Edge Hill University is holding its first Festival of Ideas this Spring, featuring a diverse range of events exploring culture, health and society.
The theme for the 2016 series is Imagining Better, which will explore ways for communities, arts and healthcare to develop and flourish, even in times of austerity and inequality.
The series features an exciting collection of talks, exhibitions, films and performances which explore issues such as children’s rights and citizenship, arts and social justice, innovative strategies for current healthcare issues, racism in sport and cultural identities.
Imagining Better has been programmed by Edge Hill University’s three research institutes – The Institute for Public Policy and Professional Practice (I4P), the Institute for Creative Enterprise (ICE) and the Post Graduate Medical Institute (PGMI), running from 20th January to 14th March 2016.
Events include Professor Kate Oakley from the University of Leeds discussing regional development and inequalities, drawing on her research about New Labour and the more recent developments about the Northern Powerhouse, and Professor Des O’Neill who will look at misconceptions around medicine and older people, using an example featuring Matisse’s The Snail. Professor O’Neill’s event will be held at Tate Liverpool and is part of the University’s partnership with the arts organisation which will also allow the audience to have private access to the Matisse in Focus exhibition.
Professor Kate Pickett will deliver the Third Annual Lecture for I4P on Tuesday 9th February looking at inequality, entitled the Enemy Between Us, and in an event on Wednesday 10th February, Emy Onuora will discuss his new book The Story of Black British footballers with honorary graduate, writer and musician Peter Hooton.
Inaugural lectures by Professors Tom Cockburn and Paresh Wankhade highlight aspects of research work undertaken within the University and introduce our own academics to the wider community.
The Edge Hill Festival of Ideas has been inspired, in part, by the work of the internationally respected cultural theorist Stuart Hall and builds on the University’s tribute to him on the occasion of his death in 2014. A key part of Hall’s work and his contribution to ideas and the academy was his invitation to think in a multi- or inter-disciplinary way, and to encourage critical thinking and questioning.
For more information, click on the festival booklet below: