(Monday) 09:30 - 11:00(GMT+00:00) View in my time
Speakers for this event
I'm currently the NBHRF Research Chair in Community Health and Aging and Assistant Professor of Gerontology at St. Thomas University in Canada. My research has sought to challenge the social imaginary of mastery that orients conventional approaches to health. With the aim of contributing to a more compassionate, equitable and sustainable society, my current research explores alternatives. I am study, on the one hand, the logic of care and its application to nursing homes and, on the other hand, contemplative philosophies and the unique relationships they enable to living and dying. I’m particularly interested in the intersections between critical health and environmentalism, as they share common struggles to find ways of living well within limits.
Gwen Stevenson is a socially engaged artist/engineer working across the disciplines of art, technology and behavioural science to create highly sensory installations, environments and experiences that promote wellness and healing and that contribute towards positive change for a fairer and more sustainable world. Many agencies across Northern Ireland have commissioned her work with communities, organisations and individuals on difficult issues of a social, political, or environmental nature including the Public Health Agency, Arts Care NI, Health & Social Care Trusts, Local Government, Women’s Aid, Youth Action NI and Community Arts Partnership Gwen has exhibited internationally in solo and group exhibitions in South America, Russia and Ireland. In 2006, she was joint overall winner of the Claremorris Open Exhibition and was awarded the Embassy of Ireland, Argentina, Estudio Abierto Award. In 2003, she was awarded the Higher Education and Training Awards National Prize for the Most Outstanding Student
Margaret Doherty is the Director of Centre for the Art of Dying Well - St Mary’s University. She has a background in communications at a senior level and was the former press secretary to Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor. Margaret is also a trustee of St Joseph’s Hospice in Hackney and a governor at St Joseph’s independent preparatory school, Gravesend.
- Day 1
09:30 Health for Mortals09:30 - 10:00Walk through any hospital and you’ll be walking through the anatomy of a corpse. The cardiac unit, liver unit, hematology, and so on. Western medicine is built on the dead body and organized around fighting death. The costs of this have long been recognised but imagining something different has been difficult. Is it possible, for instance, to organize health around love? If your hospital wanderings take you to a palliative care unit, you’ll find this starts to be the case. Paradoxically, in the space of death, love, care, and connection matter more. What if our engagement with mortality started earlier? What if health was a terrain for this engagement? In this paper, I consider what a "health for mortals" might involve. I explore how such a project would be in line with the existential shifts required for sustainable living more generally - as commensurate projects of learning to live well within limits.Speakers: Albert Banerjee
10:00 The Heart of Living & Dying10:00 - 10:30“The use of art has an important role in transforming capacity to cope with bereavement and open up a healthier public conversation about death.” Since 2017, I have been Artist Witness to a series of events called ‘The Heart of Living & Dying’, run by Southern Health & Social Care Trust, North. Ireland. These events offer the general public an opportunity to engage in Advance Care Planning conversation. I listen to the heart of what is being said and reflect what I hear in a piece of visual art sent to participants as a keepsake of the experience and a prompt to revisit the conversation with others. Speakers: Gwen Stevenson
10:30 Deathbed Etiquette10:30 - 11:00Dating back to the fifteenth century, the original handbook for the dying - the Ars Moriendi (the Art of Dying) - provided practical instructions on ‘proper bedside behaviour’ around the dying person. This ‘proper bedside behaviour’ needed up an update and the Centre for the Art of Dying Well - St Mary’s University has responded by creating a new Deathbed Etiquette. Designed to help friends and family who find themselves, very often unprepared, to be by the bedside of the person they love who is dying.Speakers: Margaret Doherty