Ageing, Embodiment and the Self


Friday 18 March 2016


Millburn House, University of Warwick, Coventry


This symposium runs under the aegis of ‘Modernism, Medicine and the Embodied Mind’, an interdisciplinary AHRC network that uses the radical insights of aesthetic modernism to develop dialogue with medical practice in psychiatry, psychoanalytic psychotherapy, neurology, and the mental healthcare offered at the end of life. It brings together literary and theatre scholars, theatre practitioners, clinicians, research scientists and healthcare professionals to explore the resources modernism offers for creatively understanding experiences of body and mind poorly served by realist models of the self.


Watch videos from the interdisciplinary symposium.

Provisional schedule


Welcome by Elizabeth Barry (University of Warwick)

10.05 - 10.45 am Kathleen Woodward (University of Washington): 'Affect, Entanglement and Alzheimer's Disease'
10.45 - 11.30 am Lucy Burke (Manchester Metropolitan University) and Hannah Zeilig (University of London): 'Dementia: Ways of Talking'
11.30 - 11.45 am Coffee/tea
11.45 am  - 1.00 pm                                                 Theatre and Performance panel, chaired by Jonathan Heron with presentations by Anna Harpin (Warwick), Nicholas Johnson (Trinity College Dublin) and Bridie Moore (Sheffield)
1 - 1.45 pm Lunch
1.45 - 2.15 pm           Roundtable with Jonathan Cole (Poole Hospital; University of Bournemouth), Sarah Falcus (University of Huddersfield), Katsura Sako (Keio University, Japan) and Christopher Vassilas (Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation NHS)
2.30 - 3.15 pm Helen Small (University of Oxford): 'Does Self-Identity Persist into Old Age?'
3.15 - 3.30 pm Responses to the symposium from project investigators Ulrika Maude (Bristol) and Laura Salisbury (Exeter), and Zoë Playdon (University of London; NHS)
3.30 - 3.45 pm Tea/coffee
3.45 - 4 pm Walk across campus to new venue
4 - 5 pm

'Rosemary' (performance work-in-progress), Humanities Studio

The symposium is free to attend, but places are limited. To register, please email

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