Festival of Ideas

Introduction

Edge Hill University’s second Festival of Ideas explores themes of Identity and Belonging in a stimulating programme of debates, talks, films, exhibitions, roundtables and performances throughout the month of June 2017.

The Festival is a response to public discussions about, and intellectual speculation on, what makes us who we are. The programme will look at Identity as incomplete, protean, restless, open-ended, flexible, and versatile… existing in fluidity rather than ‘fixed’ characteristics.

Ideas around patient identity will be explored, focusing on the importance of the patient voice, which can easily be overlooked in a metrics-driven health and social care system, and the individual needs, values, beliefs, preferences and social circumstances that underpin personalised treatment and care.

The Festival will open up debates on gender fluidity and non-binary sexualities, on the current momentum of political fluidity using Scottish independence and Brexit as examples of the concept of conflicting and mutating notions of identity, as well as the contrasting ideas of identity shaped by class, age, gender, sexuality or disability. It will also look at the way in which place affects identity, examining the ‘North’ in the wake of the Northern Powerhouse, the diasporic cultures of exile and displacement prompted by global migration, and the concept of regional, urban or rural identities.

As we enter an era where our identity will be increasingly defined and decoded by the algorithms of artificial intelligence, how will human beings respond to the impact of technological classification?

IDENTITY draws on academic strands within the University’s three research institutes:

  • The Institute for Public Policy and Professional Practice (I4P)
    Cross-disciplinary research and knowledge exchange.
  • The Institute for Creative Enterprise (ICE)
    Connecting the University to the creative industries.
  • The Postgraduate Medical Institute (PGMI)
    Driving improvements in health and social care.

Programme

Date/TimeEvent
23 Jun 2017
18:00

The Psychology of Language and Communication

The Psychology of Language and Communication - Professor Geoff Beattie
26 Jun 2017
18:00

Athena SWAN Annual Lecture

'Bugs, bites and parasites' - Professor Janet Hemingway, CBE
27 Jun 2017
13:00

Wellbeing or Flourishing?

Wellbeing or Flourishing? The Role of Identity in the Era of Health Care Austerity - Dr Andrew Edgar
28 Jun 2017
17:00

STUCK

Using digital video technology, soundscape and live performance, STUCK is an autobiographical journey depicting the gradual decline of the artist’s mother from advancing dementia. TICKETS FREE!
28 Jun 2017
18:00

Medea / Mothers' Clothes

Edge Hill's Dr Lena Simic's performance re-envisages this mythical character and explores concepts of motherhood, intimately portraying the life of a contemporary mother living in a foreign country. TICKETS are FREE!
29 Jun 2017
16:00

What Do We Need to Create a Good Society?

What Do We Need to Create a Good Society? - The Webb Memorial Trust
30 Jun 2017
18:00

Technology and E-Solutions in Healthcare

Technology and E-Solutions in Healthcare - Dr Liz Mear
30 Jun 2017
09:00

Leonora Carrington Centenary Symposium

Leonora Carrington Centenary Symposium

Past Events

Date/TimeEvent
22 Jun 2017
19:00

Identity Crisis

Phina Oruche is having an identity crisis. Best known for her role as aloof supermodel Liberty Baker in ITV1 drama Footballers’ Wives, Phina, now in her 40s, has started to question who she really is. TICKETS FREE!
21 Jun 2017
10:00

Creating a Social Identity for COPD

Creating a Social Identity for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Patients Attending Pulmonary Exercise Rehabilitation - Dr Andrew Levy
21 Jun 2017
14:00

In Flux: The Queering of Race and Gender

In Flux: The Queering of Race and Gender - Scent of an Orchid
21 Jun 2017
18:00

I Am Not Your Negro - Film Screening plus Q&A

Prompted by James Baldwin’s writing, Raoul Peck’s Oscar-nominated documentary has been dubbed a ‘cinematic séance’, and hailed as one of the best films about the American Civil Rights era. Not to be missed! Cert: 12A TICKETS FREE!
21 Jun 2017
19:00

Cartref

Set when the foundations of Welsh National Identity were laid, Cartref explores Wales’ most influential migrant community, the Liverpool Welsh. Presented by Theatr Gadair Ddu, TICKETS FREE!
20 Jun 2017
11:00

Driving Innovation in Healthcare Research

Driving Innovation in Healthcare Research - Postgraduate Medical Institute (PGMI)
20 Jun 2017
11:00

Shifting Identities

Shifting Identities: Exploring the experiences of children with illness or disability and their parents
20 Jun 2017
18:00

Sowing Seeds - Walk the Plank and Burscough Community Farm

Sowing Seeds - Walk the Plank and Burscough Community Farm
19 Jun 2017
14:00

Changing Identities of Emergency Services Workers: The Need for a New Thinking

Changing Identities of Emergency Services Workers: The Need for a New Thinking - Professor Paresh Wankhade
19 Jun 2017
18:00

Limits and Possibilities: Difference, Identity, and the Public in Post-Liberal Britain

Limits and Possibilities: Difference, Identity, and the Public in Post-Liberal Britain - Professor Victor Merriman
19 Jun 2017
19:30

We’re Not English, We’re Cornish - Stargazy Pie and Sauerkraut

A Cornish fisherman, resentful of all that it means to be regarded as English, befriends an elderly German film actress, in exile from her homeland. Written by James Stock, EHU Senior Drama Lecturer. TICKETS FREE! Please note that this is a rehearsed reading.
17 Jun 2017
17:30

The Mersey Sound at 50

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Mersey Sound, one of the world's most influential anthologies with Catherine Marcangeli and Paul Farley in Conversation with EHU's Prof Roger Shannon. TICKETS FREE!
17 Jun 2017
19:30

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Roger McGough

‘I spent the summer with Monika and Monika spent the summer with me’. McGough reads his magical and iconic 1967 tale of love as the RLPO’s Ensemble 10/10 plays composer's Andy Roberts’ original accompanying music. TICKETS FREE! 'SOLD OUT' - Contact the Box Office to go on waiting list on 01695 584480.
15 Jun 2017
13:00

We Need to Belong: Finding One's Personality, Sharing Life Stories in a Community

We Need to Belong: Finding One's Personality, Sharing Life Stories in a Community - Professor Colwyn Trevarthen
14 Jun 2017
18:00

Patient Choice, Expectation and Informed Consent in the Evolving World of Healthcare

Patient Choice, Expectation and Informed Consent in the Evolving World of Healthcare - Professor Tim Woolford
13 Jun 2017
10:00

In Context - Jigsaw Artists Collective

In Context - Jigsaw Artists Collective
13 Jun 2017
17:00

The White Man’s Dog

The White Man’s Dog: Transatlantic Slavery and the Moving Image - Dr Jenny Barrett
13 Jun 2017
18:00

Shifting the Curve: A Scottish Approach to Developing Anti-Poverty Work

Shifting the Curve: A Scottish Approach to Developing Anti-Poverty Work - Naomi Eisenstadt CB
12 Jun 2017
18:00

Publishing the North

Is there such a thing as ‘northern writing’? How do northern publishers cultivate an identity that is both local and international? What do small publishers have to offer that the big conglomerates don’t? TICKETS FREE!
12 Jun 2017
19:30

Writing the Self - The Narrative Research Group of Edge Hill Writers

Exploring themes of identity, place and sexuality, audience members will be enraptured by lively fiction readings celebrating the multiplicity of identities which we inhabit in writing. TICKETS FREE!
12 Jun 2017
10:00

British Contemporary Islamic Art - Zahir Rafiq

British Contemporary Islamic Art - Zahir Rafiq
9 Jun 2017
13:00

Dance Movement Psychotherapy and Psycho-Trauma

Dance Movement Psychotherapy and Psycho-Trauma: Moving Through the Therapeutic Landscape - Caroline Galon
9 Jun 2017
14:00

Eliciting Identities through Creative Practice

Eliciting Identities through Creative Practice - Francesca Bernardi
9 Jun 2017
10:00

Remember Me

Remember Me - Professor Helen Newall
8 Jun 2017
16:00

Identity as Best Interests?

Identity as Best Interests? Parentage, Protection and Kinship Ties: The need for legislative reform - Jacqueline Williamson, CEO of Kinship Care, Northern Ireland
8 Jun 2017
18:00

Exclaim!

Don't miss this chance to view some of the most exciting student work including Music, Dance, Film and Television, Drama, Advertising, Musical Theatre, and Computing degree programmes. TICKETS FREE!
7 Jun 2017
18:00

A Quiet Passion - Film Screening and Q&A

A Quiet Passion traces the life of the acclaimed and notoriously reclusive American poet, Emily Dickinson. Producers, Roy Boulter and Sol Papadopoulos, and Director of EHU's Institute for Creative Enterprise, Prof Roger Shannon, introduce this special screening. TICKETS FREE!
7 Jun 2017
17:00

Festival of Ideas Launch Event

You are invited to attend the launch of Edge Hill University’s second annual Festival of Ideas.

ICE

The Institute for Creative Enterprise (ICE) is Edge Hill University’s practice-led and theoretically grounded interdisciplinary research forum which connects us with the digital and creative economy and with cultural institutions.

Date/TimeEvent
23 Jun 2017
18:00

The Psychology of Language and Communication

The Psychology of Language and Communication - Professor Geoff Beattie
28 Jun 2017
17:00

STUCK

Using digital video technology, soundscape and live performance, STUCK is an autobiographical journey depicting the gradual decline of the artist’s mother from advancing dementia. TICKETS FREE!
28 Jun 2017
18:00

Medea / Mothers' Clothes

Edge Hill's Dr Lena Simic's performance re-envisages this mythical character and explores concepts of motherhood, intimately portraying the life of a contemporary mother living in a foreign country. TICKETS are FREE!
30 Jun 2017
09:00

Leonora Carrington Centenary Symposium

Leonora Carrington Centenary Symposium

I4P

The Institute for Public Policy and Professional Practice (I4P) is a cross-disciplinary research and knowledge exchange initiative established in 2013. The Institute is committed to exploring the opportunities for cross sector collaboration and co-operation and to draw on the experience of practitioners as well as academic researchers to inform new ways of working and learning.

Date/TimeEvent
29 Jun 2017
16:00

What Do We Need to Create a Good Society?

What Do We Need to Create a Good Society? - The Webb Memorial Trust

PGMI

Established in 2014, the Postgraduate Medical Institute, PGMI, hosts a range of innovative educational programmes providing postgraduate training for doctors, dentists and a wide range of healthcare professionals, in partnership with the NHS and other healthcare providers.

Date/TimeEvent
27 Jun 2017
13:00

Wellbeing or Flourishing?

Wellbeing or Flourishing? The Role of Identity in the Era of Health Care Austerity - Dr Andrew Edgar
30 Jun 2017
18:00

Technology and E-Solutions in Healthcare

Technology and E-Solutions in Healthcare - Dr Liz Mear

Resonant Edge

Resonant Edge is Edge Hill University’s newly founded contemporary music festival and symposium, which is set to become an annual event.  Its mission is to present concerts that extend across traditional borders of genre and medium, as well as traversing geographic frontiers. It will seek to challenge and beguile while at the same time to surprise, delight and include its audience.

 

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