FoI 2018

Festival of Ideas 2018

Programmed by Edge Hill University’s Research Institutes, the Festival of Ideas is a series of talks, exhibitions and performances to engage academics, students and members of the public in conversations upon a common theme.

This year throughout May and June, the festival will explore the prism of Equalities, incorporating the 100th anniversary of women of a certain criteria getting the vote, as well as responding to other current topics in the media. It aims to open up interdisciplinary debate about past injustices and what can be done to work together to formulate an equitable future society.

Academics from the university will present their most current and innovative research to a public audience, in an accessible and interactive environment. The Festival invites special guest speakers and performers to join the discussion to entertain and inspire.

EQUALITIES 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.

Food for Thought – vegan festival

The food festival will take place alongside a programme of stimulating events which take a look at themes of ‘Modern Feminism’ and ‘Individual Equalities’, relating to the Festival of Ideas overarching theme of Equalities.


All of the Festival of Ideas exhibitions are free to attend. Each exhibition has an accompanying event where the artist’s and/or the curators will in discussion about the work displayed.

FoI 2017

Festival of Ideas 2017

During June 2017 Edge Hill University will be  hosting its second Festival of Ideas which will explore themes of Identity and Belonging in a stimulating programme of debates, talks, films, exhibitions, round-tables and performances.

IDENTITY draws on academic strands within the University’s three research institutes and 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? #EHUIdentity

Leonora Carrington Centenary Symposium

30th June 2017
Leonora Carrington Centenary Symposium

Festival of Ideas Closing Party

30th June 2017
Join us in the Red Bar for a BBQ and Prosecco as the Festival of Ideas 2017 draws to a close.

What Do We Need to Create a Good Society?

29th June 2017
What Do We Need to Create a Good Society? - The Webb Memorial Trust


28th June 2017
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!

Medea / Mothers' Clothes

28th June 2017
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!

Wellbeing or Flourishing?

27th June 2017
Wellbeing or Flourishing? The Role of Identity in the Era of Health Care Austerity - Dr Andrew Edgar

Athena SWAN Annual Lecture

26th June 2017
'Bugs, bites and parasites' - Professor Janet Hemingway, CBE

The Psychology of Language and Communication

23rd June 2017
The Psychology of Language and Communication - Professor Geoff Beattie

Identity Crisis

22nd June 2017
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!

Creating a Social Identity for COPD

21st June 2017
Creating a Social Identity for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Patients Attending Pulmonary Exercise Rehabilitation - Dr Andrew Levy

In Flux: The Queering of Race and Gender

21st June 2017
In Flux: The Queering of Race and Gender - Scent of an Orchid

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

21st June 2017
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!


21st June 2017
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!

Driving Innovation in Healthcare Research

20th June 2017
Driving Innovation in Healthcare Research - Postgraduate Medical Institute (PGMI)

Shifting Identities

20th June 2017
Shifting Identities: Exploring the experiences of children with illness or disability and their parents

Sowing Seeds - Walk the Plank and Burscough Community Farm

20th June 2017
Sowing Seeds - Walk the Plank and Burscough Community Farm

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

19th June 2017
Changing Identities of Emergency Services Workers: The Need for a New Thinking - Professor Paresh Wankhade

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

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

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

19th June 2017
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.

The Mersey Sound at 50

17th June 2017
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!

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Roger McGough

17th June 2017
‘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.

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

15th June 2017
We Need to Belong: Finding One's Personality, Sharing Life Stories in a Community - Professor Colwyn Trevarthen

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

14th June 2017
Patient Choice, Expectation and Informed Consent in the Evolving World of Healthcare - Professor Tim Woolford

In Context - Jigsaw Artists Collective

13th June 2017
In Context - Jigsaw Artists Collective

The White Man’s Dog

13th June 2017
The White Man’s Dog: Transatlantic Slavery and the Moving Image - Dr Jenny Barrett

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

13th June 2017
Shifting the Curve: A Scottish Approach to Developing Anti-Poverty Work - Naomi Eisenstadt CB

Publishing the North

12th June 2017
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!

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

12th June 2017
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!

British Contemporary Islamic Art - Zahir Rafiq

12th June 2017
British Contemporary Islamic Art - Zahir Rafiq

Dance Movement Psychotherapy and Psycho-Trauma

9th June 2017
Dance Movement Psychotherapy and Psycho-Trauma: Moving Through the Therapeutic Landscape - Caroline Galon

Eliciting Identities through Creative Practice

9th June 2017
Eliciting Identities through Creative Practice - Francesca Bernardi

Remember Me

9th June 2017
Remember Me - Professor Helen Newall

Identity as Best Interests?

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


8th June 2017
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!

A Quiet Passion - Film Screening and Q&A

7th June 2017
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!

Festival of Ideas Launch Event

7th June 2017
You are invited to attend the launch of Edge Hill University’s second annual Festival of Ideas.


FoI 2016

Festival of Ideas 2016

Edge Hill University launches its first Festival of Ideas in 2016 with a diverse range of events exploring culture, health and society. The main theme is Imagining Better – envisioning ways for communities, arts and healthcare to develop and flourish, even in times of austerity and inequality.

Imagining Better will be a festival of creative thinking for challenging times, making space for crucial conversations and new ideas for the arts, healthcare and public policy.

Imagining Better has been programmed by Edge Hill University’s three cross-disciplinary research institutes and includes the University’s Spring Programme of Professorial lectures and a strand of arts activity.

He Named Me Malala
ICE and I4P Film Screening – Speakers include Oscar-winning film producer Mia Bays, Birds Eye View
Wednesday 20th January 2016 – 3:00 – 5:30pm

The Role and Relevance of Psychology in Today’s World
Guest Lecture – Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes

ICE and I4P Film Screening – Speakers include Oscar-winning film producer Mia Bays, Birds Eye View and Gail Heath, CEO of The Pankhurst Trust
Wednesday 20th January 2016 – 7:00 – 9:30pm

Cultural Policies, Regional Development and Inequalities
ICE Public Lecture – Professor Kate Oakley, University of Leeds
Wednesday 3rd February 2016 – 6:30pm – 8:00pm

53rd Annual Ann Arbor Film Festival Tour
Wednesday 3rd February 7.30pm

Exhibition – Street View
Thursday 4th February 2016 – 9:00am – 6:00pm

Exhibition – Close to Home: Between The Tides
Close to Home: Between the Tides – Karen Shepherdson
Thursday 4th February 2016 – 9:00am – 8th Feb 2016, 6:00pm

An Extravaganza Celebration of Chinese New Year 2016
Thursday 4th February – 5.00pm

The Art of the Demographic Dividend
Faculty of Health and Social Care Guest Lecture – Professor Desmond O’Neill
Thursday 4th February 2016 – 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Thinking outside of the box – ideas, multi-disciplinary and collaboration in health research
Faculty of Health and Social Care Workshop – Professor Sally Spencer
Tuesday 9th February 2016 – 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Inequality: The Enemy Between Us
I4P 3rd Annual Lecture – Professor Kate Pickett, University of York
Tuesday 9th February 2016 – 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Pitch Black: The Story of Black British Footballers
I4P Public Lecture – Emy Onuora and Peter Hooton in Conversation
Wednesday 10th February 2016 – 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Childhood Studies, Childhood Sociology and Social Justice
Inaugural Lecture Series – Professor Tom Cockburn
Thursday 11th February 2016 – 6:00pm – 7:15pm

In Conversation with Jonathan Coe
Thursday 11th February 2016 – 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Disruptive change: a social good or a waste of people’s lives?
I4P Public Lecture – Professor Carolyn Kagan, Manchester Metropolitan University
Tuesday 16th February 2016 – 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Universities and Communities – Together, Tethered or Torn?
I4P Public Lecture – Professor Thomas A. Bryer, University of Central Florida
Monday 22nd February 2016 – 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Symposium – Taking it to the Streets: Empowering Interactions with the Urban Environment
Dr Andrea Capstick, Bradford University and Morag Rose, University of Sheffield
Tuesday 23rd February 2016 – 6:00pm – 7:15pm

Alzheimer’s Research UK
Faculty of Health and Social Care Guest Lecture – Dr Simon Ridley
Thursday 25th February 2016 – 5:30 – 8:00pm

In Conversation with Terence Davies
ICE Guest Lecture – Terence Davies
Thursday 25th February 2016 – 6:30 – 8:00pm

Economic Inequality: A messy social problem
I4P Public Lecture – Dr Nat O’Connor, Ulster University
Tuesday 1st March 2016 – 6:00pm – 8:00pm

New British Cinema: A Resurgence of Independent Cinema?
Book Reading – Professor Jason Wood, Manchester Metropolitan University
Wednesday 2nd March 2016 – 6:30pm – 8:00pm

The Human Touch
Faculty of Health and Social Care Performance – Breathe Out Theatre
Wednesday 9th March 2016 – 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Strategic leadership for the management of emergency services: case for a new research agenda
Inaugural Lecture – Professor Paresh Wankhade
Thursday 10th March 2016 – 6:00pm – 7:15pm

Portraits of British Muslims –  Zahir Rafiq
Exhibition – Portraits of British Muslims
Monday 14th March 2016 – 9:00am – Friday 1st April 6:00pm

If integration is the answer, what was the question? What next for health and social care partnerships
I4P Public Lecture – Professor Jon Glasby, University of Birmingham
Thursday 14th April 2016 – 6:00pm – 8:00pm