An interdisciplinary collaboration between the Faculties of Arts and Medicine & Health at the University of Leeds
PhD Research Student
MSc Medical Humanities, King’s College London, 2010-2012
MA Advanced Theatre Practice, Central School of Speech and Drama, 2000-2001
BA English Language and Literature, St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford, 1997-2000
My PhD will map out and analyse a diverse range of representations of schizophrenia, cross-referencing representations from the humanities (literary fiction; illness memoirs qua literature; fictional and documentary film; visual art; music; theatre; philosophy; literary criticism), from medicine (medical histories; psychiatry textbooks and nosologies; pharmaceutical literature; epidemiology; case studies and medical notes; patient advice and information; public health and awareness campaigns, from both medical bodies and independent charities), from ‘the media’ (news stories; advertising), from families and professional carers (through interviews and any available accounts) and individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia (through interviews and their own narratives, in whatever media they prefer).
The research has several objectives, some pertinent to humanities, others to medicine, but all to medical humanities:
In addition to my academic interests, I work as a semiotician advising companies, brands and advertising agencies on their communications. I have written several short books for children for HarperCollins, and I also run a small theatre company called Apikoros.