Recent Talks

Life Narratives and the Biological Reality of Ageing

In March 2023, I was invited to speak in the Medical and Health Humanities Seminar Series at Trinity College Dublin, examining how life narratives confront the biological realities of ageing. You can listen to a podcast of the seminar following this link.

The Poetics and Politics of Alzheimer’s Disease Life-Writing

In November 2022, I was invited as guest lecturer in the REMIND (Real Experience and Memories in Care: Narrating Alzheimer Dementia) further education programme at ISTUD Healthcare and Wellbeing, Milan.

Agency, Personhood and Care in Dementia Literature

In October 2022, I spoke at the 7th Regional Medical Humanities Seminar, at the University of Kent, Maidstone Hospital, exploring representations of dementia in fiction and life-writing.

Literature and Dementia Care

In August 2022, I was invited to a Symposium on Ethics, Agency, and Personhood in Dementia at the University of Southern Denmark, Copenhagen, where I delivered a plenary lecture on ‘Literature and dementia care’ and contributed to a panel discussion on ‘The use of narrative medicine in dementia care’.

Dementia and the Bestselling Novel

In July 2022, I contributed to the Psychological Humanities and Narrative Medicine Summer School at the University of Trento, discussing with students the use of dementia as plot device and its implications for care.

The Normal and the Pathological in Old Age

In March 2022, I was invited guest speaker at a Versus Arthritis Musculoskeletal Disorders Research Advisory Group meeting in Chesterfield, speaking about ‘The Normal and the Pathological in Old Age: Arthritis and Dementia in Cultural Discourse’, reflecting on issues of normalization and pathologization in older age.

Ageing, Dementia, Care

In February 2022, I spoke at the Centre for Science and Policy at the University of Cambridge, exploring how a different perspective on ageing may inform care policy. You can read a summary of the seminar following this link.

A Conversation about Ageing

In a Conversations across the Medical Humanities event in November 2021, Senior Lecturer in Global Health and Philosophy at King’s, Sridhar Venkatapuram, and I discussed our work on ageing.

Hundred Years of Silence

In September 2021, I delivered a keynote at Amnesie d’autore: 1920–2020, un secolo di parole per raccontare l’amnesia, an international conference about memory loss at the University of Urbino Carlo Bo, Italy.

Foucault for Physicists

In February 2021, I gave an invited seminar at the University of Warwick, speaking on ‘Discipline and Power in Cross-Faculty Teaching’, including reflections on the module Science in Context, which I had developed at the Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning (IATL), when working at the University of Warwick.

Informal Dementia Care

In November 2020, I contributed to Thinking in Crisis Times, a collective exploration by the KCL English Department. My talk about ‘COVID-19, burning glass on the divide between policy and practice’ situated the ongoing care crisis within the wider context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tools of Care in the Dementia Detective Novel

In September 2019, I contributed to the Ageing, Illness, Care conference at the University of Huddersfield, exploring the agency of characters with dementia in detective fiction.

Time and Space in Dementia Fiction

In June 2019, I was invited to contribute to conversations on Care and/in the Community at Birkbeck. Follow this link for an account of the workshop surrounding twenty-first century social and spatial conditions of care.