Exploring the Body


The Centre of the Body at Goldsmiths was established in 2012 in order to bring together scholars and practitioners from the humanities, social sciences and the arts who are working on and with the body.

Podcasts in this series

Illness - Stories and Experience: Arthur Frank and Havi Carel in dialogue

Havi Carel, Arthur Frank

Arthur Frank has been writing about illness and the body since the late 1980s, when he wrote his first book At the Will of the Body, a memoir of critical illness, while also writing an omnibus review article “Bringing Bodies Back In” published in Theory, Culture, & Society and subsequently expanded in Featherstone, Hepworth, and Turner’s seminal collection, The Body. Havi Carel is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Bristol and also teaches at Bristol Medical School. She is currently a British Academy Fellow, writing on a monograph for Oxford University Press, provisionally entitled Phenomenology of Illness. Her research examines the experience of illness and of receiving healthcare. She has written on the embodied experience of illness, wellbeing within illness and patient-physician communication in the Lancet, BMJ, Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics, Philosophia and in edited collections.

Thu, 06 Jun 13 0

Imagination, the Door to Identity

Anna Furse, Clive Wilkins, Nicola Clayton

This talk is chaired by Prof Anna Furse who is currently embarking on a creative collaboration with Prof Nicola Clayton. This event promises to be of interest to arts/science collaborators in particular. Nicola Clayton is a Professor of Comparative Cognition in the Department of Psychology at Cambridge University, and a Fellow of Clare College. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2010. She is also Scientist in Residence at the Rambert Dance Company. Clive Wilkins is a fine art painter. He has exhibited widely, including at the National Portrait Gallery, London, at the Royal Academy and in private galleries in Cork Street, London - where he had a one man show in 2007. His work can be found in public and private collections. Clive has produced portraits of Sir Howard Hodgkin and Sir Peter Blake amongst others and has been presented publicly to HRH Princess Royal. His current project, 'Moustachio', is a novel in four parts. It explores imagination and questions aspects of consciousness and reality amidst the miasma of being.

Thu, 09 May 13 0

Disability and the Artist's Presence

Jenny Sealey MBE, Noemi Lakmaier

The Centre of the Body was delighted to host Theatre Director Jenny Sealey MBE and Live Artist Noemi Lakmaier for our third interdisciplinary dialogue 'Disability and the Artist's Presence', supported by the Wellcome Trust. Sealey and Lakmaier, each from a very different approach to performance, make significant and imaginative contribution to inclusive presence in live work for audiences today. Sealey co-directed the London 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony and continues as Artistic Director of the ground breaking Graeae theatre company to create extraordinary theatre with an uncompromising political and artistic vision. Lakmaier, working with her own presence, makes works that are quietly and ironically challenging, committed and arresting. The event is hosted by Danny Braverman (Theatre and Performance Department).

Thu, 21 Mar 13 0

Science and Philosophy

Sir Tim Hunt, Professor Samir Okasha

The second event in the series focuses on science and philosophy, inviting inspirational scientist and Nobel Laureate, Sir Tim Hunt, and leading philosopher of science, Professor Samir Okasha, to explore whether philosophy has a role in inspiring scientific innovation, and whether cultural perceptions shape the questions that scientists ask themselves, or the directions in which they seek their answers.

Thu, 07 Mar 13 0

Crossing Neuroscience and the Humanities

Lisa Blackman, Nikolas Rose

Crossing Neuroscience and the Humanities is the first event in the Exploring theBody: Interdisciplinarity in Practice series of the Centre of the Body. Nikolas Rose (King’s) and Lisa Blackman (Goldsmiths) discuss how we should or might respond as scholars of the humanities to the rising prominence of the neurosciences? Does this open up the opportunity for collaboration and if so, what kinds of collaboration might be possible? If the humanities are undergoing a critical re-appraisal of the sciences (particularly in light of the 'affective turn'), what might be some of the problems and possibilities of such a rapprochement?

Thu, 24 Jan 13 0