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Durham University

The Department of Philosophy


Dr Angela Woods

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

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* Angela is currently on maternity leave and returns in September 2020 *

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.

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Research Interests

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


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Selected Grants

  • 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)