Welcoming Dr Felicity Callard to the Centre for Medical Humanities

The Centre for Medical Humanities is delighted to welcome Dr Felicity Callard, who joins our core research team as a Senior Lecturer in Social Science for Medical Humanities in the Department of Geography.

Felicity is a social scientist with an interdisciplinary background. She has degrees in geography and critical theory, and a PhD in cultural / medical geography from The Johns Hopkins University. Felicity’s doctoral work entailed working at the intersection of the humanities, history of psychiatry, cultural studies and social theory. Specifically, she explored the genealogy of agoraphobia from its emergence as a named condition in the 1870s to its gradual supersession by Panic Disorder in DSM-III, IIIR and IV. She is in the process of transforming this research into a monograph.

Felicity has broad research interests in the history and living present of psychiatry,  psychoanalysis and cognitive neuroscience. One new strand of her research comprises an interrogation of new models of self, pathology, and the experimental subject within the neurosciences and biological psychiatry. She is currently collaborating with Dr Daniel Margulies (Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive & Brain Sciences, Leipzig) on a critical exploration of the emergent field of resting state functional neuroimaging research, with Dr Suparna Choudhury (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science) within her research programme “The Neurological Adolescent”, and with Dr Constantina Papoulias on a historical and conceptual study of the nascent interdisciplinary domain of neuro-psychoanalysis. She and Constantina also have an ongoing project to understand the “affective turn” within the social sciences and the humanities, and its use and deployment of neuroscientific findings.

Felicity has also worked independently as a researcher and consultant in mental health, and continues to participate in mental health policy debates at a European level in her capacity as Chair of the Mental Disability Advocacy Center. She retains an honorary affiliation to the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London.

We warmly welcome Felicity to the CMH and to Durham University. To contact Felicity, or to find out more about her research interests and publications, please visit her staff page. Felicity will be presenting her paper “Where did the city go? Donald Klein, panic disorder, and the rethinking of agoraphobia,” at Queen Mary next Wednesday 21 March as part of Urban Emotions: A Symposium on Stress and the City.

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