Creative Writing and Mental Health: A Seminar Series

What can writers and teachers of Creative Writing learn from psychiatry, neuroscience, and other medical disciplines about the links between creativity and mental illness? Richard Hamblyn and Toby Litt, from Birkbeck, University of London, have organized an exciting series of dialogues, culminating in an ambitious one day conference on ‘Creative Writing and Mental Health’. Professor […]

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Fluid Physicalities: day conference, 10th March 2017

Blood; ejaculate; spit & phlegm; tears; mucus & pus; urine; diarrhoea; milk; vomit; sweat. Sometimes the body seems to be a leaky collection of liquids, a porous and productive entity, a body that repeatedly transgresses its own boundaries through seeping and oozing, or even gushing. During 2016, Fluid Physicalities has been running as a seminar series, convened by Anthony Bale and Esther […]

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Theatres of Contagion: Infectious Performance, Birkbeck 11-12 May 2017

Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre, London Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 2:00 PM – Friday, May 12, 2017 at 6:30 PM (BST) How have theatre and performance represented, examined or been implicated in the transmission and circulation of medical and psychological conditions? How has our understanding of these relationships and phenomena changed over time, across […]

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Transplant and Life – the artists in conversation, Royal College of Surgeons 23 February

In this talk, artists Tim Wainwright and John Wynne are joined by Beth Elliott and Karen Taylor to discuss the exhibition Transplant and Life (currently on show at the Hunterian Museum), the stories behind it, and the broader relationships between arts and health. Beth Elliott is Director of Bethlem Gallery, a contemporary gallery based on […]

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New Books Series: Healing Spaces, Modern Architecture and the Body, Birkbeck, 3 February

Friday 3 February 2017, 2-5pm, Keynes Library (room 114), School of Arts, Birkbeck, 43 Gordon Square This event marks the publication of the collected volume Healing Spaces, Modern Architecture and the Body, Ashgate Studies in Architecture (Routledge, 2016). Healing Spaces brings together cutting-edge scholarship examining the myriad ways that architects, urban planners, medical practitioners, and […]

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CFP – Theatres of Contagion: Infectious Performance: Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre, 11-12 May 2017

At least since Thebes was beset by plague, western theatre has incubated a fascination with its own contagious power. This has extended beyond investigating medical and psychological conditions on stage, to both exploring and protecting against performance’s capacity to transmit ideas, illnesses, feelings and behaviours. This two-day Wellcome funded symposium puts the relationship between theatre […]

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