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Health and Illness

Whether health is regarded as a value in itself, or an instrument which aids greater human productivity, the tendency to ignore, conceal or minimise painful truths concerning threats to human health presents a complex problem in need of inter-disciplinary responses. The Health and Illness collection of research streams aim to provide a platform for examining and exploring issues surrounding the ways people experience health issues directly and indirectly, on a personal or professional basis. The impact of health, its presence and its absence, and how human beings regard and engage with it is complex and multi-layered.

Key Themes Being Explored

  • The End of Life Experience

  • Storytelling, Health and Illness

  • Storytelling and Trauma

Upcoming Events

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The End of Life Experience
Prague 2023 / March 17, 2023

This inclusive interdisciplinary conference explores dying and death and the ways culture impacts care for the dying, the overall experience of dying and ways the dead are remembered. Over the past four

Storytelling: Trauma, Resistance, and Remembering
Prague 2023 / March 19, 2023

Fairy tales, emerging from the oral tradition, are some of the oldest narratives we have. Following mythologies, legends, epics, folk tale traditions, fairy tales contain elements from the realistic to the supernatural

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Loving Dystopia | 1st Global Inclusive
Prague 2023 / March 17, 2023

Literally the opposite of utopia, or ‘perfect place,’ the term dystopia was coined in the mid-19th century and has been used to both critique laws, policies and actions by those in power, and

Pop Cultures: Cultural and Creative
Prague 2023 / March 19, 2023

The concept of pop—or popular—culture is slippery and oddly illusory. We might think we understand it and know what it is even if we can’t quite define it, but due to the

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Proliferations of Lovecraft | 2nd Global Inclusive
Prague 2023 / March 19, 2023

Through his view of humanity as something insignificant in contrast to the cosmos, Lovecraft anticipated significant concerns over the uncertainties proper to the twenty-first century. In the current context of the Anthropocene,

Monsters and the Monstrous | 3rd Global Inclusive
Prague 2023 / March 19, 2023

“I’m hated, execrated, those I meet are repelled by me. They want me crucified, and maybe their feelings are all too justified,” sang the American band The Bastard Fairies in their 2010

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Global Horror | 2nd Global Inclusive
Prague 2023 / March 17, 2023

Horror pervades our lives. The emotional experiences based on fear and dread it provides affect us both individually and collectively, and the fascination it exerts is undeniable and ancient, as evidenced by

Evil Women: Women and Evil | 4th Global Inclusive
Prague 2023 / March 17, 2023

Few things capture the human imagination as much as evil, a notoriously slippery concept that enjoys universal recognition yet defies easy definition. As a term which is frequently used in relation to

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Bad Mothers | 2nd Global Inclusive Interdisciplinary
Prague 2023 / March 17, 2023

Revered as “givers of life,” bio-genealogical mothers occupy an important role in our world, often seen as the key to ensuring the ongoing survival of the human race. Though the bond between

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