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YorkTalks 2020 - Session Three

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Food for thought: exposing the hidden consequences of food insecurity in Britain and the poverty of government thinking on work and welfare - Maddy Power, Department of Health Sciences

‘A tide of hunger is sweeping across the UK,’ says independent MP Frank Field, describing the findings of a recent report by the Independent Food Aid Network (IFAN). Research Fellow Dr Maddy Power argues that rather than eliminating food poverty, policy makers and their reliance on food banks, increasingly backed by supermarket chains, are in danger of ‘normalising’ the problem.

Drawing on research in Bradford and York, Dr Power reports from the frontline where women struggling to feed their families are battling against a welfare system that plunges them deeper into debt, increases their sense of isolation and forces them to rely on – often church-based – food banks as the UK drifts towards US-style corporate food banking.

Yet another meeting: are LGBT+ networks inside the NHS breaking the mould? - Anna Einarsdóttir, York Management Schoold Studies

Dr Anna Einarsdóttir and her interdisciplinary team are working with nine NHS Trusts across the UK to explore whether LGBT+ networks are making the NHS a better place to work. The early diagnosis is somewhat discouraging. An unappetising diet of formal meetings and rigid agendas, coupled with the time required to attend, makes it all but impossible for anyone other than managers to turn up. For those who can make it, the long wait until AOBs is often the only opportunity to talk about issues other than the ‘strategic’ ones set down by Trusts.

With a wealth of data collected, Dr Einarsdóttir and her team are providing the evidence base from which to assess the performance of these networks. Initial signs are that, rather than promoting inclusivity and diversity, LGBT+ meetings are fast becoming ‘exclusive clubs’ dominated by gay men.

The doctor of everything: the teeming world of a 17th century physician - Kevin Killeen, Department of English and Related Literature

In the 17th century, science, religion and the humanities were intertwined in very alien ways, and it was still conceivable that one could be an expert in them all. In this talk, literary historian Professor Kevin Killeen discusses the ideas of Sir Thomas Browne, whose writings are a rag-bag of everything that was worth knowing in the seventeenth century, plus quite a lot of things that weren’t.

Browne, writing in the midst of the English Civil War, was an encyclopaedic thinker, a collector of curiosities, a debunker of error, a mystic and a scientist, a physician and an antiquarian. He was also one of the greatest prose writers in English, loved by artists ranging from Coleridge to Virginia Woolf, but now largely a hidden and unknown genius.

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