• 25 APRIL 2023

    International Society for Research on Solitude of the University of Szczecin is pleased to invite you to the next online seminar:The Problem with The Loneliness Epidemic. Our guest will be Professor Olivia Sagan from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh.

    Professor Olivia Sagan (MA, PhD, MBACP, CPsychol, AFBPsS, PFHEA) is the Centre Director for the Centre for Applied Social Sciences, a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), an Associate of the Royal Society for Public Health, a member of the Undergraduate Education Committee of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a member of British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). Olivia’s area of research expertise is in phenomenological qualitative research, exploring first person narrative of mental illness and its interface with creative expression and strategies for wellbeing. She works with a numer of community-based mental health organizations as part of this work, and is involved in arts practice-based PHD projects with researchets with long-term mental illness. Olivia is regularly involved in overseas humanitarian projects.

    In this seminar Olivia will give an overview of the burgeoning research into loneliness and also explore the popular discourse surrounding it.

    She will argue that much of the research and discourse are entrenched in assumptions and deficit language. These reinforce the stigma of loneliness and deny agency while failing to pay heed to the structural forces that trigger and maintain loneliness as ‘an epidemic’ of 21st century life.

    The seminar will take place on Thursday 27th April 2023 at 4 pm of UK time /11.00 US EST time /5pm Polish time / 5pm Malta /6pm Israeli time / 6pm Turkish time / 11pm Hong Kong / 1am next day Melbourne. It will be held in MS Teams application. If you want to join, click here.