Centre for Health, Technologies and Social Practice

Materialities of care: encountering health and illness through objects, artefacts, and architecture

Dates: 16th and 17th September 2015

Location: Berrick Saul Building, University of York

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About the Event

‘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.

Registration: 2 Day Full Rate £25.00; 2 Day Student & Concession £15.00; 1 Day Full Rate £20.00; 1 Day Student £10.00.

Register online here


Day One

9:30- 10:00
Arrivals and registration with tea and coffee

10:00 – 10:10
Welcome and Introduction

10:10- 11:10


Michael Schillmeier (University of Exeter) ‘What is at Hand?’ The Materiality of Care

11:10 – 11:25
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 (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?’
  • Daryl Martin (University of York) ‘Between bodies and buildings: the place of comfort within therapeutic spaces’

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

Day Two: Networking, discussion and methods workshops

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

10:30 – 11:30

Interactive workshops – parallel sessions

  • Richard Ward (University of Stirling) and Sarah Campbell (University of Manchester) Methodologies for capturing sensory and material encounters
  • Helen Chatterjee and Krisztina Lackoi (University College London) Researching the effects of object encounters

11:30 – 11:45
Break, tea and coffee

11:45 – 12:45
Future directions and plans

12:45 – 1:30
Lunch and networking


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