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Materialities of Care: Encountering Health and Illness Through Objects, Artefacts, and Architecture

Wednesday 16 September 2015, 9.30AM to 17:30

Speaker(s): Keynote: Michael Schillmeier, University of Exeter

This two day event (16-17 September) 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.

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 The Waiting Room by Carol Von Canon©

Confirmed speakers (day one):
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)

Programme as 2 sept 2015 (PDF , 160kb)

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 by 17 July. 

There will be a prize awarded for the best poster presentation.

This event is supported by funding from Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness.

Any questions please contact Chrissy or Daryl on or

Tea/Coffee breaks and lunches included


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Location: Berrick Saul Building, University of York

Admission: 2 Day Full Rate £25.00 2 Day Student & Concession £15.00 1 Day Full Rate £20.00 1 Day Student £10.00