Dr Michael Eades

Contact details

Name:
Dr Michael Eades
Qualifications:
BA, MA, PhD
Position/Fellowship type:
Cultural Contexts Research Fellow and Public Engagement Manager
Fellowship term:
12-Feb-2013
Institute:
School of Advanced Study
Location:
School of Advanced Study, University of London, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Phone:
+44 (0)20 7862 8693
Email address:
Michael.Eades@sas.ac.uk
Website:
www.michaeleades.net

Research Summary and Profile

Research interests:
Culture, English Literature
Regions:
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

Related publications/articles:

Date Details
20-Jul-2016 ‘Festival in a Box’: Development and qualitative evaluation of an outreach programme to engage socially isolated people with dementia

Journal articles

25-Jun-2015 Bloomsbury Festival in a Box: engaging socially isolated people with dementia. Final Report.

Research aids

 Final project report to AHRC

27-Jul-2013 Arts on Prescription: a qualitative longitudinal outcomes study

Journal articles

Research Projects & Supervisions

Research projects:

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

Related 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/

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