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Department of Geography

Staff Profile

Dr Felicity Callard, MA (Oxon), MA (Sus), PhD (Johns Hopkins)

Telephone: 020 7611 7275
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 41801
Room number: S109

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Please note that Dr Felicity Callard is the Director of Hubbub at Wellcome Collection, and is based entirely in London until end of December 2016.To contact her by phone, please call 0207 611 8290. 

Felicity Callard is Reader in Social Science for Medical Humanities; her departmental home is geography. She has a background in both the humanities and the social sciences: she took a first class degree in geography at the University of Oxford, before moving to the University of Sussex to take a masters degree in English (Critical Theory). Her doctorate from The Johns Hopkins University, in cultural / medical geography (directed by Professors David Harvey and Ruth Leys), entailed working at the intersection of the humanities, history of psychiatry, cultural studies and social theory. Specifically, she explored the genealogy of agoraphobia and phobias from their emergence as named conditions in the 1870s to the emergence of Panic Disorder in DSM-III, IIIR and IV. She is in the process of extending this research into a monograph -- by focusing in particular on the early clinical pharmacological research in the US (pursued by Max Fink and Donald Klein at The Hillside Hospital) and on behavioral therapeutic interventions for anxiety and phobias. 

She has broad research interests in the history and living present of psychiatry, psychoanalysis and cognitive neuroscience. She collaborates with Dr Constantina Papoulias on a historical and conceptual study of the nascent interdisciplinary domain of neuro-psychoanalysis. She and Constantina also have an ongoing project to understand the "affective turn" within the social sciences and the humanities, and its use and deployment of neuroscientific findings.

She has also worked independently as a researcher and consultant in mental health, and continues to participate in mental health policy at a European level. She has an honorary affiliation to the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London (where she is Visiting Researcher in the Patient and Carer Participation Theme of the Biomedical Research Centre for Mental Health).

Academic employment

Honorary Visiting Researcher, Biomedical Research Centre for Mental Health, South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, April 2012–

Post-doctoral Fellow, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, 2011–2012

Senior Research Fellow, Biomedical Research Centre for Mental Health, South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, 2007–2012

Lecturer in Human Geography, Queen Mary, University of London, 2003–2005

Lecturer in Human Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London, 2001–2003

Activities & Interests

"Hubbub" at The Hub at Wellcome Collection

Felicity is Director of the first residency ("Hubbub") at The Hub at Wellcome CollectionThe first residents of The Hub at Wellcome Collection, a flagship new space for interdisciplinary projects around health and wellbeing, will investigate the busyness of modern life. Bringing together a rich network of scientists, artists, humanists, clinicians, public health experts, broadcasters and public engagement professionals, the group will explore states of rest and noise, tumult and stillness, and the health implications for lives increasingly lived in a hubbub of activity. They have been awarded £1.06 million to develop the project over two years.

Mental Health & Human Rights

Felicity was the Chair of the Board of MDAC  (The Mental Disability Advocacy Center) from 2011–2015.

The Mental Disability Advocacy Center (MDAC) is an international human rights organisation which advances the rights of children and adults with intellectual disabilities and psycho-social disabilities. MDAC uses law to promote equality and social inclusion through strategic litigation, advocacy, research and monitoring and capacity-building. MDAC operates at the global level as well as regional and domestic levels in Europe and Africa.

Volkswagen Foundation: Second European Platform for Life Sciences, Mind Sciences and the Humanities

The Second European Platform comprises a multi-disciplinary group of researchers from across Europe who are clustered into research groups that are addressing - through interdisciplinary projects - problematics raised by recent developments in cognitive neuroscience. Felicity is a member of the research group "Experimental Entanglements in Cognitive Neuroscience", and works with Dr Des Fitzgerald to interrogate models of collaboration and interdisciplinarity in neuroscientific experimentation.

NIHR Biomedical Research Centre for Mental Health Committees

Chair, CRIS (Clinical Record Interactive Search) Oversight & Advisory Committee. This is the governance committee for CRIS, a research database composed of pseudonymised South London & Maudsley electronic medical records.



Public Engagement with Science / Patient & Public Involvement (PPI)

Felicity has been involved in a number of public engagement with science (PES) & Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) activities. Most recently, she was part of the Biomedical Research Centre for Mental Health team that collaborated with The Opera Group in its development of The Lion’s Face, a new opera that addresses Alzheimer’s disease (see: The Lion’s Face).

She has also worked within the Service User Research Enterprise at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London and has a long-standing interest in service user research in mental health.

Research Groups

Research Interests

  • Cultural theory
  • Emotion / Affect
  • Medical Humanities
  • Critical neuroscience
  • Historical, geographical, sociological studies of psychiatry and mental health

Indicators of Esteem

Selected Publications

Articles: newspaper

Journal papers: academic

Journal papers: popular

  • Callard, F., Lovestone, S. & Pritchard, M. Giving dementia a voice. Mental Health Today. 2010;34-35.
  • Callard, F. & Friedli, L. Community treatment. Mental Health Today. 2005;23-26.

Books: authored

Books: sections

Reports: official

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Selected Grants

  • 2015: Wandering Minds: Interdisciplinary Experiments on Self-Generated Thought (£123883.67 from VolkswagenStiftung)
  • 2014: The Hubbub Hub at Wellcome Collection (£491563.00 from Wellcome Trust)
  • 2014: The Hubbub Hub at Wellcome Collection (£59394.00 from Wellcome Trust)
  • 2014: The Hububb Hub at Wellcome Collection (£252652.00 from The Wellcome Trust)