Encountering Pain (Conference, University College London, 1-2 July, 2016)

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 Read the full article…

Body Talk: whose language? (Conference, University of Greenwich, 6 – 8 July, 2016)

Debates about a/the human body(s) are as central to medical and healthcare education and practices as they are to the humanities. “Body talk” is a means of creating identity through visual and verbal language, as much as a way of thinking about bodies. Different languages, perceptions or “body talk” offer ways of framing, creating and Read the full article…

Words and what they say about us: Professor Jamie Pennebaker (Public Lecture, Durham Queen’s Campus, 24 June 2013)

Words and what they say about us Professor Jamie Pennebaker Monday 24 June 2013, 11am-12pm Durham University Queen’s Campus, Ebsworth Building (D010) Pastries and coffee/tea available from 10.30am Jamie Pennebaker is an internationally recognized social psychologist who’s endlessly curious about human nature. His earlier work found that keeping secrets can make people sick. This work Read the full article…