Beyond Words Conference 2017
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    Room 605, Rolle Building, Plymouth University

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A posthuman world opens up the possibilities of being and belonging. This exciting international, multidisciplinary conference focuses on how communication happens beyond words, how the arts use the unspoken, and how those who face problems communicating with words (such as those with dementia, strokes, autism and learning difficulties) are valued and included across communities.

The conference will launch the final report of the Beyond Words research project between Plymouth Institute of Education and Plymouth Music Zone, one of only eight national projects funded by the Arts Council England Research Grants programme.

Speakers include:

  • Lemn Sissay MBE, Poet and Writer
  • Norma Daykin, Professor of Arts in Health, UWE and University of Winchester
  • Carol Taylor, Co-editor Posthuman Research Practices in Education.

Academics from across all disciplines, arts practitioners/organisations, community organisations and representatives from Education, Health and Social Work will be taking part and contributions will be papers, symposia, workshops and performances. Programme to follow.

The conference is organised under the following strands: 

  • Music and other arts
  • Posthumanism
  • Equality and inclusion
  • Creativity and wellbeing.

Please note that booking for this event has now closed.

The conference is supported by Arts Council England and the Institute for Health and Community.

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Speaker: Lemn Sissay MBE

Lemn Sissay MBE is the author of several books of poetry alongside articles, records, public art, and plays. He was the official poet for the London Olympics. His Landmark Poems are installed throughout Manchester and London in venues such as The Royal Festival Hall and The Olympic Park. Bishop Desmond Tutu unveiled his landmark poem Gilt of Cain. Lemn was official poet for The FA Cup 2015. His Desert Island Discs was pick of the year for BBC radio 4 2015. He is Chancellor of the University of Manchester. His life story is nothing short of incredible. Google “Lemn Sissay” and all the returning hits will be about him. There is only one Lemn Sissay in the world.

Image courtesy of Lemn Sissay MBE

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