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Durham University

Ustinov College

Keynote Address: "Working Knowledge: Notes on the production and performance of interdisciplinary research"


Our keynote speaker was Dr. Angela Woods, who crosses three different departments at Durham: English Studies, Philosophy and the School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health. She is a Senior Lecturer in Medical Humanities in the Centre for Medical Humanities and has extensive experience in interdisciplinary research.

Currently she is an interdisciplinary medical humanities researcher working at the intersection of cultural theory, philosophy and literary studies. She is the Co-Director of Hearing the Voice, a three-year interdisciplinary study of voice-hearing funded by a Wellcome Trust Strategic Award, and Deputy Director of the Centre for Medical Humanities.

Angela completed her PhD in Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Melbourne, where she also lectured in Postmodernism and was the lead curriculum designer of Australia's first interdisciplinary coursework degree for doctoral students. Her first book, The Sublime Object of Psychiatry: Schizophrenia in Clinical and Cultural Theory, was published in 2011, and her current research interests include the interplay between theoretical and subjective accounts of psychotic experience and new modes of 'doing interdisciplinarity', especially within the critical medical humanities. She is an Associate Editor of the BMJ Medical Humanities Journal and the founding editor of the Centre for Medical Humanities blog.


Click here to see a list of Angela’s most recent publications.