Is philosophy therapeutic, and can it help promote good mental health in secondary schools?
Dr Emma Williams (Associate Professor, Education Studies) has been awarded a British Academy/Leverhulme grant to examine the perceived mental health crisis in young people, and whether philosophy can help to promote wider understandings of mental health in schools. Her project will result in a series of podcasts that examine concepts such as ‘anxiety’ and ‘perfectionism’ using philosophical perspectives.
Williams’ research will develop the ideas of the American philosopher Stanley Cavell (1926-2018), who proposed a conception of philosophy as the ‘education of grownups.’ Her 18-month project will commence in March 2020. A series of interdisciplinary workshops for researchers working at the intersections of education, therapy and philosophy will be running at Warwick. If you are interested in hearing more about the project and being involved in the events please contact Dr. Williams (email@example.com).
Assistant Professor Emily Henderson has been interviewed for an article for the Times Higher Education entitled 'Conference organisers urged to take action against harassment'. You can read the full interview here
The second learning strand research seminar will be held on 10th July in WT104/5 on Westwood Campus, 12:30 to 1:30, plus optional time for questions until 2pm.
The speaker will be Dr Danyal Farsani, University of Chile
Associate Professor Sue Johnston-Wilder will be speaking at Pearson's second Power of Maths roundtable on Friday 5th July in central London.
Emily Henderson in Times Higher: ‘Conference organisers urged to take action against harassment’
Emily Henderson, assistant professor of international education and development at the University of Warwick, who researches academic conferences, said that sexual harassment is prevalent at scholarly events “in the same way it is prevalent in universities and most other working spaces”. If anything, she explained, “it is potentially worse at conferences because people are not held responsible in the same way”.
“Conferences, especially big events across several days which involve travel, have a tourism element to them. People are often sleeping in the same hotels, and it becomes a 24-hour experience,” she explained. Meanwhile, the living and working environment “is determined by the conscience of the organising committee”, she said.