Celebrating the power of literature in times of crisis
Researchers and students from the School of Humanities at the University of Wolverhampton are hosting an event to celebrate the importance of literature in challenging times.
The Centre for Transnational and Transcultural Research (CTTR) is hosting a literary salon that brings together students and staff from the Humanities with the public to ask questions about the role of literature, culture and the arts in society – especially at a time of crisis.
Research shows that reading, writing, and other creative engagement can benefit wellbeing. These activities can relieve stress, anxiety and depression and forge stronger communities. Researchers at the University of Wolverhampton will be discussing what other effects arts and literature can have besides offering solace and critical perspectives, how fiction can help to counter fake news and ameliorate trauma.
The free event will be held at Wolverhampton Art Gallery, in the Georgian Gallery on Wednesday 30 March, starting at 4.30 pm and running until 6.30 pm. You can drop in at any time.
The celebratory event, led by PhD-student Nneoma Otuegbe and Sebastian Groes Professor in English Literature at the University of Wolverhampton, will include performances and panel discussions with Max Berghege, Dr Daisy Black, Dr Lisa Blower, Dr Aidan Byrne, Charlotte Dunn, Dr R. M. Francis, Madison Miller, Ifemu Omari, and Daniel Wiles.
Professor Sebastian Groes said: “The School of Humanities is delighted to foreground the amazing work that subjects such as English Literature and Creative Writing can do in times of crisis.
“Literature in particular forms a space for reflection – and a means to remain human when civilisation seems to collapse all around us. Writing and reading bring people together and heal communities – it helps us maintain a healthy society.
“I hope many will join us as we come together to celebrate the power of literature.”