Dr Angela Woods
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I am an interdisciplinary medical humanities researcher working at the intersection of cultural theory, philosophy and literary studies. I am Deputy Director of Durham's Institute for Medical Humanities and 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.
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 Editor in Chief of The Polyphony and an Associate Editor of the BMJ Medical Humanities Journal. From 2016-2017 I was academic lead for the world's first major exhibition on voice-hearing, Hearing Voices: Suffering, Inspiration and the Everyday.
Indicators of Esteem
- Associate Editor, BMJ Medical Humanities Journal 2014-:
- Chair, Wellcome Trust Medical Humanities Interview Committee, 2019-:
- 2016: Wellcome Trust Seed Committee Humanities and Social Sciences (2015-2016):
- 2017: Visiting Faculty, Rutgers Doctorate of Clinical Social Work 2013-2017:
- 2019: Welcome Trust Medical Humanities Early Career Expert Review Group (2015-2019):
- Critical Medical Humanities
- Voice-Hearing - Phenomenology
- Voice-Hearing - Hermeneutics
- Narrative approaches to mental health
- Interdisciplinary Research & Practice
- Woods, A. (2011). The Sublime Object of Psychiatry: Schizophrenia in Clinical and Cultural Theory. Oxford.: Oxford University Press.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- Viney, William, Callard, Felicity & Woods, Angela (2015). Critical Medical Humanities. Medical Humanities, 41 (1).
- Woods, Angela, Hart, Akiko & Spandler, Helen (2019). The Recovery Narrative: Politics and Possibilities of a Genre. Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry
- Woods, Angela (2017). On shame and voice-hearing. Medical Humanities 43(4): 251-256.
- 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.
- 2017: Collaboration in the Critical Medical Humanities (£15000.00 from The British Academy)
- 2017: Development of the Durham Centre for Medical Humanities (£262643.62 from Wellcome Trust)
- 2015: Hearing the Voice 2 (£1300958.88 from Wellcome Trust)
- 2014: The Edinburgh Companion to Critical Medical Humanities: An international Workshop (£4664.00 from Wellcome Trust)
- 2012: Hearing the Voice (£332610.00 from Wellcome Trust)
- 2011: IAS Workshop on Voice-Hearing - 24 & 25 November 2011 (£4366.00 from Wellcome Trust)