Dragon Hall Debates: Guts
Presented as part of the Norwich Science Festival
‘Can you stomach it?’ ‘Do you have the guts?’ Our digestive organs are inserted into colloquial phrases to explain a variety of cultural symptoms – but what is really churning in our bellies, and how does it affect us? In this debate, journalist and broadcaster Tim Hayward will help us digest our social history, Dr Lindsay Hall from the Quadram Institute will expand on the interactions between our tummies and microbiota, and UEA’s Prof Tiffany Atkinson will share her views on the (sometimes embarrassing) ways that our anatomy has been represented culturally and historically.
Doors open for all events at 6.30 for a 7pm start.
Suitable for ages 16+.
Tiffany Atkinson is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. She is the editor of a theoretical textbook, The Body: A Reader (2003), and has strong research interests in the medical humanities, especially the history of anatomy and representations of the body. She is currently working on a series of critical essays about ‘the poetics of embarrassment’.
Dr Lindsay Hall is interested in the interactions between the host and its microbiota in early life. Her research group at the Quadram Institute seeks to understand the role that the early life microbiota plays in regulating immune responses – during health and in diseases such as IBD – to help in the design of new therapies.
Tim Hayward is a writer, columnist and broadcaster. He has published several books including Food DIY (2012) and the bestselling Knife: The Cult, Craft and Culture of the Cook’s Knife (2016) which has now been translated into eight languages. He’s a regular panellist on BBC Radio 4’s The Kitchen Cabinet and has also written and presented several radio documentaries, most recently the highly successful, five part Gut Instinct (2018).
The free Dragon Hall Debates series, presented jointly by the University of East Anglia and the National Centre for Writing, tackles a range of topical scientific, cultural and political issues, drawing on the expertise of UEA academics as well as guest thinkers, writers and commentators. Come along and hear from the panel, then join the conversation and have your say. All are welcome.