- Dr Michael Eades
- BA, MA, PhD
- Cultural Contexts Research Fellow and Public Engagement Manager
- School of Advanced Study
- School of Advanced Study, University of London, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
- +44 (0)20 7862 8693
- Email address:
Research Summary and Profile
- Research interests:
- Culture, English Literature
- Research keywords:
- Cultural and Literary Theory; Public Engagement; Arts and Health
- England, United Kingdom
- Summary of research interests and expertise:
I am the School of Advanced Study’s Cultural and Public Engagement Research Fellow. The main part of my job lies in overseeing public engagement activity within the School, initiating cultural partnerships and projects, and managing and curating programming for the School’s flagship national forum for public engagement: the Being Human festival of the humanities.
As a scholar, my research lies on the intersection of literary and cultural studies. My work focusses on questioning of the oppositional role that collaborative creative activity might play in political imaginings of ‘community’. Specifically, my focus has been on the role of the arts in supporting/subverting ‘communitarian’ political discourses prevalent in post-1997 UK politics.
Since completing my PhD in 2012 my work has generally been project based and collaborative, and conducted in ‘real world’ contexts. I have worked with arts and health initiatives in Nottingham and London, and between 2013-2014 I completed the AHRC-funded project Bloomsbury Festival in a Box: engaging socially isolated people with dementia. This formed part of the AHRC’s major Cultural Value project.
I would be very happy to hear from any cultural practitioners, community groups, institutions, etcetera, who may want to explore possibilities for collaborations with the School of Advanced Study for the Being Human festival or any other projects.
- Publication Details
Date Details 20-Jul-2016 ‘Festival in a Box’: Development and qualitative evaluation of an outreach programme to engage socially isolated people with dementia
25-Jun-2015 Bloomsbury Festival in a Box: engaging socially isolated people with dementia. Final Report.
Final project report to AHRC
27-Jul-2013 Arts on Prescription: a qualitative longitudinal outcomes study
- Research Projects & Supervisions
Details Bloomsbury Festival in a Box: engaging socially isolated people with dementia
Between August 2013 and May 2014 I was PI on the AHRC-funded research project Bloomsbury Festival in a Box: engaging socially isolated people with dementia. This project researched, implemented and analysed a pilot scheme for engaging people with dementia in the arts. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as part of the two-year Cultural Value Project, the project was a collaboration between the School of Advanced Study, University of London, University College London, the Bloomsbury Festival, and Age UK Camden.
At its core, the project sought to create a miniature and peripatetic version of the Bloomsbury Festival–an arts festival based in central London–that would be tailored to the needs of people living with dementia and would allow them to share insights into their lives in the area. ‘Archives’ of the engagement process were collected for each participant, and their contents analysed via a multi-disciplinary narrative research framework.
- Relevant Events
Date Details 01-Feb-2017 Being Human festival of the humanities
My current focus of activity is curating and managing Being Human – the UK’s only national festival of the humanities. I helped establish this festival in 2014, and it now takes place annually at venues across the UK. In 2016 the Being Human featured over 250 events in 45 towns and cities across the UK, organised by over 70 universities and research organisations.
01-Sep-2015 Festival in a Box: Archives
Exhibition at the Leeds College of Art displaying research outputs and orginal artworks developed as part of the 'Bloomsbury Festival in a Box' project. The exhibition was aimed primarily at stucdents and practitioners at the start of their careers and was seen by around 2,000 people in autumn/winter 2015.
01-May-2014 Festival in a Box: sharing knowledge on dementia and the arts
Project dissemintaion/knowledge share day for the Bloomsbury Festival in a Box Project . The day provided an environment in which the lessons learned from our project could be contextualised in relation to the broader landscape of arts and health projects working with people with dementia. Podcasts of talks from the day are available here: https://festivalinabox.blogs.sas.ac.uk/outputs/
23-Oct-2013 Ministry of Communication
Curatorial project at the School of Advanced Study funded by the AHRC’s Cultural Engagement Fund Pilot Scheme. For this project I curated a programme of events and original art commissions for the Bloomsbury Festival in October 2013. The project was designed to act as a catalyst for public engagement activity in the University of London, and to help the School of Advanced Study to reassess its place in relation to the cultures, histories and communities of its immediate civic milieu. The programme featured speakers including Will Self, Iain Sinclair, Andrew Motion and Ruth Padel, contributions from across the School's research institutes, and four original art commissions - one funded by an additional grant from the Arts Council of England. Outputs are archived here: www.michaeleades.net/2013/10/02/ministry-of-communication-bloomsbury-festival-2013/
Other editing/publishing activities:
Date Details 2016 Kindred Spirits? University/ cultural partnerships.
Article for Arts Professional
2016 Still Invited to the Party?
Article for Arts Professional
2014 Being Human: A new forum for engagement with the humanities
Guest blog for the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement.
- Consultancy & Media
- Available for consultancy:
- Media experience: