News and Events


December 2009: Mark Phelan and Maruska Svasek received CETL funding for the CDEN facilitated teaching project Kathakali: Perfoming Emotions (see Events below).


Gender, Invisible Care and Hidden Tears/Emotions: Reflections for HIV/AIDS Policies in India
Lecture for Anthropology students by Keerty Nakray (Ms), School of Sociology, Social Policy & Social Work , Queen’s University, Belfast
Date: 29 April 2010
Place: Queen;s University Belfast

'I Love You'
Lecture/Films and Art Event by the artist Kate Hollett (CDEN artist in virtual residence) for Anthropology students at Queen's University Belfast
Date: 11-12 March 2010
Place: PFC307 and Belfast city centre
Videos of the films that were produced: I Love you Queens   I Love You Belfast

Kathakali: Performing Emotions
CETL-Funded teaching project for QUB Anthropology and Drama students, facilitated by CDEN, including lectures by Mark Phelan and Maruska Svasek and a worshop by two member from the Kala Chethena Troup, Kalamandalam Vijayakumar and Kalamandalam Barbara Vijayakumar.
: 11-19 February 2010
Place: Queens University Belfast
Videos of the Event

Feeling Risk, Hearing Sound
Gamelan improvisation by ethnomusicology students from Queens University Belfast about the risks and fears of blind people walking in urban spaces
Date: 2 November 2009, invitees only
Place: Performance Room, School of History and Anthropology
Organisers: Dr. Marina Roseman and Dr. Maruska Svasek in coorporation with the Royal National Institute of Blind People, Northern Ireland
For more information: Fearing Risk, Hearing Sound

Overcoming Distance: Transnational Families, Ageing and Care
Workshop for invited Senior Citizens
Date: 19 October 2009
Place: Centre of Migration Studies, Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh
Organisers: Allison Forbes, Patrick Fizgerald, Maruska Svasek
For more information: Overcoming Distance and CAP funded research

Border Panic? Rethinking Emotions on the Edge
Conference Session, Conference on Emotional Geographies
Date: April 6-8 2010
Place: University of South Australia
Call for Papers: Border Panic?

Intimacies, Knowledges and Ethnography
Ethnografeast IV: Young Scholars Workshop
24-27 June 2009
Place: Leiden University, The Netherlands
Organiser: Dr. Eric Baehre
For more information and the Call for Papers: Intimacies, Knowledges and Ethnography

Talking Health Matters: Personal Stories in Professional Practice
: 16-17 June 2009
Place: Northumbria University, City Campus East
For more information: Conference Programme

Travel and Trauma: An Interdisciplinary Colloquium and a
CDEN sponsored Photo competition
17-18 April 2009
Place: School of History and Anthropology, Queens University Belfast
Organiser: Dr. Jonathan Skinner
For more information and the Call for Papers: Travel and Trauma
Winning Entry of the photo competition 
Relevant references on the theme of memory and trauma

Return of the Rituals. Rites of Passage of Nagarathar Children
Release of Dr. Kala Shreen's Book and Docu-Film
14 March 2009
Time: 5.30 PM
Place: MOP Vaishnav College for Women

Cool! Drumming Rhythms and Feelings
Drumming event for a P4 class of 7-8 year old pupils
 30 January 2009
Place: Performance Room, School of History and Anthropology, Queens University Belfast
Organiser: Raymond Casserly
For more information: Cool! Drumming Rhythms and Feelings

Lecture: Emotion, Stress and Health: New Age Hinduism in America's Marketplace.
Date: 28 January 2009 
Speaker: Prof. Katherine Young, Mc Gill  University, Montreal, Canada.
Place: MOP Vaishnav College for Women, Chennai, India
Time: 11:30 a.m. - I:00 p.m.

International conference on Coorperate Social Responsibility
5, 6, 7 November 2008
Place: University of Madras, Chennai, India
For more information:

First Annual Celebration of CDEN
Date: October,28, 2008
Speakers: Mr. Thomas O'Connor, Stoneybatter Youth Service Dublin; Maruska Svasek, CDEN
Place: Queens University, Performance Room, 13 University Square, Belfast
Time: 4.30 pm

Inauguration of CDEN/Launch of CDEN Website in Chennai
: June 12, 2008
Speakers: Mr. Chris Gibson,  Director, British Council, South India
Place: Lifestyle Zone, British Council, Chennai
Time: 4.30 pm
Guest of Honour: Dr. Srinidhi Chidambaram, Consultant, Apollo Hospitals, Chennai & Renowned Bharatanatyam Exponent

Public lecture for Anthropology Students

Date: 2 May 2008
Title: Ethnicity, Conflict and Emotions. A Case from India
Speaker: Dr. Chandan Kumar Sharma
Affiliation: Dept. of Sociology, Tezpur University. Assam
Place: Queens University , PFC 307
Time: 10 am - 12 am

Lecture for Anthropology Students
29 January 2008
Title: Religion, Emotions and Politics in Contemporary Tamil Nadu: A Look at the non-Brahministic Sri Vaishnavism
Speaker: Professor Katherine K. Young
Affiliation: Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University, Montreal
Place: MOP Vaishnav College for Women
Time: 11 am - 1 pm

Public Lecture and Workshop
: 29 March 2008
Title: Approaching Death. Palliative Care from a Narrative Perspective
Speaker: Drs. Gonnie Jansen
Affiliation: Onderons, the Netherlands
Place: Queens University , PFC 307
Time: 10 am - 12 am

More information: Palliative care nurse Gonnie Jansen takes a narrative approach to dying patients. As a private nurse and a trainer in a hospice in the Netherlands, she initiated several narrative projects in which patients were stimulated to actively remember their past as part of holistic treatment. Her approach to palliative care is partly inspired by 'dignity therapy', a therapeutic intervention developed by the Canadian psychiatrist Harvey Chochinov that offers comfort to patients through reminiscence. In this therapeutic approach, patients aim to restore a sense of self through reflection on their personal life. Jansen will elaborate on her experiences with the production of personal cd's that record the life stories of her patients, both for themselves and their surviving relatives and friends. She will also show fragments of a documentary she made on palliative carers and their passion for the profession.  As part of the lecture, Jansen will give a short workshop that will allow the audience to practice her method. During the workshop, important methodological and ethical questions will be addressed, such as 'how to use the methodology?' and 'how to deal with the emotional dynamics involved?' The innovative treatment is relevant to students and scholars in medical disciplines, the social sciences and history, as it combines more conventional forms of medical practice with methods commonly used by psychotherapists, anthropologists and oral historians. 

Photographs taken during Gonnie Jansen's workshop