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

Professor in the Department of Geography
Telephone: 020 7611 7275
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 41801
Room number: S109
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 48167
Room number: C122, Caedmon Building, Leazes Road, Durham, Dh1 1SZ
Telephone: 43509 / 47063
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 47063

Contact Professor Felicity Callard (email at felicity.callard@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

Please note that Felicity Callard is currently on research leave.

Felicity Callard is Professor 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) and a doctorate split across geography and the humanities at Johns Hopkins University. Her research sits at intersection of the social sciences and the humanities -- and specifically addresses twentieth- and twenty-first century psychiatry, psychology, psychoanalysis and cognitive neuroscience. 

From October 2014 to December 2016, Felicity was Director of Hubbub -- the first interdisciplinary residency of the Hub at Wellcome Collection -- where she led a team of approximately 40 people on a project on rest and its opposites in mental health, cognitive neuroscience, the arts and the everyday. To find out more about Hubbub, click here.

She is Editor-in-Chief of History of the Human Sciences.

Felicity is currently working on two book projects. The first addresses the history of experimental investigations of daydreaming, fantasty and mind wandering across the human sciences. The second considers the twentieth-century historical geography of clinical research on anxiety. Her research includes analyses of 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. 

Felicity also has strong interests in practices, epistemologies and histories of interdisciplinarity (as manifested in her co-authored, Open Access book, Rethinking Interdisciplinarity across the Social Sciences and Neurosciences). She has been collaborating herself across the social sciences, humanities and life sciences for a number of years. 

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 Chair of the Oversight Committee for the Clinical Record Interactive Search [which we believe to be Europe's largest de-identified database of mental health records]].

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 was Director of the first residency ("Hubbub") at The Hub at Wellcome Collection from October 2014 to December 2016. The Hub at Wellcome Collection is a flagship new space for interdisciplinary projects around health and wellbeing and Hubbub investigated 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 explored states of rest and noise, tumult and stillness, and the health implications for lives increasingly lived in a hubbub of activity. They were awarded approximately £1 million to develop the project over two years. A 3-part documentary series on BBC Radio 4, "The Anatomy of Rest" (presented by Hubbub Associate Director Claudia Hammond), profiled research conducted by Hubbub.

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 one of the Principal Investigators of "Wandering Minds: Interdisciplinary Experiments on Spontaneous Thought". 

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.

Skills

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. 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

Department of Geography

Research Interests

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

Indicators of Esteem

Selected Publications

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Chapter in book

  • Callard, Felicity (2016). Afterword: Mind, imagination, affect. In The Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities. Whitehead, Anne, Woods, Angela, Atkinson, Sarah, Macnaughton, Jane & Richards, Jennifer Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. 481-488.
  • Alderson-Day, Ben & Callard, Felicity (2016). Altered States: Resting State and Default Mode as Psychopathology. In The Restless Compendium: Interdisciplinary Investigations of Rest and Its Opposites. Callard, Felicity, Staines, Kimberley & Wilkes, James Palgrave. 11–17.
  • Callard, Felicity (2016). Daydream Archive. In The Restless Compendium: Interdisciplinary Investigations of Rest and Its Opposites. Callard, Felicity, Staines, Kimberley & Wilkes, James Palgrave. 35–41.
  • Fitzgerald, Des & Callard, Felicity (2016). Entangling the medical humanities. In The Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities. Whitehead, Anne, Woods, Angela, Atkinson, Sarah, Macnaughton, Jane & Richards, Jennifer Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. 35-49.
  • Callard, F. (2014). Consulting Rooms: Notes towards a historical geography of the psychoanalytic setting. In Psychoanalytic Geographies. Kingsbury, P. & Pile, S. Ashgate.
  • Papoulias, C. & Callard, F. (2012). The rehabilitation of the drive in neuropsychoanalysis: from sexuality to self-preservation. In Freuds Referenzen. Kirchhoff, C. & Scharbert, G. Berlin: Kulturverlag Kadmos. 189-215.
  • Callard, F. (2011). Doreen Massey. In Key Thinkers on Space and Place. Hubbard, P. & Kitchin, R. Sage. 299-306.
  • Callard, F. (2011). Iris Marion Young. In Key Thinkers on Space and Place. Hubbard, P. & Kitchin, R. Sage. 483-490.
  • Callard, F. & Papoulias, C. (2010). Affect and embodiment. In Memory: Histories, theories, debates. Radstone, S. & Schwarz, B. Fordham University Press. 246-262.
  • Callard, F. (2010). Between legislation and bioethics: The European Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine. In Ethics in Psychiatry. Helmchen, H. & Sartorius, N. Springer. 45: 73.
  • Callard, F. & Margulies, D.S. (2010). The industrious subject: cognitive neuroscience's revaluation of 'rest'. In Cognitive Architecture: from bio-politics to noo-politics -- architecture and mind in the age of communication and information. Hauptmann, D. & Neidich, W. 010 Publishers. 324-345.
  • Callard, F. (2006). Understanding agoraphobia: women, men, and the historical geography of urban anxiety. In Exploring Women's Studies: Looking forward, looking back. Berkin, C., Pinch, J. & Appel, C. Prentice Hall. 201-217.
  • Callard, F. & Kerbel, J. (2002). Indoor garden for agoraphobe. In Landing: Eight Collaborative Projects between Artists and Geographers. Driver, F., Nash, C., Prendergast, K. & Swenson, I. Department of Geography, Royal Holloway.

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Selected Grants

  • 2016: The Hubbub Hub at the Wellcome Collection - Enhancement Funding (£76515.00 from Wellcome Trust)
  • 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)
  • 2012: Hearing the Voice (£0.00 from Wellcome Trust)