Registration open: ‘Materialities of Care: Encountering Health and Illness through Objects, Artefacts, and Architecture’, York

The provisional programme is now available for the event: ‘Materialities of care: encountering health and illness through objects, artefacts, and architecture’. Places are still available, although two day registrations are limited and may run out soon, registration closes 7th September.

Dates: 16th and 17th September 2015
Location: Berrick Saul Building, University of York

‘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 Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness.


Provisional programme

Day 1

9:30- 10:00 Arrivals and registration with tea and coffee
10:00-10:10 Welcome and Introduction
10:10- 11:10 Keynote: Michael Schillmeier (University of Exeter)

‘What is at Hand?’ The Materiality of Care


Break, tea and coffee

11:25- 12:40 Objects, interiors and institutions

Jane Hamlett (Royal Holloway University of London), ‘Material Culture and Patient Experience at Bethlem, 1870-1910’

 Ruth Holliday (University of Leeds), ‘Clinical Interiors: Exploring transnational Décor in medical tourism’

Karina Croucher (University of Bradford), ‘Continuing bonds, then and now: archaeology meets end of life care’

12:40-1:30 Lunch and viewing poster presentations
1:30-2:45 Materialities, bodies and care

Christina Buse (University of York) and Julia Twigg (University of Kent), ‘Memories materialized: exploring the narratives of people with dementia through dress’

Mary Madden (University of Leeds), ‘Mundane technologies and magic dressings: Exploring the materialities of ‘advanced’ wound care’

Julie Ellis  (University of Sheffield), ‘Families, Food and End of life’

2:45-3:00 Break, tea and coffee
3:00-4:15 Places, spaces and architecture

Sarah Nettleton and Daryl Martin (University of York),  ‘Architects conceptions of bodies in the context of residential care for later life’

Myles Gould (University of Leeds), ‘Therapeutic landscapes: Materializing the spaces of care?’

Sarah Wigglesworth (University of Sheffield), ‘Independence or institution? What the DWELL project* has learned about housing with care.’

4:15-5:15 Plenary panel

  • ·         Julia Twigg (University of Kent)
  • ·        David Bell (University of Leeds)
  • ·        Eleanor Casella (University of Manchester)
  • ·        Karen Throsby (University of Leeds)
5:15 – 5:25 Closing comments and presentation of poster prize

*DWELL: Designing for Wellbeing in Environments for Later Life, University of Sheffield, UK.

Day 2:

10:00-10:30 Introductions, mixer – sharing research interests

Interactive workshops – parallel sessions

Methodologies for capturing sensory and material encounters

Richard Ward (University of Stirling) and Sarah Campbell (University of Manchester)

Researching the effects of object encounters

Helen Chatterjee (University College London)

11:30- 11:45 Break, tea and coffee
11:45- 12:45 Future directions and plans
12:45- 1:30       Lunch and networking



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 concessions.

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