Human Migration & the Environment: Futures, Politics, Invention (CFP, Conference, Durham, 28 June-1 July 2015)

Human Migration and the Environment: Futures, Politics, Invention 28 June – 1 July 2015 Durham University Sponsored by COST Action IS1101 Climate change and migration: knowledge, law and policy, and theory. Click here for more information.   Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Professor David Held (Master of University College, Durham University) Professor Wendy Brown (Class of 1936 First Read the full article…

Angel Of The North promotes well-being – and cheaper bread

Mike White writes: I recently attended a presentation in Gateshead by Maeve Blackman, a Durham Ph. D student, on her completed thesis inquiring into whether Antony Gormley’s landmark sculpture the Angel of the North impacts on the well-being of local people. To fend off the inevitable controversy over public art, I detect an increasing requirement Read the full article…

Psychological Resilience: Governing the Brain, Mind & Behaviour (Day Seminar, Birmingham, 23 June 2014)

Psychological resilience. Governing the brain, mind and behaviour University of Birmingham, Michael Tippett Room, Staff House23rd June 2014, 9:00 – 4:30pmREGISTRATION OPEN Organisers: Jessica Pykett (Birmingham University), Rhys Jones, Mark Whitehead (Aberystywth University), Maria Fannin (Bristol University), Ben Anderson, Joe Painter (Durham University) This seminar highlights the range of psychological approaches which have influenced contemporary Read the full article…

A Picture of Health: Representations and Imaginings of Wellbeing and Illness (CfP, Conference, London, 7 November 2014)

The Association of Art Historians / Wellcome Trust / Birkbeck School of Arts & Centre for Medical Humanities present: A Picture of Health: Representations and Imaginings of Wellbeing and Illness 7 November 2014 Wellcome Trust, Euston Road, London Organised by the Association of Art Historians, this conference seeks to address the relationship between art and Read the full article…

Music, Emotions and Well-being: historical and scientific perspectives (Conference, London, 20 June 2014)

Music, Emotions and Well-being: historical and scientific perspectives International Conference, 20 June 2014, Robin Brook Centre, Queen Mary University of London Organised by Penelope Gouk (Manchester), James Kennaway (Newcastle), Jacomien Prins (Warwick), and Wiebke Thormählen (Royal College of Music) Music is commonly treated as an emotional stimulant that can calm, console or energise. That music Read the full article…

Asking the Way – Directions and Misdirections in Arts in Health

Mike White’s new essay “Asking the Way – Directions and Misdirections in Arts in Health” was commissioned and published by ixia, the public art think tank. The introduction is below and full text is available here: “Arts in health is at a fork in the road. The hard-paved route, The Empirical Highway, leads to probable damnation Read the full article…

Philosophy Workshop on Time and Well-Being (Birmingham, 6 June 2014)

Royal Institute of Philosophy, Birmingham Branch Department of Philosophy, University of Birmingham Friday 6th of June 2014 Room G51, ERI Building, University of Birmingham Campus Workshop on Time and Well-Being 13.00-14.20 “The Passing of Momentary Well-Being” Ben Bramble (University of Vienna) 14.20-14.40 Tea and Coffee Break 14.40-16.00 “What Is Child Well-Being?” Anna Alexandrova (Cambridge) 16.00-16.20 Tea Read the full article…

LoveArts Arts and Mental Health (CfP, ConFestival, Leeds, October 2014)

LoveArts Arts and Mental Health: ‘Confestival’ in Leeds, October 2014 October 15 – 23 at assorted venues across Leeds (including the first Love Arts Conversation – October 21 and 22) October will see Leeds buzzing with the launch of the fourth annual Love Arts festival. Once again Love Arts will be partnering with amazing art Read the full article…

The Cultural Value in What Goes Around Comes Around

Mike White of CMH writes: An Arts Council’s publication which appeared on 14 March 2014, The Value of Arts and Culture to People and Society, presents a rapid review of instrumental impacts of arts engagement, leading to a poorly founded and lugubrious conclusion that there is little evidence of causal links between arts engagement and Read the full article…

Academy Scholarship Competition 2014 (Undergraduates of all disciplines apply by March 31 2014)

For the third year, the Institute of Ideas will be running the Academy Scholarship Programme for full time students of ANY academic discipline. Successful applicants will be eligible to attend the annual Academy weekend for only £60. Read on for details of how to apply. The Institute of Ideas Academy is an annual three day Read the full article…