CFP: Collaboration beyond the academy in research in dementia and culture

Working together: collaboration beyond the academy in research in dementia and culture

A Dementia and Cultural Narrative Network event

Friday 23rd November 2018,

Institute of Modern Languages Research, Senate House, London

Organisers: Dr Sarah Falcus (University of Huddersfield) and Dr Raquel Medina (Aston University)

Those working in the broad area of dementia and cultural narrative are very likely to cross disciplinary boundaries and engage with the research challenges and opportunities such boundary crossing involves. For Humanities scholars, this may mean moving beyond the academy to work with healthcare professionals, dementia support organisations, families and carers, and people with dementia. From large international collaborative projects to small-scale local partnerships, academics and non-academics are working together in the area of dementia and cultural narrative to advance research that has real-world impact. This one-day event aims to showcase and discuss this research, with the aim of sharing best practice.

We welcome academics, healthcare professionals, service users and others to contribute to this event.

Keynote speaker: Dr Andrea Capstick, Senior Lecturer in Dementia Studies, University of Bradford

We do welcome traditional 15-minute papers, but we are particularly interested in proposals for alternative formats such as workshops, round tables and activity-based sessions. Length for these can be negotiated. We also welcome posters. Do contact the event organisers if you would like to discuss an alternative format.

Areas that may be addressed include, but are not limited to:

·       Putting people with dementia at the heart of research;

·       Working with families and carers;

·       Methodological unfamiliarity: challenges and opportunities;

·       Innovative ideas emerging from collaborative projects;

·       Empirical research and the humanities;

·       Negotiating institutional barriers and opportunities;

·       Working across countries and cultures;

·       Questions of ethics.

Please feel free to propose other topics. 

Please send 300-word abstracts along with a biographical note to

Deadline: 30th September 2018