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Phil Jones to deliver a second public lecture

- By Wits University

Professor Phil Jones, currently visiting Wits as a Wits Mellon Distinguished Scholar in the Faculty of Humanities, will deliver his second public lecture on Thursday, 26 March 2015.

An internationally renowned scholar and author joining Drama for Life at Wits, Jones will talk about Arts and Therapy: The Natures of Change and Proof at 13:00 in the Wits Downstairs Theatre, Wits Theatre Complex, Braamfontein Campus East. View the full programme.

Drawing on research with drama therapists and interviews with researchers in the arts therapies, the lecture will look at tensions in the field such as the divide between qualitative and quantitative paradigms and arts and science and will argue against separation and for greater conversations within, and between, disciplines. The presentation will draw on Jones’ recent publications in journals such as The Arts in Psychotherapy and the Drama Therapy Review.

Jones’ visit commenced last week and he has been conducting workshops and talks about arts and drama therapy. His first lecture, delivered on 19 March 2015, was titled Human Rights, Children and the Arts Therapies.

Jones, from the University College London (UCL) Institute of Education, has held the roles of Director of Research at the University of Leeds and visiting Professor to Concordia University, Montreal. 

His publications include The Arts Therapies (2005 Routledge), Drama as Therapy (2007 Routledge), Rethinking Childhood (2009 Continuum) and Rethinking Children’s Rights (2010 with Welch, Continuum). His books have been translated and published in China, South Korea and Greece. Jones is the editor of Drama as Therapy Volume 2 (2010 Routledge), Supervision of Dramatherapy (with Dokter, 2008, Routledge), Children’s Rights in Practice (with Walker, 2011 Sage), Exploring Education and Childhood: From Current Certainties to New Visions (with Wyse, Davis and Rogers, 2015 Routledge), Childhood: Services and Provision (with Moss, Tomlinson and Welch, 2007 Pearson) and is the series editor for Continuum’s New Childhoods.

His research articles have been published in journals including the European Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, The Arts in Psychotherapy and Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy.  

Jones has given keynotes in many countries including South Africa, South Korea, the USA, Italy, Greece, the Netherlands and at the prestigious Triennial World Congress for Psychotherapy in Sydney, Australia. He has recently completed a national research project for the Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England on children’s rights in schools.

The Distinguished Scholars Programme aims to attract the best academic talent to Wits. “Our goal is to recruit 30 leading scholars and researchers to the University over three years,” says Professor Adam Habib, Wits Vice-Chancellor and Principal.

“These are distinguished scholars who will generate new research, supervise postgraduate students and in so doing develop a new generation of scholars and intellectuals. They will build research entities, centres and groups around them that will ideally generate more research from these concentrated hubs over the years.”

Drama for Life is a unique, internationally acclaimed postgraduate Division of Applied Drama and Theatre Studies, Drama Education and Drama Therapy Studies in the Wits School of Arts at the University of the Witwatersrand.

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