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Durham University

Department of Geography

Student Receives Royal Geographical Society Accolade for 2015 Undergraduate Dissertation

(29 September 2015)

Student Kirsty Matthews has been awarded the 2015 undergraduate dissertation award from the RGS History and Philosophy of Geography Research Group. Kirsty’s dissertation 'Mattering the Mind: Subjectivity and not Knowing within Obsessive Compulsive Disorder' was supervised by Dr Paul Harrison.

The Royal Geographical Society described the dissertation as "outstanding: in ethical sensitivity; in depth of theoretical engagement; in clarity and coherence; and in the way in which she refuses to stabilise a highly complex and difficult condition, and thus achieves an understanding of it that challenges medical and therapeutic discourses. The resulting work could arguably be said to be more ‘philosophy’ than ‘geography’. However, geographical literature is central to the whole work, and provides the means by which Kirsty critiques other (e.g. medical / psychological) literature. The dissertation thus pushes at the boundaries of what geography can do. This was a most impressive piece of work".