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School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health

Staff Profiles

Dr Angela Woods

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Research Associate in the Department of English Studies
Associate in the Department of Philosophy
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, and Co-Director of Hearing the Voice, a three-year interdisciplinary study of voice-hearing funded by a Wellcome Trust Strategic 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. 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 psychotic experience; new modes of 'doing interdisciplinarity' (such as critical neuroscience); narrative identity; and the role of narrative in the medical humanities. I am the founder and editor of the Centre for Medical Humanities blog, to which I regularly contribute.

Research Groups

Recent Invited Conference Papers & Presentations

  • Woods, A. “Schizophrenia: The Future of Our Fascination,” invited seminar for the Centre for Values Ethics and Law in Medicine, University of Sydney, 3 July 2012.
  • Woods, A. “Why Schizophrenia is not Like Improvisational Jazz: On the Use of Clinical Concepts in Cultural Theory,” invited plenary at The Art Of Madness Clinical Study Days presented by the Affiliated Psychoanalytic Workgroups, The Philadelphia Lacan Study Group and the Fordham University Department of English, New York, April 2012.
  • Woods, A. “Structures of Depressive Experience in Lars von Trier’s Antichrist and Melancholia,” invited plenary at The Phenomenology of Depression: A Workshop, University of Osnabruck, March 2012.



Books: authored

Books: sections

Journal papers: academic

Selected Grants

  • 2014: The Edinburgh Companion to Critical Medical Humanities: An international Workshop (£4664.00 from The Wellcome Trust)
  • 2012: Hearing the Voice (£312064.00 from Wellcome Trust)
  • 2011: IAS Workshop on voice hearing (£4366.00 from Wellcome Trust)