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Dr William Viney

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Centre for Medical Humanities

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William Viney's research is at the intersection of literary and cultural studies, philosophy and medical humanities. He holds a BA in English Literature and Development Studies from the University of Sussex, an MA in English Studies from Durham University, and a PhD in Cultural Studies and Humanities from the London Consortium.

He came to the Department of English Studies and the Centre for Medical Humanities in 2012 and in January 2014 became a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow. These appointments are allowing him to prepare a monograph on the significance of human twins, ranging from their presence in Greek myth to their use in contemporary molecular genetics.

His monograph, Waste: A Philosophy of Things, was published in 2014, and his writing has appeared in journals such as Textual Practice,Cabinet, and Critical Quarterly. Aside from his research he has an interest in public engagement and new media. Formerly an editor of academic books in the social sciences and humanities at Pluto Press, he helped to found Pod Academy, one of the UK's first academic podcasting initiatives. With Angela Woods and Felicity Callard he is co-editor of the Centre for Medical Humanities blog and, in 2013, co-ordinated public engagement events for the Hearing the Voice project through the AHRC’s Cultural Engagement Fund. He is a member of The METADAC (Managing Ethico-social, Technical and Administrative issues in Data ACcess), a multi-agency multi-study data access structure that serves several of the UK’s major cohort studies. 

Selected Publications

Authored book

  • Viney, William (Planned). Twins: Lives in Experiment.
  • Viney, William (2014). Waste: A Philosophy of Things. Bloomsbury Academic.

Chapter in book

  • Viney, William (2017). Experimenting in the Biosocial: The Strange Case of Twin Research. In The Palgrave Handbook of Biology and Society. Meloni, Maurizio, Cromby, John, Fitzgerald, Des & Lloyd, Stephanie London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Viney, William (2016). Getting the Measure of Twins. In The Edinburgh Companion to Critical Medical Humanities. Anne Whitehead, Angela Woods, Sarah Atkinson, Jane Macnaughton & Jennifer Richards Edinburgh University Press. 104-119.
  • Viney, William (2013). Between Lone Rangers and Double Agents. In Desert Island. James, Simon & Lloyd, Toby Phips Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University. 30-33.
  • Viney, William. (2013). The Future of Ruins. In Aesthetic Fatigue: Modernity and the Language of Waste. Scanlan, John. & Clark, J. F. M. Cambridge Scholars. 141-162.
  • Viney, William (2012). 'Not necessarily in that order': Contempt, Adaptation and the Metacinematic. In Godard's Contempt: Essays from the London Consortium. MacCabe, Colin & Mulvey, Laura Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. 148-156.

Journal Article

  • Viney, William, Callard, Felicity & Woods, Angela (2015). Critical Medical Humanities: Embracing Entanglement, Taking Risks. Medical Humanities 41(1): 2-7.
  • Viney, William (2014). Curious Twins. Critical Quarterly 53(2): 47-58.
  • Viney, William (2014). T.S. Eliot and the Textualities of the Discarded. Textual Practice 28(6): 1057-1075.

Book review

  • Viney, William (2016). Twins Talk: What Twins Tell Us about Person, Self, and Society, by Dona Lee Davis. American Anthropologist 118(3): 658–659
  • Viney, William (2014). Hannah Sullivan, The Work of Revision. The Times Literary Supplement (5794): 27.
  • Viney, William (2013). Review: 'Alexander, C. and Reno, J. (eds) Economies of Recycling: The Global Transformation of Materials, Values and Social Relations Zed Books 2012 304 pp. £70 (hardback) £19.99 (paperback).’. British Journal of Sociology 64(3): 548-549.
  • Viney, William (2013). Review: ‘Entangled: An Archaeology of the Relationships between Humans and Things by Ian Hodder. Wiley-Blackwell, 2012, 264 pp., ISBN 978-0470672129'. Critical Quarterly 55(2): 110-115.

Edited Journal

  • Viney, William, Callard, Felicity & Woods, Angela (2015). Critical Medical Humanities. Medical Humanities, 41 (1).

Newspaper/Magazine Article

  • Viney, William (2015). Data-Doubles of the Self: Twinship in Contemporary Art. Frieze (169): 33-34.
  • Viney, William (2012). Among the Ruins. The Vacuum (34): 2-3.
  • Viney, William (2012). Two by Two: A Timeline of Twins. Cabinet (47): 36-39.

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