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School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health

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Dr Angela Woods

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

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I am an interdisciplinary medical humanities researcher working at the intersection of cultural theory, philosophy and literary studies. I am the 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, and was academic lead for our recent exhibition Hearing Voices: Suffering, Inspiration and the Everyday

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. 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 an Associate Editor of the BMJ Medical Humanities Journal, Deputy Director of Durham's Centre for Medical Humanities, and founding editor of the Centre for Medical Humanities blog.

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Research Groups

Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

  • Applied Health Research Special Interest Group

Research Interests

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

Selected Grants

  • 2015: Hearing the Voice 2 (£1391753.60 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)