The Art of Conversation

Saturday, 16th February, 2019 - 9.30am - 5.30pm

Royal Society of Edinburgh , 22-26 George Street
Edinburgh, Midlothian EH2 2PQ

Discussion Forums

10.00 - 11.30 Conversation in a Digital World
Conversations in relation to the digital age and the effects on society

1.        Dr IainDonald, Lecturer in Interactive Media Production & Academic Enterprise Leader, Abertay University (RSE Young Academy of Scotland)
2.        Ian LeBruce, Director, Ignite (RSE Young Academy of Scotland)
3.        Associate Professor James Blake, Director of the Centre for Media and Culture, Edinburgh Napier University (RSE Young Academy of Scotland)

Dr Fiona McNeill, Lecturer in Computer Science, Herriot Watt University (RSE Young Academy of Scotland) 

12.30 – 14.00 The Art of Good Conversation
The development of conversation through the years

1. Professor Jeremy Smith, Professor of English Philology, University of Glasgow 

15.00 - 16.30 Creative Conversation
The portrayal of conversation through art, drama and literature

1.      Professor Dee Heddon, James Arnott Chair in Drama, University of Glasgow
2.      Dr Graeme Wilson, Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh
3.      Pinar Aksu, Development Officer, Maryhill Integration Network : Theatre of the Oppressed practitioner, Active Inquiry and World Spirit Theatre (RSE Young Academy of Scotland) 

Professor Maggie Kinloch FRSE, Freelance Theatre Director

In Conversation Talks

11:45 - 12:30 Children and Conversation
How technology shapes children's interaction and communication: looking forward

1.      Dr Andrew Manches, Chancellor's Fellow, University of Edinburgh (RSE Young Academy of Scotland)
2.      Dr Fiona McNeill, Lecturer in Computer Science, Herriot Watt University (RSE Young Academy of Scotland) 

14.15 - 15.00 Speaking Without Words
Discussing non-verbal conversation and communication

1.      Dr Marieke Schouwstra, School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, University of Edinburgh
2.      Tom POW, Creative Director, A Year of Conversation 2019 

16.45 - 17.30 Should I Talk About It?
Talking about mental health and approaches to starting conversations

1.      Julie Cameron, Head of Programmes (Scotland), Mental Health Foundation (RSE Young Academy of Scotland)
2.      Lily Asch, Founder and Director, Real Talk (RSE Young Academy of Scotland) 

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