2 Jul 2024 - 3 Jul 2024 All day Alison Richard Building and Faculty of English



  • Satinder Gill (Centre for Music and Science, Darwin College)
  • Priti Mohandas (Department of Geography, Kings College)
  • Daniela Scalvo (Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Darwin College)
  • Carolyn Smith (Department of Geography, Wolfson College)
  • Lucy Thompson (Department of Geography, Trinity College)
  • Mia Wroe (Department of Geography, Newnham College)


“The Rhythm Of Life is a powerful beat” – and rhythm is beginning to emerge as a research paradigm: as a pathway to not only study but to actively engage social, economic, cultural, medical and environmental phenomena (c.f. Sefkatli and Nevejan, 2020).  The implications are significant as we face the ‘wicked problems’ of our time: from co-adaptation strategies to manage the ecological breakdown of our planet, to fostering cohesive communities that support us to live healthier, happier lives for longer; to defining new insights to address chronic illnesses and cellular processes.  These challenges require more-than-human, intercultural and trans-disciplinary creativity; rhythm offers the potential for a horizontal, communicable and collaborative paradigm to understand patterns of interconnection.  At its core, understanding rhythm is an exercise in empathy (through intersubjectivity); if we can (re)learn how to embrace The Rhythm Of Life – which, to paraphrase the song, is everywhere from your fingers to your feet, from your bedroom to the street – perhaps we can find new ways to live ‘in-tune’ with ourselves, our societies, and life of/on our planet Earth.

The innovative two-day workshop will challenge our carefully curated participants and locate opportunities for transdisciplinary collaboration and cross-fertilisation.  The workshop is led by an interdisciplinary team of researchers across the Department of Geography, the Department of History and Philosophy of Science and the Centre for Music and Science, and supports interns from the SHARE internship scheme.

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We will be opening up applications for participants, speakers and creative practitioners on the 10 of May.

If you have specific accessibility needs for this event please get in touch. We will do our best to accommodate any requests.

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