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Friday, March 06, 2020

CHIC 2020

Runs from Thursday, February 20 to Tuesday, March 10.

We are incredibly proud to present the Creative Her Innovation Collective here at the University of Warwick Warwick Enterprise is delivering an exciting opportunity for students to engage with leading women in the creative and digital industry.

Making Knowledge Visible (Warwick-in-London)
The Stanley Building, 7 Pancras Square, N1C 4AG

Runs from Thursday, March 05 to Friday, March 06.

This workshop (funded by the IAS) is hosted by Josefine Baark (History of Art) in collaboration with filmmakers from aRAREcompany and the digital publication, British Art Studies. It seeks to break new ground by focusing on filmmaking as means of conveying new research, and to explore the creative possibilities that result from collaborations between curators, academics, filmmakers and publishers.

EMECC Workshop
Zeeman Building - IAS Meeting Room

Workshop, Friday 6 March 2020 10am till 5pm, University of Warwick. 

EMECC workshop: How Can We Tell? Judgment in Early Modern Europe
First year Workshops: Writing Longer Essays
CANCELLED CHM Reading Group - Friday 6 March 2020
R2.15 (CHM Hub) Ramphal Building, University of Warwick

Caring or Curing? Humanistic Design and Modern Hospital Environments 

Since 2013, seven new Maggie’s Centres, therapeutic spaces designed for cancer patients attached to NHS hospitals, have opened across the UK. These drop-in centres, according to the non-profit provider, offer a new type of support ‘a breathing space away from the hospital’. Architecturally, they are bold but informal with bright domestic interiors. They give material form to long-established critiques calling for the modern hospital to offer more humane standards of care.

How have such ideas of humanistic care changed over time? Do modern hospitals still represent ‘curing machines’, more concerned with diagnostic precision and clinical efficiency than care? If so, will initiatives such as the therapeutic drop-in centre challenge or merely re-affirm the established roles and prevailing interests of medicine? What does the debate over humane healthcare environments tell us about how the body is conceptualized by architects, clinicians and planners?

The group proposes to meet at 12:00 on Friday 6 March, in the Ramphal CHM Hub R2.15. A light lunch will be provided. We understand many of you will be away over the coming weeks, so please RSVP as soon as possible if you are able to attend.

The first reading provides a useful overview of ideas for softened healthcare design from a medical humanities perspective. The second, a more Foucauldian approach, traces a trajectory from ‘care to cure’ over the course of the twentieth century by exploring the intersections of architecture, health, and the body.


Readings (PDFs attached)

Victoria Bates, ‘”Humanizing” Healthcare Environments: Architecture, Art and Design in Modern Hospitals’, Design in Health, 2 (2018): 5 – 19.

David Theodore, ‘The Decline of the Hospital as a Healing Machine’ in Sarah Schrank and Didem Eckici (eds) Healing Spaces, Modern Architecture and the Body (London, 2016).


Best wishes

Daniela Cullum

Stefan Bernhardt-Radu

Ed DeVane

CHM Reading Lunch - Friday 6 March 2020
R2.15 (CHM Hub) Ramphal Building, University of Warwick
Defy the Stereotypes
Teaching Grid (Library, Floor 2)

The Human Library is a unique opportunity to put yourself in someone else’s shoes. By attending, you will have the opportunity to engage in open, honest, and respectful conversation with Human Books and learn about the life experience of others.

The Human Library Poster

Dramatherapy workshop with Holly Samson – Friday 6th March, 2-5pm G52

In response to requests from students for a workshop exploring dramatherapy, we have arranged for Holly Samson – a dramatherapist and graduate from the department – to run a 3 hour session for you.

This will be a fantastic opportunity to learn more about Holly’s approach, and also to ask any questions you have about what training and working as a dramatherapist involves.

There is a limit on how many participants can attend, so please let Bobby know if you want to participate ASAP