Transformation, Illness and Identity 6th July 2019 Holiday Inn Riverlights, Derby - Day Session (9-5) TBC, Derby - Evening Session (7.30-10.00)
CALL FOR PAPERS (Day Session) POETRY/PROSE (Evening Session)
"There is one consolation in being sick; and that is the possibility that you may recover to a better state than you were ever in before." - H.D. Thoreau.
In contemporary society we are easily plagued by all manner of ailments, from viruses to 'the blues', infections to panic attacks. Some of these may be short-lived, but a state of chronic illness affects the lives of thousands of individuals. Illness has long haunted humanity, and we have sought various means to ease pain and cure where possible. But what about the individual repercussions of 'being ill' or 'having been ill'? How might illness change or influence our identity? Might illness even lead us to a "a better state" of being? How might we integrate illness into our identity if we can not be 'cured'? And how can we avoid falling into despair, and finding meaning in the midst of intense suffering? This Spirituality and Wellbeing event will explore the impact and role of spiritual* experiences associated with personal transformation in connection with chronic illness(es). Using scholarship and poetry, we will examine ways in which we talk about, or understand, illness(es) and the ways in which we may come to a deeper understanding of self. *used in the widest possible sense of the term, and to include secular spirituality and religion based spirituality
Topics might include: Soul journeying, shamanism and the self Archetypal explorations of self Connection with the natural world Recovery and transformation Spiritual emergency; unexpected spiritual experiences Religious conversion or loss of faith following an illness Suffering and transformation Transformation of the self through treatment for mental illness Spirituality in psychotherapeutic engagement and approach Pastoral healthcare Voice hearing Ritual and illness
This event will present a selection of academic papers in the day session, following by an evening of poetry/prose recitals in the evening (the evening event will be co-curated with Derby based poet and writer Pippa Nayer). Academic paper submissions for talks of around 30 minutes, should be in a 300-500 word abstract, with accompanying bio. Those wishing to submit poetry or prose should send a brief synopsis of their work, with one piece and an accompanying bio. Please send all submissions to Hannah via firstname.lastname@example.org before the 18th February 2019.