I give talks about eating disorders (especially anorexia) and recovery; about cultivating healthier, happier ways of relating to food and our bodies; and about mental health more generally (especially in a university setting). I have experience in innovative events design and management, and am always happy to tailor the format to suit your needs—from a straightforward talk with Q&A to a collaborative fiction-writing workshop or a body-awareness tutorial, or some mixture of all three. If you would like to discuss a potential event, please write to me via the Contact page.
I have also worked in a consultancy role on projects involving eating disorders. For example, I am a member of the advisory board for the artist Daria Martin’s 2017 short-film adaptation of Kafka’s story ‘A Hunger Artist’, which performs the difficult feat of rendering this ambiguous story without resorting either to sensationalism or to over-elaborate metaphorical interpretations. You can read more here, and watch a short clip here.
Other past events and projects include:
- ‘Overcoming a sense of academic failure’: an event for Oxford graduates and postdocs, with an associated podcast series and workbook coming soon
- A talk about time, art, and perception at the North Wall Gallery, Oxford, summarised here
- A workshop series ‘Personal perspectives on mental health’, St John’s College, Oxford: intimate and honest early-evening conversations between students and academics, each led by an academic with experience of a specific mental illness
- ‘Fiction and eating disorders’: an unconventional day-long workshop run with the charity Beat, involving science and humanities researchers, creative writers, and medics in collaborative fiction-reading and -writing
- Contributions to a range of university welfare events focused on mental health
- Recovery talks at eating-disorder clinics
My past and future talks are listed on my personal site, here. Upcoming events currently include a welfare session in Oxford on ‘Food, bodies, and the wider world’ and a talk on my bibliotherapy research in Uppsala.
And a testimonial from the artist whose North Wall exhibition I spoke at:
‘Emily Troscianko has star quality. She can take rich and complex ideas, from several different disciplines and directions, and she can turn them into a narrative that is fluent and easy to understand. She has wit, grace, empathy and vivacity, so she can hold an audience’s attention with ease. She can take things seriously without intimidating the listener, and she can use humour with a light touch. Speaking as someone who has directed projects in small spaces and vast halls, on television, radio and internet, I am confident she can work well in all these settings. And Emily writes well too.’
Geoff Dunlop Curator | Producer | Filmmaker | Artist
Please get in touch if you have an idea for an event project you’d like to explore with me.