Beyond evidence: theorising arts and health (ESRC Seminar, Glasgow University, 24 April 2014)

Good to see some alternative thoughts about arts, health and incessant ‘evidence-based’ debate…

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Beyond evidence:  theorising arts and health
ESRC Seminar 24 April 2014
Glasgow University

In a deliberately provocative intervention to the emerging health-and-arts field, this day seminar engages social theoretical resources in order to help elaborate how researchers and practitioners might experiment epistemologically in ways that encourage a movement ‘beyond scientism’ and recycled debates about evidence. 4  speakers will use their work to speculate around the following thematics which traverse the day:

  • ‘Rights to experiment’: understanding arts impacts through ideas of justice rather than collection of evidence
  • ‘Working at boundaries of evidence’: the role of phenomenologies of artistic practice and sensings of the arts
  • ‘Epistemologies and artistic cultures’: questioning what happens as ways of thinking merge with artistic practice

We intend the presentations to prompt discussions about how different kinds of art, artists, researchers, bodies and capacities are enlivened through new relationships which the arts-in-health field might hold…

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