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Register here for this free event! 12 March 2019 1-4:30pm

Interdisciplinary experiments in the medical humanities and the social sciences

Felicity Callard

“I will discuss work that I have developed with others to rearticulate how interdisciplinarity might offer new lines of inquiry for research on mental health in the medical humanities and social sciences. What might be possible if we do not disaggregate the domains of the social, the biological and the psychological from one another but open up historical moments, paradigms and possibilities that offer ways of envisaging subjectivity, psychosocial relations, and psychopathology? My talk will draw on topics in relation to which I and others have attempted to develop these possibilities (including: the psychosomatic, rest, fantasy, daydreaming and mind-wandering, and anxiety).”

Complexities, challenges and cool ideas about engaging with lived experience

Indigo Daya

“In this provocative talk, I will speak from my own lived experience about engagement in academic settings. How can academics authentically engage with people with lived experience? What is authentic, and who decides? What is tokenism, and why does it keep happening? How can engagement processes avoid causing harm? Why does engagement matter, anyway? I will reflect on respectful language use in relation to lived experience, including tensions and opportunities. I will discuss what coproduction looks like in practice, with examples from real life scenarios. This challenging talk aims to encourage more innovative, social justice perspectives about knowledge.”

Creative arts-based approaches to mental health research

Stacy Holman Jones and Anne M. Harris

“Arts-based methods offer mental health researchers a creative and effective ‘way in’ to working with people living with diagnoses that challenge, disrupt or destabilize identity. Our talk explores examples of performance and narrative-based methods including verbatim and character-based theatre, autoethnography, and poetic texts that offer researchers targeted and meaningful ways to engage people living with identity stigma and to work with them in narrating a complex and dynamic sense of self.”


13:00-13:25 – Introduction to the event: Professor Renata Kokanović, Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow and Convenor of the RMIT Health Network, and Distinguished Professor Larissa Hjorth, Director of the Design & Creative Practice Enabling Capability Platform, RMIT University

13:25-14:15 – Felicity Callard, Professor of Social Research, Department of Psychosocial Studies, and Director of the Birkbeck Institute for Social Research, University of London

14:15-14:55 – Indigo Daya, Human Rights Advisor, Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council, and Research Fellow, Melbourne Social Equity Institute, University of Melbourne

14:55-15:25 – Networking and refreshments

15:25-15:55 – Professor Stacy Holman Jones, Deputy Director of the Centre for Theatre and Performance, Monash University, and Associate Professor Anne M. Harris, Vice Chancellor’s Principal Research Fellow and Australian Research Council Future Fellow, RMIT University

15:55-16:30 – Discussion and concluding remarks by panel members

Speaker biographies

Felicity Callard is Professor of Social Research in the Department of Psychosocial Studies, and Director of the Birkbeck Institute for Social Research, University of London. An interdisciplinary scholar in the social sciences and humanities, she has collaborated with life scientists (as well as social scientists, humanists and artists). Her research centres on broad topics in mental health, the medical humanities and social sciences. From October 2014 to December 2016, Felicity was Director of Hubbub – the first interdisciplinary residency of the Hub at Wellcome Collection.

Indigo Daya has held consumer leadership roles across the mental health sector for more than fourteen years, including community and clinical sectors, academia and government. Indigo has lived experience as a survivor of childhood trauma, madness and coercive mental health services. She is passionate about consumer-led change that puts human rights first. Indigo is currently Human Rights Advisor at Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC) and Research Fellow at the Melbourne Social Equity Institute, University of Melbourne.

Stacy Holman Jones is Professor and Deputy Director in the Centre for Theatre and Performance at Monash University. Her research focuses broadly on performance as socially, culturally, and politically transformative activity. Over the course of a 20-year career, she has developed an international reputation for leading the development of innovative arts-based methodologies, particularly critical autoethnography, performative writing and performance.

Anne M. Harris is an Associate Professor and Vice Chancellor’s Principal Research Fellow at RMIT University, and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow (2017-2021) studying intercultural creativity. Anne is an Honorary Research Fellow at University of Nottingham (UK) and an Adjunct Professor at Monash University (Australia). Anne researches in the areas of gender, creativity, diversity, performance and emerging digital ethnographies.


Professor Felicity Callard’s visit and this event are generously supported by the RMIT University Social Change Enabling Capability Platform. The Health Network is generously supported by the RMIT University Design and Creative Practice Enabling Capability Platform.

By Published On: February 17, 2019Categories: Events, Past Events

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