Skip to main content Skip to navigation

Ageing, Embodiment and the Self: an AHRC-funded Interdisciplinary Symposium

Friday 18 March 2016 | Millburn House, University of Warwick, Coventry

This symposium ran 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 brought 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. The event was open to both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

The symposium was primarily for academic staff and postgraduate students. For more information please contact E dot C dot Barry at warwick dot ac dot uk.

Roundtable (for details of participants and more videos see below)


10am Welcome by Elizabeth Barry (Warwick)

10.05-10.45am Chris Gilleard (University College London): 'Corporeality, Embodiment and Ageing'
(Video clip) Video of session

10.45-11.30am Lucy Burke (Manchester Metropolitan University): 'The Fear: Popular representations of dementia and the logic of disaster capitalism'
(Video clip) Video of session

11.30-11.45am Coffee/tea

11.45am-1.00pm Theatre and Performance Panel, chaired by Jonathan Heron with presentations by:

Paper 1 - Anna Harpin (Warwick)
(Video clip) Video of session

Paper 2 - Nicholas Johnson (Trinity College Dublin)
(Video clip) Video of session (restricted access)

Paper 3 - Bridie Moore (Sheffield)
(Video clip) Video of session

(Video clip) Video of session (restricted access)

1-1.45pm Lunch

1.45-2.15pm 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)
See above for video

2.30pm-3.15pm Helen Small (University of Oxford): 'Does Self-Identity Persist into Old Age?'
(Video clip) Video of session

3.15-3.30pm Responses to the symposium from project investigators Ulrika Maude (Bristol) and Laura Salisbury (Exeter), and Zoë Playdon (University of London; NHS)

3.30-3.45pm Tea/coffee

3.45-4pm Walk across campus to new venue

4-5pm 'Rosemary' (participatory performance event), Humanities Studio