Healing/Arts Workshop with Elizabeth Sammons (Thursday June 16, 2022)

On Thursday June 16, 2022 at 2pm pst/5pm est/10pm bst (**note new time**) international journalist and nonvisual advocate Elizabeth Sammons will lead a workshop on exploring the world with all of the senses. Whether conveying medical concepts or capturing the beauty of nature, why limit our scientific and artistic conversations to light rays bouncing into our brains, when we can discover and verbalize our world with all our faculties combined? Through sharing excerpts from her historical novel The Lyra and the Cross and through the poetry of infirmity, Sammons will encourage creative thought through the four senses outside the visual arena we often take for granted. 

You can register for this free, virtual workshop here: https://forms.gle/rnJhex9HzSdMxY1z6

Doctors told Elizabeth Sammons’ parents to institutionalize her at birth; she was blind. Instead, they raised her with faith, a sense of self-respect and wonder, and a vast array of books. After graduating with a master’s degree in journalism from the Ohio State University, she worked with disability advocacy, journalism and teaching in Russia and Central Europe, including Peace Corps. Returning to the USA in 2000, Elizabeth pursued a federal and state government career until 2018, when she gave in to living life as a writing artist. 

Sammons’ writings and research have been featured in Ethics in Journalism, Plough Quarterly, The Columbus Dispatch, Geohistory, and Vision Aware, among others. Her first novel, The Lyra and the Cross was published in 2019.

Healing/Arts Workshop with Chisara Asomugha (Wednesday September 14, 2022)

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Healing/Arts Workshop with Sarah Scaife (Wednesday October 12, 2022)

Photo credit: Sarah Scaife digital collage (detail) incorporating images from Wellcome Collection, London, England (Public Domain) https://wellcomecollection.org/images

On Wednesday October 12, 2022 at 12pm pacific/3pm eastern/8pm BST, UK-based artist and doctoral student Sarah Scaife will lead a workshop titled “Medicines of Uncertainty.” Biomedical treatments may give an illusion of certainty and control over illness. Nonetheless the body-mind fluctuates for good or ill; life is uncertain. Quantitative data underpins health policy, but imaginative approaches can challenge assumptions and invite shifts of perspective. This session will ask: how might we develop more creative ways of thinking and speaking about spells of illness? After introducing her PhD enquiry, Sarah will invite the group to participate in a relaxed creative process to support conversation around ideas of uncertainty in medicine.

Sarah Scaife is a UK based artist and doctoral student investigating ‘Medicines of Uncertainty’ in a more-than-human world. Through practice-based enquiry she explores a fluctuating relationship with some of the unknowns around health.

During her own lived experience of breast cancer, Sarah found medicine in many voices of a more-than-human world as well as in being with medical professionals and her human companions. As an artist-scholar, Sarah uses artistic processes within practice-based research to reveal understandings of what it is to live with health uncertainty. Practice-based research is a rich means to seek fluency and ceremony, to enable and evidence redistributions of agency in narratives of illness. The research is funded by the South, West & Wales Doctoral Training Partnership, supervised by Dr Bryan Brown in the University of Exeter Department of Drama and Dr Maria Vaccarella in the Department of English at the University of Bristol.

Sarah is a mature, white British woman who benefits from free access to cancer treatment through the National Health Service. She wishes to acknowledge that the health and welfare system in United Kingdom, which is currently under great pressure, was brought about by the activism of many ‘ordinary’ people over a long period of time.

Healing/Arts Workshop with Caro Novella (Wednesday November 16, 2022)

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