Materialities of care: encountering health and illness through objects, artefacts, and architecture (Conference, University of York, 16-17 September, 2015)

‘Materialities of care’ is a two day event organised by the Universities of York and Leeds, exploring the role of material culture within health and social care. It addresses how everyday artefacts (such as objects, dress, interiors and architecture) can mediate practices, identities and embodied experiences of health and illness. The event will draw together researchers from across disciplines, including sociology, history, archaeology, architecture, geography and museum studies.  This event is supported by funding from the Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness.

  • Day 1 – conference
  • Day 2 – informal discussion groups and methodologies workshops (places are limited so please book early)

Confirmed speakers (day one):

Keynote: Michael Schillmeier, University of Exeter

  • David Bell (University of Leeds)
  • Christina Buse (University of Leeds)
  • Eleanor Casella (University of Manchester)
  • Karina Croucher (University of Bradford)
  • Julie Ellis (University of Sheffield)
  • Myles Gould (University of Leeds)
  • Jane Hamlett (Royal Holloway University of London)
  • Ruth Holliday (University of Leeds)
  • Mary Madden (University of Leeds)
  • Sarah Nettleton and Daryl Martin (University of York)
  • Karen Throsby (University of Leeds)
  • Julia Twigg (University of Kent)
  • Sarah Wigglesworth (University of Sheffield)

Workshop facilitators (day two):

  • Helen Chatterjee (University College London)
  • Richard Ward (University of Stirling) and Sarah Campbell (University of Manchester)


We would like to exhibit posters on day one that report on research into the role of material culture within health and social care. We are particularly interested in research utilising innovative methodological approaches that allow us to grasp the material, visual and sensory elements of health and social care encounters and environments. Researchers across the humanities and social sciences are welcome to apply, and postgraduate and early career applications are particularly encouraged for this strand of the event. Please send an abstract of up to 250 words to  Christina Buse by 17th July. There will be a prize awarded for the best poster presentation.

Online registration.

  • Day 1 only: £20 delegate fee, £10 for students and concessions
  • Full event fee (conference Day 1, workshop Day 2): £25, £15 for students and concession

A limited number of travel bursaries will be available to postgraduate students, please contact either Christina Buse  or Daryl Martin by 17th July for details.

For any queries please contact Christina Buse  or Daryl Martin.

For further information please visit us online.

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