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Dr Angela Woods

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Associate Professor of Medical Humanities in the Department of English Studies
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 48145
Room number: C120, Caedmon Building
Associate in the Department of Philosophy
Deputy Director in the Centre for Medical Humanities
Room number: C120, Caedmon Building, Leazes Road, Durham, DH1 1SZ

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I am an interdisciplinary medical humanities researcher working at the intersection of cultural theory, philosophy and literary studies. I am the Co-Director of Hearing the Voice, an eight-year interdisciplinary study of voice-hearing currently funded by a Wellcome Trust Humanities and Social Sciences Collaborative Award, and was academic lead for our recent exhibition Hearing Voices: Suffering, Inspiration and the Everyday

I completed my PhD in Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Melbourne, where I also lectured in Postmodernism and was the lead curriculum designer of Australia's first interdisciplinary coursework degree for doctoral students. I joined Durham University's Centre for Medical Humanities in 2010 and until August 2017 was based in the School of Medicine Pharmacy and Health.

My first book, The Sublime Object of Psychiatry: Schizophrenia in Clinical and Cultural Theory, was published in 2011, and my current research interests include the interplay between theoretical and subjective accounts of unusual experience and new modes of 'doing interdisciplinarity', especially within the critical medical humanities. I am an Associate Editor of the BMJ Medical Humanities Journal, Deputy Director of Durham's Centre for Medical Humanities, and founding editor of the Centre for Medical Humanities blog.

Research Interests

  • Critical Medical Humanities
  • Voice-Hearing - Phenomenology
  • Voice-Hearing - Hermeneutics
  • Narrative approaches to mental health
  • Interdisciplinary Research & Practice


Authored book

  • Woods, A. (2011). The Sublime Object of Psychiatry: Schizophrenia in Clinical and Cultural Theory. Oxford.: Oxford University Press.

Chapter in book

  • Whitehead, Anne & Woods, Angela (2016). Introduction. In The Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities. Whitehead, Anne, Woods, Angela, Atkinson, Sarah, Macnaughton, Jane & Richards, Jennifer Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. 1-31.
  • Woods, A. (2013). Beyond the Wounded Storyteller: Rethinking Narrativity, Illness and Embodied Self-Experience. In Health, Illness and Disease: Philosophical Essays. Carel, H. & Cooper, R. Newcastle.: Acumen. 113-128.
  • Woods, A. (2012). Mathematics <> Masculinity <>Madness. In Madness in Context: Historical, Poetic and Artistic Narratives. Araoz, G. Oxford.: Interdisciplinary Press.

Edited book

  • Whitehead, A., Woods, A., Atkinson, S., Macnaughton, J. & Richards, J. (2016). The Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities. Edinburgh Companions to Literature. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Journal Article

  • Woods, Angela (2017). On shame and voice-hearing. Medical Humanities 43(4): 251-256.
  • Viney, William, Callard, Felicity & Woods, Angela (2015). Critical Medical Humanities. Medical Humanities 41(1).
  • Viney, William, Callard, Felicity & Woods, Angela (2015). Critical Medical Humanities: Embracing Entanglement, Taking Risks. Medical Humanities 41(1): 2-7.
  • Woods, A., Jones, N., Alderson-Day, B., Callard, F. & Fernyhough, C. (2015). Experiences of hearing voices: analysis of a novel phenomenological survey. The Lancet Psychiatry 2(4): 323-331.
  • Callard, F., Fitzgerald, D. & Woods, A. (2015). Interdisciplinary collaboration in action: tracking the signal, tracing the noise. Palgrave Communications 1: 15019.
  • Bernini, M. & Woods, A. (2014). 'Interdisciplinarity as Cognitive Integration: Auditory verbal Hallucinations as a Case study'. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science 5(5): 603-612.
  • McCarthy-Jones, S., Thomas, N., Strauss, C., Dodgson, G., Jones, N., Woods, A., Brewin, C., Hayward, M., Stephane, M., Barton, J., Kingdon, D. & Sommer, I. (2014). Better Than Mermaids and Stray Dogs? Subtyping Auditory Verbal Hallucinations and Its Implications for Research and Practice. Schizophrenia Bulletin 40(Suppl 4): S275-S284.
  • Larøi, F., Luhrmann, T. M., Bell, V., Christian, W. A., Deshpande, S., Fernyhough, C., Jenkins, J. & Woods, A. (2014). Culture and Hallucinations: Overview and Future Directions. Schizophrenia Bulletin 40(Suppl 4): S213-S220.
  • Woods, A., Jones, N., Bernini, M., Callard, F., Alderson-Day, B., Badcock, J., Bell,V., Cook, C., Csordas, T., Humpston, C., Krueger, J., Larøi, F., McCarthy-Jones, S., Moseley, P., Powell, H., Raballo, A., Smailes, D. & Fernyhough, C. (2014). Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Phenomenology of Auditory Verbal Hallucinations. Schizophrenia Bulletin 40(Suppl 4): S246-S254.
  • Waters, Flavie, Woods, Angela & Fernyhough, Charles (2014). Report on the 2nd International Consortium on Hallucination Research: Evolving Directions and Top-10 “Hot Spots” in Hallucination Research. Schizophrenia Bulletin 40(1): 24-27.
  • Woods, A (2013). Rethinking 'patient testimony' in the medical humanities the case of Schizophrenia Bulletin’s first-person accounts. Journal of Literature and Science 6(1): 38-54.
  • Woods, Angela (2013). The Voice-Hearer. Journal of Mental Health 22(3): 263.
  • Woods, A. (2011). 'I suffer in an unknown manner that is hieroglyphical’. Jung and Babette en route to Freud and Schreber. History of the Present 1(2): 244-258.
  • Woods, A. (2011). Memoir and the Diagnosis of Schizophrenia: Reflections on The Centre Cannot Hold; Me, Myself, and Them; and the ‘Crumbling Twin Pillars’ of Kraepelinian Psychiatry. Mental Health Review 16(3): 102-106.
  • Woods, A. (2011). Post-Narrative: An Appeal. Narrative Inquiry 21(2): 399-406.
  • Woods, A. (2011). The Limits of Narrative: Provocations for the Medical Humanities. Medical Humanities 37(2): 73-78.

Book review

  • Woods, A. (2014). Book Review. Medicine, Health and the Arts: Approaches to the Medical Humanities. Edited by Victoria Bates, Alan Bleakley, Sam Goodman. Published by Routledge, 2013, hardback, 304 pages. ISBN 978-0415644310, £84.99. Medical Humanities 40(2): 146-148.
  • Woods, A. (2013). Book review: Matti Hyvarinen, Lars-Christer Hyden, Maria Saarenheimo and Maria Tamboukou, Beyond narrative coherence: an introduction. Qualitative research 13(2): 246-248.