Encountering Pain: hearing, seeing, speaking


Encountering Pain

A free 2-day live event and international conference at UCL

Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd July 2016

Keynote Speakers

  • Joanna Bourke
  • Rita Charon
  • Christopher Eccleston
  • Maria Fitzgerald

Pain is not only expressed linguistically but through bodily movements, emotional reactions, and artistic expressions.

How do we respond when we encounter the pain of another? What happens when our own bodies encounter pain?  What tools do we possess when attempting to communicate pain and are there forms other than language for expressing it? 

During these two days, we will explore a range of international and interdisciplinary approaches that can help us better understand encounters with pain both within and beyond the clinic. 

The event will divert radically from the traditional academic conference format to encourage exchange between different groups affected by pain.

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