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Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellowship 2012. 03 Oct 2015
The Wellcome Trust is widely recognised in the UK and internationally as the leading funder of innovative public engagement, inviting the public to explore big scientific challenges. Likewise, I have a reputation and passion for delivering innovative, high-quality public engagement across the interface of science, medicine and the humanities. Public engagement has an important role in achieving extraordinary improvements in human health and, as a pioneer who works with the public, including with some of the most deprived, yet creative communities in the UK, I can offer a considerable contribution to the Wellcome Trust Vision. Through my public engagement endeavours, I work responsively to cultural contexts and strive to forge trust in order to breakdown the barriers between researchers and the public. By way of example, my public engagement endeavours have connected non-English speaking communities at risk of disease and infection to work alongside researchers investigating associated biomedical diseases. These public engagement activities have transformed community members into advocates and translators of important health information. My experience and commitment to creativity, intellectual curiosity, professional development and organisational learning ensure I thrive as a Wellcome Trust Fellow. As a filmmaker and archive fanatic I was inspired by the Wellcome Library collection, with a game, Lost Cats Legacy, that caught the attention of Sheffield International Documentary Festival. I am excited by the public engagement possibilities of the digitised material from the Wellcome Library’s collection and the prospect of support from Wellcome staff to unlock its creative potential. A Wellcome Fellowship would present considerable strategic added value by helping me to consolidate lessons from ‘networked’ and citizen-led approach to public engagement that I am pursuing. Specifically I will offer an offering ongoing legacy to support the Trust’s Vision through audiences reached, quality of partnerships and heightened profile of biomedical science.
Illness as punishment, and community wellness, in nonconformist communities: a cognitive enactivist analysis. 30 Apr 2016
The goal of my proposal is to create an enactive model of illness as a punishment for transgression in early modern societies. I will examine the role that health plays in communities in which certain people do not conform to the behavioural norms of that community. I will focus the autobiography of Thomas Ellwood, who, as a Quaker, refused to genuflect or remove his hat when required by behavioural norms. As a result, he was punished with violence and the theft of his hat, resulting in an illness which he reflects on in spiritual terms as both a result of his nonconformism within society and a challenge from God. This project will deploy an enactive cognitive approach to explain Ellwood's reflections. Related to the notion of biological centrism, an enactive approach examines an organism's relation to its environment or community. I would present the research findings in an article, to be completed in late 2016, and as a conference paper at the international Cognitive Futures in the Humanities conference at Helsinki in June 2016 (I have already been invited to be part of a panel at this event, and our panel proposal has been accepted).
ASYLUMS, PATHOLOGIES AND THE THEMES OF MADNESS: PATRICK MCGRATH AND HIS GOTHIC CONTEMPORARIES 31 Dec 2015
Wellcome funding would expand the scope of ‘Asylums, Pathologies and the Themes of Madness’: a one-day symposium to be held at University of Stirling’s Library on January 16th. The symposium is the first step in publicising a Contemporary Gothic archive at Stirling: a resource made possible by recently donated material from both Iain Banks’ estate and Patrick McGrath. We invite academics working on McGrath – and on psychopathology in the Gothic more widely – to view his recently donated materials and to reflect upon the Gothic’s staging of the asylum in light of his fiction. As the son of its last medical superintendent, Patrick McGrath spent his formative years at Broadmoor Lunatic Asylum. The funding would be essential to: Work on cataloguing Broadmoor materials to be put on display at the McGrath symposium. A designated PhD student familiar with the archive – who is studying already local asylum materials from Stirling – would work for 29 hours over 3 weeks (0.27 FTE, £18,031; total cost including holiday pay of £395) to catalogue these materials. Provide travel bursaries to two PhD students working specifically on asylums and the Gothic to attend the conference (£200 total, each travel bursary £100).
The requested small grant would allow me to visit Cambridge University for one week, covering accommodation and sustenance only. There are three goals for this visit: to collaborate with a Cambridge researcher and finalize a paper that considers overpopulation in 1970s cinema; to develop a second, postdoctoral project proposal with a Cambridge professor and make greater collaborative inroads into the History of Science department as well as the Center for Film and Screen; and to further investigate the archival holdings of the Whipple Museum for the History of Science and the Cambridge Medical Library. This work would contribute to two outcomes in the medical humanities: the publication of a peer-reviewed paper on population and cinema; and a postdoctoral project on cinema as medicine. Greater details are to be found below.
Visualising Illness and Pain. 31 Mar 2016
Drawing on the varied perspectives of artists, historians, art therapists, curators, clinicians and social scientists, the proposed workshop will explore a series of questions relating to the visual representation of illness. Focusing specifically on contemporary works made in response to first-person encounters with illness, the workshop will consider what issues are at stake in reading these artefacts as subjective expressions of pain and suffering. The event will comprise two parts. The fi rst, taking place on a Friday afternoon and evening, will be open to the public, and will include a keynote address by Joanna Bourke and a panel discussion between artist Deborah Padfield, clinician Joanna Zakrzewska and social psychologist Alan Radley. The second, taking place the following day, will take the form of a series of panel discussions involving practitioners from different disciplines, with the aim of addressing a number of clearly defined research questions. We hope that the w orkshop will ultimately function not just as a one-off event, but also as a scoping exercise for a larger collaborative project. One of its likely outcomes will be the planning of an exhibition (with accompanying catalogue) that will be displayed both online and in the Peltz Gallery, Birkbeck.
Experimental Stories: Val McDermid 30 Sep 2015
An fatal antibiotic-resistant infection sweeps through an intensive pig-rearing unit. Within days, it’s jumped the species barrier into the wild bird population and soon it’s jumped again into cattle. A highly infectious pathogen, it swiftly spreads through the animal food chain and into domestic pets. Food shortages loom; but even more frightening is the prospect of a species jump into humans.
Experimental Stories: Katy Walker 30 Sep 2015
An AMR scientist with a seemingly unfindable research project is surprised to be recruited to an elite team working to combat the latest suberbug threat. When her home town is quarantined she discovers the government is contemplating unthinkable measures unless she can come up with an alternative. The world has become used to relative health, but most research scientists know how delicate the balance is. This five part thriller shows us what’s waiting around the corner and how we’re going to cope with it.
I am requesting a small grant to conduct archival research relating to a project on the cultural history of cocaine and the public image of medical practitioners in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This project will examine how cocaine functioned symbolically as a representation of both the most admirable, and the most alarming personal attributes of the modern medical professional. I will examine rare materials held at Edinburgh University Library, the British Library, and the Wellcome Library in London. My research centres on two significant historical personages and their connection to the opposing facets of cocaine discourse: Sir Robert Christison, whose pathological researches were one inspiration for the character of Sherlock Holmes; and Dr Thomas Neill Cream, serial poisoner, and potential Jack the Ripper suspect. In examining heretofore unpublished papers including Christison's own observations on the stimulant effects of coca, I elucidate important links b etween these two men, their experiences with cocaine, and the transforming image of the Victorian medical man. I will also conduct research into the surgical applications of cocaine and the manner in which these impacted the popular conception of the new, technologically-innovative chemical compound.
Monastic Sciences: Medicina, Mechanica, Philosophia is a conference that re-considers the contribution of medieval monks to medicine, science and technology. It explores new approaches to the theoretical development and practical application of biomedical and technical knowledge within and beyond religious communities. Of particular interest is the contribution made by medieval monks to the wider diffusion of medical and scientific knowledge. How and in what circumstances was biomedical and tech nical knowledge applied beyond the boundaries of the religious precinct? How exclusive was such knowledge was thought to be? How did it compare to lay scientific understanding of the period? This event will be held over two days at the University of Leeds, with contributions welcomed from postgraduates and early-career researchers of all disciplines. The two keynote speakers are Peregrine Horden (Royal Holloway) and Sophie Page (UCL), both of whom have a strong track record in the study of medi cine and natural philosophy in and beyond the cloister. The conference is the third in a successful series on monasticism organized by postgraduate students in the Institute for Medieval Studies at Leeds. This is the first time that medicine and natural philosophy have featured as the theme of the conference.
The proposed activity to be carried out during the tenure of a Small Research Grant consists of data collection in the newly opened Medact Archive at the Wellcome Library in London. For this purpose, I will travel to the Wellcome Library in London where I will spend five full days in the Medact Archive to look at materials relating especially to one of Medact's two predecessor organizations (the Medical Campaign againt Nuclear Weapons). This research will play a pivotal role in the completion of my current project on transnational medical activism against nuclear weapons in Britain in the Cold War.
Medical botany in the 19th and early 20th Century: Berthold Carl Seemann (1825-1871)and Melville William Hilton-Simpson (1881-1938). 29 Aug 2014
Visit of Archives in GB, in particular Kew Archives, London, Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain, London, Pitt-Rivers-Museum, Oxford. Investigations into the inheritance of Seemann and Hilton-Simpson, screening of letters and documents regarding reports on medicinal virtues and ethnopharmacological uses of plants collected, primarily by botanical interest.
This grant application requests funding to support a one-week archival visit to Oxford. I wish to make a detailed study of a single fifteenth-century manuscript, Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Rawlinson c. 299. This manuscript contains a collection of medieval medical recipes written in English. The hand-written collection comprises about 150 recipes in total, including some charms and a uroscopy. A unique point of interest is that the manuscript had a known owner and location in the sixteenth-cen tury. My investigation will consider this later owner's use of this medieval medical material by charting the exact nature of his annotations and interractions in the manuscript.
The work undertaken during the course of this Small Grant will contribute towards my project, Cultures of Care in Early Modern Scotland: the first assessment of the Reformations impact on the practice and understanding of parochialism care giving. The project is much more than another exploration of statutory, regulated, poor relief. Rather, it looks for the less formal, familial and neighbourly, networks of care that proliferated early modern society. My aims are, on the one hand, to assess how voluntary care networks were constituted and how they interacted with secular and ecclesiastical authority and, on the other, to understand how disability and medical requirements were categorised by communities. The Small Grant will allow the Investigator to assess the surviving archival material of four charitable bodies in seventeenth-century Scotland: The Mariners Society of Ayr; the Orphan Hospital Manufactory and Pauls work, Edinburgh; Trinity College Hospital, Edinburgh and Trinity H ouse, Leith. This work will take six days and involve travel to Edinburgh to visit the National Archives of Scotland and Edinburgh City Archives.
Prosopography and Healthcare. 22 Apr 2013
A one day workshop hosted by Kingston University on the use of prosopography in the history of healthcare. Use of prosopography by healthcare historians is growing and the organisers (who have all used prosopography in their own research) decided to stage an event where this powerful research methodology can be discussed. The workshop will provide a platform for both experienced and early-career researchers. It will be split into three sections: for established projects, early career/PhD projec ts and a roundtable which will include contributions from archivists interested in opening up their healthcare archives to this approach. The programme is finalised and includes papers with an international scope: early modern medical community in England and Wales (a Wellcome funded research project), early psychiatry in Soviet Russia, healthcare in the slaveholding American South, Danish nursing Deaconesses, and a study of Fellows of the International Health Division of Rockefeller Foundation in Brazil. They include studies of medicine, nursing and veterinary science. While the subjects are diverse, they share a methodology and participants have been asked to focus on their use of prosopography, rather than the outcomes of their research. It is hoped to publish the papers in a special issue of a journal.
This grant is requested to cover travel, subsistence, and photocopying costs for two research trips to the Wellcome Library. I will spend two weeks in February and one week in March 2013 conducting research into (i) nineteenth-century quarantine legislation and procedures in Britain (ii) nineteenth-century typhus epidemics, their association with military campaigns and the Irish famine, and William Jenner's differentiation of typhus and typhoid in 1850. There will be two research outputs: (i) an essay on quarantine and typhus in Elizabeth Gaskell's 1853 novel 'Ruth' to be published in the forthcoming edited collection 'Place, Progress, and Personhood in the Works of Elizabeth Gaskell', edited by Emily Morris, Sarina Gruver Moore, and Lesa Scholl; (ii) a conference presentation on quarantine, mobility and typhus epidemics in Gaskell's writing at the joint conference of the North American Victorian Studies Association, the British Association of Victorian Studies, and the Australasian Vi ctorian Studies Association in June 2013. I am also proposing a paper based on this research for the Association for Medical Humanities conference in July 2013, for which the conference theme is Global Medical Humanities.
Annual meeting of Special Interest Group of the British Pain Society for Philosophy and Ethics: Changing the Culture of Pain Medicine. 22 Apr 2013