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Centre for Medical Humanities

Hieke Huistra

Interdisciplinary skills development for medical humanities: an opportunity for early career researchers and postgraduates. Funded by the AHRC and led by Durham University’s Centre for Medical Humanities in collaboration with the Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research and the Wellcome Trust.

Hieke Huistra

Hieke Huistra


Hieke Huistra (1982) is a postdoctoral researcher in medical history at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. She is interested in how medical practices and objects influence the way we experience our bodies. Her doctoral thesis, completed in 2013 at Leiden University, discusses how the nineteenth-century Leiden anatomical collections slowly became invisible to the general public. Currently, she uses a mix of digital and traditional historical methods to investigate both creation and consequences of the boundaries between health and illness in twentieth-century Dutch society. She investigates, for example, how we came to think that being fat equals being unhealthy, and why we use bathroom scales rather than measuring tape or examination by eye to determine whether our diets work. In addition to her research, Hieke teaches a course on scientific integrity.

Contact Details

Hearing the Voice
c/o School of Education
Durham University
Leazes Road 
Durham
DH1 1SZ

Tel: +44 (0)191 3348163