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Summary: Arts Engaged profile
Impact and InnovationFor much of the last 8 years my work has been in the area of cultural disability studies and medical humanities more widely. As such I have worked with the NHS in Leeds around questions of autism diagnosis, mental health and issues of communicating arts research methods to clinicians and other health practitioners. I have also undertaken a lot of public engagement work, being involved with the National Autistic Society and taking part in debates and discussions about disability at the Festival of Ideas and Leeds Salon. My impact work has extended to working with cultural organisations, and along with composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad and Opera North I am working on an autism opera entitled Two Weeks of Autistic Bedtimes. From 2009 to 2012 I was the Director of Research Impact in the School of English.
BackgroundI received my PhD in New Zealand in 1993 and taught in the English Department at Trinity College Dublin between 1993 and 2000, when I moved to Leeds. I work across a range of 20th and 21st century texts literature, film, media and debates, and have a global focus, because of my background in postcolonial, American and British/Irish studies. My work in medical humanities and disability studies dates from 2004 and I am currently the Director of the interdisciplinary Leeds Centre for Medical Humanities.
I have written or edited 7 books on either postcolonial or disability topics, ranging from postcolonial cultural nationalism, through New Zealand cinema, to studies of autism. My 2008 book Representing Autism: Culture, Narrative, Fascination was the first monograph on the subject, while my 2012 book Autism was the first title in Routledges new Integrating Science and Culture series. My current major research project is a study of the relationship between disability and the posthuman.
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