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Waiting is one of healthcare’s core experiences.  It is there in the time it takes to access services; through the days, weeks, months or years needed for diagnoses; in the time that treatment takes; and in the elongated time-frames of recovery, relapse, remission and dying.

Funded by the Wellcome Trust, our project opens up what it means to wait in and for healthcare by examining lived experiences, representations and histories of delayed and impeded time.

In an era in which time is lived at increasingly different and complex tempos, Waiting Times looks to understand both the difficulties and vital significance of waiting for practices of care.

Our work is divided across four themes.  Click on these for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can find out about all the work we are doing right here, including details of workshops, conferences, academic papers and publications and public engagement events.



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Care and Waiting: Marion Coutts in Conversation with Laura Salisbury. Tuesday 29th of June

Artist and writer Marion Coutts is best known for her award-winning memoir The Iceberg, written in response to her husband’s diagnosis and eventual death from a brain tumour. In this online event, Marion speaks to Laura Salisbury, Professor of Modern Literature and Medical Humanities at the University of Exeter, about healthcare, waiting times and contemporary art, writing …

Dialogues on the time of Covid-19 Summer Series. Thursday 24th of June. Boredom – deprivations and emptiness in the pandemic.

Josh Cohen, psychoanalyst, Professor of Modern Literary Theory and author of “Not Working: Why We Have to Stop” and other books, will be in conversation with Laura Salisbury, Professor in Modern Literature and Medical Humanities, whose wide ranging publications include a book on Beckett and papers on waiting and who is working on the cultural …

Researching the Unconscious: The Essex Summer School in Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Research Methods 04, 18, 25 June 2021

    This summer school brings together experienced psychosocial researchers, who will teach you how they use psychosocial and psychoanalytic ideas and methodologies to conduct their research. Based on examples from their own research practice, you will learn how psychosocial approaches and psychoanalysis can help you construct your object of research, conduct your fieldwork, and …

SHARE YOUR STORY

We’d love to hear your story of waiting.

It can be a written story, or a recording, or a video, or a picture.  Whatever you like.

 

 

Hit the big red ticket machine to upload your story, video, song, audio file, image or whatever you want to send.

 

 

Alternatively, you can email Michael (m.flexer@exeter.ac.uk) to share your story with us.

All stories will be anonymised and have identifying details removed.

Before sending us your story, please read our  Waiting Times Info Sheet  and download a Waiting Times Consent Form.