Category Archives: Health Humanities

UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship awarded

The research undertaken with this UKRI FLF award evolves at the boundaries of literary analysis, medical sciences and empirical research, to explore two questions: how does scientific research influence how we think about ageing, and how does culture frame scientific research on ageing and diseases of old age. The project team will work with local and national charities to disseminate findings as much as to learn from older people and involve them in developing policy change.

Working Together. Changing Care.

Follow this link to read my reflections on the Dementia, Narrative and Culture Network workshop Working Together, held in Senate House London, 23rd November 2018; published on The Polyphony site, a space for Conversations across the Medical Humanities hosted by Durham University. The post also refers to an interview I conducted with my local project partner, Tony Britton, who launched the Pam Britton Trust for Dementia in Warwickshire (click here for the full interview, hosted on the Trust’s What’s New page).

Creativity in Later Life

Delighted to have been part of the interdisciplinary team that produced Creativity in Later Life: Beyond Late Style (Routledge, 2019), edited by David Amigoni and Gordon McMullan. My contribution explores Terry Pratchett’s documentary ‘Living with Alzheimer’s’, and resists the idea that dementia patients lose their creativity. Among other things, I see creativity expressed in the ways in which patients negotiate with science and scientific discourse related to dementia.

Changing care

Giving a paper at the workshop Working Together: Collaboration beyond the Academy in Research in Dementia and Culture, London, November 23, 2018.

Sharing Tony Britton’s (Pam Britton Trust for Dementia) and my work towards changing dementia care – on how a neuropharmacologist-cum-health-humanist and a caregiver-turned-activist work together to achieve improved caregiver and patient support.

The Poetics and Politics of Alzheimer’s Disease Life-Writing

How do people with Alzheimer’s disease articulate their illness experience? Read more in my post to the King’s College London English Department blog about my new book, The Poetics and Politics of Alzheimer’s Disease Life-Writing, at https://blogs.kcl.ac.uk/english/2017/10/04/the-poetics-and-politics-of-alzheimers-disease-life-writing/#more-1132.