Pain is notoriously difficult to communicate. Some academics have argued that pain resists description in language while others claim that it can generate language. By bringing into dialogue people who experience, witness, and treat pain, this conference seeks to explore alternative means of communicating, sharing and assessing suffering.
How do we respond when we encounter the pain of another? What happens when our own bodies encounter pain? What tools do we possess when attempting to communicate pain and are there forms other than language for expressing it? These are some of the questions we will be engaging with.
During these two days, we will explore a range of international and interdisciplinary approaches that can help us better understand encounters with pain, both within and beyond the clinic. The event will divert radically from the traditional academic conference format to encourage exchange between different groups affected by pain.