Water, Waste, Disease and the Arts
University of Exeter, Peter Chalk Centre
Dr Andy Brown and Dr Corinna Wagner, (Dept. of English), will be joined by acclaimed poet Paul Farley, (Edgelands; The ice Age), Professor Michael Depledge, (Chair of the Board of the European Centre for Environment and Human Health), and Tom Chivers, (poet in residence for Cape Farewell’s ADRIFT project), exploring the relationships between water, waste and disease. The evening will begin with a drinks reception and a medical wax work demonstration by Eleanor Crook (artist in residence at the Gordon Museum of Pathology, Guy’s Hospital). Through discussions, poetry and demonstrations, we will examine how medics and architects, social reformers and poets responded in sometimes remarkably similar ways to the threat of epidemic and contagion.
WATER, WASTE, DISEASE and the ARTS
Tuesday 10th December 2013 at 6.00p.m.
Newman Collaborative Lecture Theatre
Peter Chalk Building
Streatham Campus, Exeter University
Free entrance, essential to RSVP: [email protected]
How have medicine, science, and the arts responded to the many issues surrounding water, waste and disease? Poet Dr Andy Brown and critic Dr Corinna Wagner (author of Pathological Bodies: Medicine and Political Culture) will raise this and other questions with their special guests:
TOM CHIVERS is poet in residence for Cape Farewell’s ADRIFT project, exploring the relationships between environment and city, climate and culture. Tom is working on a new book about London’s underground rivers, London Clay, as well as Flood Drain, a new poetry project for the Humber Mouth.
ELEANOR CROOK is an artist who specializes in wax and wood anatomical figures, facial reconstruction, and works with forensic experts and plastic surgeons. Eleanor is artist in residence at the Gordon Museum of Pathology (Guy’s Hospital) and exhibits internationally in fine art and science museums.
MICHAEL DEPLEDGE is Professor of Environment at Exeter, and Chair of the Board of the European Centre for Environment and Human Health. He is an expert advisor on marine pollution to the UN, working on the Rapid Assessment of Marine Pollution for UNEP, and is also an expert advisor to the World Health Organisation.
PAUL FARLEY is a celebrated poet and broadcaster. His four major collections, including The Dark Film and The Ice Age, contain poems about water and civic amenity, while his non-fiction book Edgelands explores the wildernesses at the margins of England’s cities.
The evening will begin with a glass of bubbles and a demonstration of wax working by Eleanor Crook.
There will be short readings, a panel discussion and audience Q&A.
The evening will end with wine, refreshments and sociable conversation.
University of Exeter, Queen’s Building
LT1, followed by wine reception: Senior Common Room
Book Launch of
PATHOLOGICAL BODIES: Medicine and Political Culture (Corinna Wagner)
the launch of the College of Humanities ‘Science, Medicine and the Arts Research Group’
PATHOLOGICAL BODIES: Medicine and Political Culture, explores with Health Canada Pharmacy intersections between medicine and political culture, anatomy and pathology, sexuality and reproduction, cleanliness and contamination, diet and drink. Members of the newly fomed “Science, Medicine and the Arts Research Group” in the College of Humanities will also be giving short visual presentations of their research, followed by discussions and wine.
You are welcomed to a Wine Reception
to celebrate not one, but TWO launches:
Wednesday 11th December 2013
5.30-7pm, LT1 Queens
and afterwards in the Senior Common Room
Dr Corinna Wagner
exploring intersections between medicine and political culture, anatomy and pathology, sexuality and reproduction,
cleanliness and contamination, diet and drink
and the ‘PechaKucha’* launch of Science, Medicine and the Arts Research Group:
whose members include Corinna Wagner, Andy Brown, Jana Funke, Felicity Henderson and Laura Salisbury
*PechaKucha nights happen in 700 cities around the world, in public spaces where people can share their work (20 images in 20 seconds) in a snappy, visually-stimulating and relaxed way (http://www.pechakucha.org)