Elizabeth Casson Memorial Lecture 2019:

Delivering the prestigious Elizabeth Casson Memorial Lecture is an honour awarded by the Royal College to recognise outstanding leadership and achievement.

This year’s Elizabeth Casson Memorial Lecture will be delivered by… 

Dr Sarah Kantartzis, Senior Lecturer, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

Shifting our focus. Fostering the potential of occupation and occupational therapy in a complex world

Dr Sarah Kantartzis has been an occupational therapist for 40 years, working in the UK and Greece, with experience in mental health and paediatric services, but primarily working in education. Interested in the development of the profession Sarah became active in national and international professional organisations; She was Greek delegate to the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT), Secretary to the Hellenic Board, and (Vice) President of the European Network of Occupational Therapy in Higher Education (ENOTHE) . These experiences, together with being part of a bi-cultural/lingual family, deepened Sarah’s interest in diversity, cultural relativity and power across all areas of our occupational lives, leading to doctoral studies reconceptualising occupation in the Greek context. Recently, ideas around family and collective occupation in our communities, as well as processes of participatory citizenship, social inclusion and social transformation have guided her work, including coordination of the Empowering Learning for Social Inclusion (ELSITO) European Learning Partnership and membership of the ENOTHE citizenship project group. Sara is Chairperson of the OSEurope network and co-founder of the Social Transformation through Occupation network.


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