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Cultural Conversations:Cultures of Global Health Lunchtime Series

Cultural Conversations:Cultures of Global Health Lunchtime Series
Speaker: Professor Charlotte Clark # School of Health in Social Science; Speaker: Honorary Professor John Starr (respondent) # Geriatric Medicine; Hosted by: Professor JP Singh # Director, Institute for International Cultural Relations
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5th Apr 2017 12:00 - 5th Apr 2017 13:30
G1 55 George Square

Title: Art and Health: Inciting Dialogue and Disruption in Dementia - and the Making of the Film ‘Michael’s Map’

People with a diagnosis of dementia experience many changes to their social networks - and the dynamics of these changes and their effects were explored in a participatory secondary data analysis project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. The research re-analysed a qualitative dataset of 156 interviews with people diagnosed with dementia and their family carers which had been collected as part of the Department of Health funded study into peer support and dementia advisor roles within the National Dementia Strategy for England. We worked with a further 35 people living with dementia to co-analyse the data, using the format of a series of four workshops with each of four groups to achieve this. An analytical framework was based on: Douglas' cultural theory of risk, and Tronto’s ethic of care framework. In this research process, the analysis moved between individual voices and composite pleural voices – firstly, having heard the ‘individual’ narratives of people living with dementia in the original interviews, and secondly worked with a further 35 people living with dementia during the secondary data analysis, the research process thirdly joins the identified research themes together in the development of a created and performed single narrative (Michael’s Map, developed in partnership with Skimstone Arts) – leaving the final voice of interpretation with yourself as audience rather than in the academic telling.

Our lunchtime series encourage conversations on cultural issues on our campus.  We bring together specialists from specific disciplines in conversations with broader issues of culture that this sub-field raises.  This semester we present three conversations on the cultures of global public health.  These conversations will allow us to deliberate particular issues being discussed but also raise awareness of notions of culture and identity as operationalized or imagined in different disciplines.

The format of the workshop is as follows.  After a brief presentation (no more than 15 minutes) from a faculty member in the School of Health in Social Science, the respondent will take 5 minutes to broaden the implication of the findings or the topic for other disciplines and for discussions of culture.  For the April 7 workshop, we will also spend an extra 15 minutes showing an excerpt from 'Michael's Map'.  A 30 minutes discussion will follow.