Pain and its Meanings – From the Wellcome Collection


Pain and its Meanings

Is pain really so difficult to articulate? Or can it actually generate creative expression? If so, what do these narratives tell us about the meaning of pain?

A unique two-day symposium in December brought together some of the liveliest and most widely respected creative and scholarly minds to prod, probe and discuss profound questions about the relationship between body, mind and culture. How and why do we give meaning to bodily pain?

Featuring historian Joanna Bourke, poet Jo Shapcott, composer Dan Eisner Harle and visual artist Deborah Padfield.