Gayle Letherby is Honorary Professor of Sociology at Plymouth University and Visiting Professor at the University of Greenwich. Alongside substantive interests in reproductive and non/parental identities; gender, health and wellbeing; loss and bereavement; travel and transport mobility and working and gender and identity within institutions (including universities and prisons)she has an international reputation in research methodology. Expertise in this area includes feminist and qualitative approaches and in auto/biography and creative reflexivity (with reference to data collection and presentation). Gayle is currently co-editor of the Sage journal Methodological Innovationsand is in the process of editing the Handbook of Feminist Researchfor Routledge. For examples of non-academic writing and pieces written for general readership see  

David Carless is a professor of narrative psychology in the Institute of Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure at Leeds Beckett University. His professional background spans physical education, health and the performing arts. David’s performative and arts-based research methodologies has informed over 50 journal articles and book chapters; several commissioned evaluations and research projects; invited lectures and seminars; conference papers and keynotes; audio CDs; and live performances. David is co-author (with Kitrina Douglas) of Sport and physical activity for mental health and Life story research in sport: Understanding the experiences of elite and professional athletes through narrative and is co producer of Qualitative Conversations

Helle Winther, Associate Professor, Ph.D. in dance and movement psychology at University of Copenhagen. She is also a trained body- and dance psychotherapist. Her research and teaching focus on Embodiment & leadership, dance, improvisation & performance. Helle has published seven books and numerous research articles about her work.

Chris Saunders makes single screen and installation moving image works and related art works. His psychosocially engaged practice is grounded in a ludic use of film and visual/audio language to speculate on the emotional vulnerability of below the radar masculine psychologies and psychosocial formations that can crystallise or dissolve institutionalised identities.Chris’s film/art practice combines film, text, found footage, performance, documentary and cinematic narrative. His work is shown internationally at film festivals, national museums, art galleries, cinemas and public spaces.

Jackie Goode

Jackie Goode

In their 2006 book ‘Contesting empire/globalizing dissent’ Denzin and Giardina quote Chomsky on the responsibility of intellectuals (“i.e. you, dear reader”), who have “a moral and professional obligation to speak the truth, to expose lies, and see events in their historical perspective.” We must tell politics like a story, they assert. We must “Communicate it. Make it real. Present impassioned polemics. And refuse to create barriers that prevent ordinary people from understanding what is happening to them” (p4). The film ‘Academic Activism in a Time of Chaos’ attempts to do this. Using examples from their own work, a selection of social science academics at different stages in their careers share their own perspectives on what might constitute activism. Whether they’re working at an institutional, national, international or global level, what they have in common is a concern with various forms of inequality and a commitment to a social justice agenda – to finding ways to ‘make a difference’ in these singularly pressing times.

Sarvenaz SohrabiUniversity of Southampton

Sarvenaz expertise includes Fine art, graphic design, video art and performance. She is currently working in a collaborative Art-In-Health project under the title of “Paint Your Pain” with Micro and Nano Therapies (MiNaTher) group at University of Southampton supported by the Public Engagement with Research unit in 2018 towards. Her goal is to use her expertise towards helping the public to better communicate their pain and to support the work of biomedical engineers and clinicians in improving their technological solutions better accommodate patients’ need.

The ambition of “Paint your Pain” is to allow participants to paint their pain using colours and brushes. Then the artist re-imagine their paintings, and turn them into artworks using state of the art technologies such as; 3D printing, music, video, AI, etc. This project is made possible through the collaboration with engineers and scientists at the University of Southampton.

For more information about the project, workshops and seminars please go to: Twitter page: @PYPUOS:

Myntha Anthym

is a queer Black feminist, poet,
and statistician, and a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Interdisciplinary Research Institute for the Study of (in)Equality (IRISE) at the University of Denver. In her work she explores epistemologies of embodiment and methodologies of the heart through the lenses of Black Feminist Thought and Critical Race Theory. She is committed to expanding the role of the arts and arts-based inquiry in equity initiatives.

Tim Buescher I am part of a relatively young mental health nursing team at the University of Hull where I teach student mental health nurses about research. Although I have only had a permanent position at my institution for two years, I have been doing this for four years. My doctoral research began as an exploration of help-seeking in family members of compulsive hoarders and became a mutual exploration with a co-researcher of why we value some things and ideas over others and how we go on with disrupted and messy (hi)stories. In writing this, I have had to “come out” as a mental health practitioner uneasy with the position, language and politics of mental health care.

Tim is a member of the organising committee for the 2019 British Conference of Autoethnography in Bristol

Pervious participants include:

Bernadette & Paul Burbridge, General Manager and the Artistic Director of Riding Lights Theatre one of the UK’s most productive and long-established independent theatre companies. Founded in York 40 years ago, with the aim of creating unforgettable, entertaining theatre in response to current issues and the hopes and fears of the world we share.

Dilemmas Café Workshop

Delia Muir was one of three individuals chosen to receive  prestigious Wellcome Trust surgical simulation, citizen science and TV presenting and additionally explore the potential public engagement for improving in health through social engagement and inclusion.

Key Note: Sculptor Sarah SmithImagination and intuition

Sculptor Sarah Smith

“My sculptures express a fascination for what is underneath, what is hidden and what can be revealed both in a literal sense but also in relation to the human spirit.”

Sarah Smith was born in 1965 in Yorkshire and studied figurative art for many years including full-time study at The Elizabeth Frink School of Figurative Sculpture and a year of stone carving in Northern Italy. In 2005 Sarah returned to live in the distinctive limestone landscape of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, bordering The Forest of Bowland and the Lake District. Her talk will focus on imagination and intuition.

Panel members in progress and dilemmas cafe


Kim Etherington emeritus professor from the University of Bristol where she worked in a part time capacity since 1992 while also working freelance as an EMDR therapist, counsellor, supervisor, consultant and trainer in voluntary and statutory organisations.

Kim was awarded a Fellowship from the British Association for Counselling (BACP) in 2007, and is author of six books including, Trauma, Drug Misuse & Transforming Identities: A life story approach; Becoming a Reflexive Researcher: Using Our Selves in Research, and Trauma, the Body & Transformation.

Kim has taught nationally and internationally on topics related to reflexivity, narrative inquiry, trauma, abuse and health.