender have to play in mental health and suicide.

Saturday evening stand-up comedy show at The Gulbenkian: Four great acts (Matt Hoss, Dave Chawner, Chelsea Birkby and Juliette Burton) explore health and wellbeing on stage.

All tickets, except the free registration option for Kent Staff and Students, include the following catering during the conference:

○ Tea & coffee breaks
○ 3 lunches
○ Cold Buffet Dinner (Friday)
○ Hot Buffet Dinner (Saturday)

Early bird offer: Delegates who register before 15 December, will get free tickets to attend the theatre performance on the Friday evening and the stand-up comedy performance on the Saturday evening (see info above). The early bird offer excludes the free registration option for Kent Staff and Students.

Free registration for Kent Staff and Students provides access to the keynote and paper sessions during the conference, and includes tea & coffee breaks.

For more information, including tickets for the performances after the early bird offer expires, please refer to https://blogs.kent.ac.uk/aestheticsandhealth/.

Registration closes 31 January 2020.

Gulbenkian Comedy Show Concessions Tickets - Senior/ Reg. Unemployed/ Registered Disabled/ Student/ Under 25/ University of Kent Staff

This event is sponsored by the British Society of Aesthetics and and organised by the Aesthetics Research Centre.

If you have any accessibility requirements, please email [email protected] for more information.

*Concession rate of £65 for BSA members only available for members in good standing since 01/01/2020

** The free concessions rate excludes catering (except for tea and coffee), i.e. no lunches, dinners or performances. This offer is available for current PhD students, recent doctoral graduates (including those with postdoctoral positions) and those on temporary academic contracts or in unwaged positions.

Queries: [email protected] 

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Sonic Cartography: Soundscape, Simulation and Re-enactment Conference

Sonic Cartography: Soundscape, Simulation and Re-enactment Conference


Sonic Cartography: Soundscape, Simulation and Re-enactment Conference 28th & 30th October 2022

“To ask for a map is to say, tell me a story” (Turchi 2004:11).

The Sonic Cartography conference invites composers, artists, filmmakers and scholars interested in environmentally informed practices to come together and debate the issues surrounding the aesthetics, ethics and politics of mapping and storytelling within creative and heritage contexts.

We invite academic papers, project reports, fixed media compositions, installations and workshops which respond to questions of mapping and geographies across sound and image media. We seek to enquire: What stories do we tell through maps and soundscapes? How do soundscapes and context-based approaches to composition challenge or re-enforce social archetypes, histories and politics? What might the social function of soundscape studies be? In what ways do our reproduced mediascapes and soundscapes engender territories of the real? (to paraphrase Baudrillard 1994: 1). What new opportunities are opened to us when we think about the soundscape as map?

Across both creative practice submissions and paper talks we look forward to receiving submissions on the following potential topics:

Historical Soundscapes
Sound Archives
Sound Mapping
Sound and Place
Sound Memories
Anthropology and Sound
Industrial Soundscapes
Representation in Soundscape
Oral Histories
Space and Place in Media

Sound Cartography aims to situate questions within musical, visual, social and cultural contexts; foster inter-disciplinarity and explore sound, voice, text, listening, audibility and inaudibility.

Prices include entrance to paper presentations, two concerts, installations, coffee and lunch.

For more details please visit: https://research.kent.ac.uk/sonic-palimpsest/sc2022

Queries: [email protected] 

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