The Hearing the Voice project is hosting talks by two visiting anthropologists this Wednesday 18 September: Andrew Irving (University of Manchester), will be speaking on ‘Everyday (Ad)ventures in Ekphrastic Ethnography’ in the Henry Dyson Room (Hild-Bede) from 3.30 to 5pm. This will be followed by the Joint Special Interest Group in Psychosis, featuring a presentation from Professor Janis H Jenkins on ‘Tangible Experience of the Extaordinary and the Ordinary: Psychosis as a Fundamental Human Process’ from 5.30 -7 pm. All welcome.
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