Venue: Manchester Metropolitan University | Wed 4 November 2015

Contact: Kevin Albertson Email:

As part of the Manchester Metropolitan University Festival of Knowledge, a free one-day symposium will examine the role and contribution of the humanities, arts and social sciences in awakening the imaginative and moral sense amongst participants.


Keynote – Michael Symmons Roberts


In Praise of Idleness: The fight for temporality – Steve Earnshaw

Bridging the humanities disciplines with urban ecology and temporal wellbeing – Konstantinos Tzoulas

Gaia’s Graveyards – Helena Kettleborough

Learning together in Prisons: Being, belonging and becoming – Amy Ludlow and Ruth Armstrong

Identity rearticulations in a changing social setting: the case of (Mediterranean) Croatia – Eni Buljubašić

Your Critical Creative Capacity and Making Better Decisions – Michael D. Baumtrog

Humanities and Freedom – Kevin Albertson and Katherine Albertson

The Wealth of Reading: English literature, inequality and social change –  Sue McPherson

The Tender Space: Theatre, dialogue and response-ability – Sophie Bush

‘Tell all the Truth, but tell it slant’: the role of fiction in exploring moral dilemmas – Catherine Wilcox