Provisional Timetable for Discourses of Care

We are delighted to announce the provisional timetable for Discourses of Care: Care in Media, Medicine and Society, taking place on Mon 5th – Wed 7th September 2016. If you have any queries, please email the conference team at, or contact us via @CareDiscourses.

Monday 5th September

10.00 – 11.00: Registration with refreshments

11.00 – 12.15: Keynote 1: Prof. Eva Feder Kittay

12.15 – 13.00: Lunch (provided)

13.00 – 14.20: Panels 1 and 2

Panel 1: Cinema and Care

  • Phillipa Lovatt (Stirling), ‘Illness, caregiving and healing in the films of Apichatpong Weerasethakul’
  • Suzanne Beth (McGill), ‘Ozu’s Tokyo Story: care as the medium capacity to bear’
  • Ana Salzberg (Dundee), ‘Care home as cinematic community: enhancing social connectivity through film’

Panel 2: Education, Media, and Care

  • Ben Lamb (Teeside), ‘Changing the welfare state: an investigation into the effects of alternative regional media on local services and recipients of care’
  • Christian Bonah and Joel Danet (Strasbourg), ‘Careful cinema: Educational utility film by and for physicians in France in the 1970s’
  • Nicole Matthews (Macquarie), ‘Teaching person-centred care for people with dementia through the “paranoid women’s film”’ (Skype)

14.20 – 14.40: Break

14.40 – 16.00:  Panels 3 and 4

Panel 3: New Approaches and Methodologies to Care

  • Ros Jennings and Hannah Grist (Gloucestershire), ‘Thinking with age in the UK care environment: an autoethnographic approach to the times and spaces of caring for older people’
  • Misha Kavka (Auckland), ‘Between ethics and affect: mediations of care’
  • Val Bogan (Dublin Institute of Technology), ‘The visualization of the presenting complaint: promoting patient agency and care in the diagnostic process’

Panel 4: Popular Media Discourses of Care

  • Maggie Sweeney (West of Scotland), ‘Failings in the duty of care: mediated discourses on “children at risk”’
  • Yvonne Cunningham (Glasgow), ‘“I’ve got two little boys and this is the worst thing that could happen”’
  • Anna McFarlane (Glasgow), ‘”An Alien Inside”: Science Fiction and Pregnancy in Anne Enright’s “Breeding” (2004)’

16.00 – 16.20:  Break

16.20 – 17.30: Plenary session: Sara Harkins and Maria McGill in conversation

17.30 – 19.00: Drinks reception


Tuesday 6th September

09.30 – 10.00: Registration with refreshments

10.00 – 11.20:  Panels 5 and 6

Panel 5: Gender and Care

  • Kristyn Gorton (York), ‘Nurse Jackie and discourses of care on TV’
  • Susan Berridge (Stirling), ‘Gendered discourses of childcare in the UK film industry’
  • Hilary C. Aquino (Albright College), ‘“Mother knows best” Selling public heath with 1950s femininity’

Panel 6: (Assistive) Technology and Care

  • Anna Piccoli (Amsterdam), ‘Are digital platforms and touchscreen devices effective caretakers? The touch and go of visually impaired users’
  • Bonnie Millar and Derek Hoare (NIHR Nottingham Hearing Biomedical Research Unit), ‘Discourses of care and sonic media’
  • Kerr Castle (Glasgow) and Jonathan Perry, ‘TV or not TV: the practitioner’s approach to audio description and transforming television’

11.20 – 11.40: Break

11.40 – 13.00: Panels 7 and 8

Panel 7: Disability and Care

  • Amelia Defalco (Leeds), ‘Dismantling the autonomy myth: dependency, comics and care’
  • Arianna Introna (Stirling), ‘Imagining disability and/in the Nation: narratives of care and cure in post-devolutionary Scottish writing’
  • Helen Hughes (Surrey), ‘Looking back at Mapping Perception’ (Skype)

Panel 8: Media, Care and Conflict

  • Marie Allitt (York), ‘“Whom we fear to touch”: medical violence and the conflict of medical in military-medical caregiving narratives’
  • Robert Hemmings (Leeds), ‘Performances of care: film, shell-shock and spectatorship’
  • Hannah Tweed (Glasgow), ‘Writing care and nursing in the First World War’

13.00 – 14.00: Lunch (provided)

14.00 – 14.30:  Screening curated by Wellcome Trust

14.30 – 14.40: Break

14.40 – 16.00:  Panels 9 and 10

Panel 9: Activism, Advocacy, and Care

  • Alexandra Endaltseva (Linkoping University, Sweden), ‘To care FOR and to care ABOUT: disability knowledge work and communication in the context of Russian MS society’
  • Sara Erlandsson (Stockholm), ‘Objects of care or active citizens? Exploring representations of user influence on websites for eldercare and disability service providers’
  • Sally Chivers (Trent University), ‘Not an activist? The puzzling place of advocacy in care advice’

Panel 10: Media and End of Life Care

  • Paul Sutton (Roehampton) ‘Care and Televisual Spectatorship’ [title tbc]
  • Helen Wheatley (Warwick), ‘Signs of Care: Television documentaries about assisted suicide and the persistence of television’
  • Agnese Sile (Aberdeen), ‘The ethics of care in Briony Campbell’s photographic essay The Dad Project’

16.00 – 18.30:  Pre-theatre dinner (own arrangements)

18.30 – 20.30:  Screening and Q&A with Andrew Kötting


Wednesday 7th September

09.45 – 11.00: Keynote 2: Prof. Andrew Kötting

11.00 – 11.15:  Break

11.15 – 11.45: Presentation on collaborative work and the ‘Shouting at Cancer’ project from Donatella Maraschin (London South Bank), Evangelos Himonides (UCL), and Thomas Moors (physician)

11.45 – 13.15: Workshop: discussion, networking, and project building session

13.15 – 13.30: Closing remarks

13.30 – 14.30:  Lunch (provided) and end of conference

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