The Guildhall School of Music and Drama is holding a 1 day symposium on 15th June 2018: ‘Found Performance’ – An Undisciplinary Symposium Exploring Aesthetic Methodologies in Health Care and Medicine.

What does the aesthetic make manifest and what does it make possible? How do we attend to ‘found performances’ in medicine or healthcare contexts? How shall we think about research methodology, processes and products in the light of aesthetic possibility? We invite you to consider these questions with us from a platform that seeks to look beyond disciplinary limits, provoking imaginative and honest engagement with current research in an ‘undisciplinary’ territory. Building on the ongoing work of a Wellcome Trust Seed Award Project (Aeriel: Aesthetic Research in Everyday Life) at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, we explore the implications of aesthetic approaches in the context of health care and medicine. Spaces are available for oral paper, performance and brief ‘punctuation’ contributions. There will also be an open mic for informal contributions.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 18th February 2018. Please complete the online form to register your interest.

Chairs: Dr Stuart Wood and Dr Alex Mermikides (Guildhall School of Music and Drama)

Confirmed contributors: Dr Ashon Crawley (University of Virginia), Dr PA Skantze (University of Roehampton) and Dr Stuart Wood (Guildhall School of Music and Drama)

Audiences: Medical Humanities, Arts-based Research, Arts therapies, Music, Performing Arts, Social Studies, Health Care, Dementia.

The symposium will take place on June 15th 2018, 09.30 – 16.30 at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Studio Theatre,  Milton Court, Silk St, London EC2Y 8DT. It is free to attend. Refreshments and lunch are provided, and there will be a post-symposium drinks reception.


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