Catherine Oakley

Network Founder and Primary Co-Ordinator

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Catherine Oakley is a PhD candidate at the University of York, UK. Her interdisciplinary PhD, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), draws on the History of Science and Technology, History of Medicine, Literary Studies and Early Cinema Studies, to explore constructed categories of impairment in relation to medical, social and cultural discourses about human energies in the period 1880-1925. She has previously worked as a teaching assistant in SEN.

Harriet Ryder

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Harriet is a part-time MA student studying Culture and Thought After 1945 at the University of York, currently in her second year. Her interests include the medical humanities, animal studies and eco-criticism. Her current research focuses on resource anxiety in post 1960s American frontier fiction. She is also the network administrator for the Northern Network for Medical Humanities.

Duncan Robertson

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Duncan graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Language and Literature in 2009, returning that year to complete the MA in Postcolonial Literary and Cultural Studies. He is currently a PhD student in the Department of English and Related Literature at the University of York. His Wolfson Foundation-funded research examines representations of health and medicine in Pacific Islands writing, from James Cook to Robert Louis Stevenson (1768-1900), through a contemporary and cross-disciplinary medical humanities framework. In the past he has worked for healthcare organisations in learning and development.

Dr. Mike Mantin

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Dr. Mike Mantin is a Research Fellow at Swansea University. He is working on Disability and Industrial Society: A Comparative Cultural History of British Coalfields, 1780-1948, a Wellcome-funded project looking at disability in three British coalfields. He submitted his PhD thesis, “Educational Experiences of Deaf Children in Wales: The Cambrian Institution for the Deaf and Dumb, 1847-1914”, in 2012.