Conversations between the Sciences, Arts & Humanities


The Concept

The term vertigo has often been used to describe the maelstrom of the twentieth-century metropolis. But, with new technologies producing ever-higher buildings and ever-faster means of transport, what is the significance of vertigo today? And how can it help us to interpret the physical and mental experience of the contemporary city?

Vertigo in the City brings together an eclectic mix of scholars, clinicians and practitioners to share perspectives on vertigo.  Our multidisciplinary conversations explore how sensations of dizziness and disorientation are diagnosed, analysed, evoked, induced, critiqued and represented, with a particular focus on the built environment.
The Project

Vertigo in the City is an exploratory research project supported by a Wellcome Trust Medical Humanities grant and led by Dr Davide Deriu from the University of Westminster, London.

This six-month project culminates in a two-day event, hosted by the University of Westminster (29-30 May 2015). The public Symposium includes presentations by the multidisciplinary research team and a keynote lecture by Turner-nominated artist Catherine Yass. A knowledge-sharing Workshop the following day brings together invited participants from a broad range of vertigo-related specialisms, whose abstracts and biographies are contained in this booklet (click to download).
Workshop Participants

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