Interface: Shared Language

Virtual event


A playful interactive session bringing together academics/researchers from different subject areas through the sharing of images and encouraging interdisciplinary conversations.

***Please note that this event is only open to Loughborough University academics and researchers***

Photographs can often convey complex ideas more easily than written or verbal communication can. Psychologists have also found that images can enhance and aid communication, improving our understanding of a subject. With this in mind, we want to bring together academics/researchers from different subject areas to explore the value of images in encouraging interdisciplinary conversations.

You will need to bring with you three digital images (jpgs) of your own work which will be used within short 1-1 introductions with other participants. You will be matched with an academic/researcher who we think has a shared interest with you through subjects you are working on or the processes or materials you are using. 

Shared Language is designed by Sigune Hamann and Jonathan Kearney, University of the Arts London in collaboration with neuroscientists at Oxford University. The project is aimed at overcoming some of the barriers that prevent collaboration between different disciplines. To explore more of the ideas from previous iterations of the project, go to or view this video clip.


This event is part of Interface: a week of discussions and events that showcase interdisciplinary practice. Individual events are listed on the LU Arts website.


This event will take place via Zoom and automatic closed captioning (subtitles) will be available. Find out more about Zoom’s accessibility features.

If you have any specific accessibility requirements, then please email us in advance and we will do our best to accommodate these (

Attendees will be asked to respect a safer spaces policy which will be outlined at the start of the event. 


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