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ESRC Festival of Social Science: Academic Talks (part of Translation: From Bench to Brain)

Starts: 2 November 2011

ESRC UK Festival of Social Science

Academic talks to begin at 6pm on Wednesday November 2nd at BayArt


Dr. Ian Jones (MRC Centre, Cardiff University)

'Creative Minds: the Link Between Creativity and Mental Illness'

“without nervous disorder there can be no great artist ....... everything we think of as great has come to us from neurotics."

Marcel Proust, The Guermantes Way

“[My troubles] are part of me and my art. They are indistinguishable from me, and it [treatment] would destroy my art. I want to keep those sufferings.”
Edvard Munch

The link between mental illness and creativity has been made for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. The image of the tortured artist, suffering for art is common. But what is the reality? This talk will address a number of questions: is there a link between mental illness and creativity; is the link across the spectrum of mental illness or for specific conditions; are all forms of creative expression linked with mental illness; and what are the possible explanations of this link? Finally, we will examine the implications of this link on how we should think about mental illness and how we think about creativity itself.


Dr. Andrew Bartlett (Cesagen, Cardiff University)

'The Labours of Big Science'

Post-Human Genome Project psychiatric genetics has become a big science. Rather than the overt big science of physics, in which scientists form collectivities around large, expensive pieces of apparatus, the scale of the big science of psychiatric genetics is ‘hidden’. This scale is concealed in the distribution of labour across collaborations, in the displacement of labour by outsourcing, the progressive improvement in laboratory automation, and in the way in which the labour of psychiatric genetics fieldworkers in crystallized in unspectacular form. This produces a form of big science in which the individual laboratories maintain an appearance of being a site of small science, yet the concerns about autonomy and control, reward and recognition, typical of big science projects, remain.


Dr. Clive Cazeaux (School of Art and Design, UWIC)

‘Metaphorically leaping from science to art to you’

Metaphor is widely understood to be a linguistic or literary device in which one thing is described as something else. In recent decades, metaphor’s significance has been shown to run even deeper, shaping the way we construct knowledge, our selves and the world. In his talk, Dr Clive Cazeaux takes us through the metaphorical nature of art–science collaboration. He identifies some of the metaphors at work in Rhys Bevan Jones’s and Julia Thomas’s exhibition, and invites you to consider the metaphor you have created by engaging in this event tonight.


Pease visit the Cardiff School of Social Sciences page for the ESRC Festival of Social Science 2011


Cesagen / MRC


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Open To: Staff and Students