Introducing our Associate Editors

The Polyphony is edited by a team drawn from across a range of disciplines – a veritable polyphony of voices – representing the breadth and diversity of the medical humanities. They are all happy to be approached with suggestions for content.

The team is led by Editor in Chief Angela Woods. Click here to find out more about the team behind The Polyphony


Sophie Battell is a Lecturer in English at the University of Exeter, where she teaches modules in early modern literature.  Sophie was awarded her PhD from Cardiff University in 2018, and she is currently working on a monograph on hospitality in early modern literature and culture. Sophie is particularly interested in curating content related to medieval and early modern studies, literature of all periods, the history of science and the cultural history of the emotions.  This might take the form of critical pieces, reflective accounts, or insights into works-in-progress.  She would especially like to encourage submissions from PhD students, early career academics, and independent scholars.  Click here to contact Sophie


Katrina Longhurst is a PhD student based in the School of English at the University of Leeds. Situated across literary studies, disability studies, and the medical humanities, her thesis explores contemporary narratives of mental illness across various genres of life writing. Katrina is interested in publishing pieces that showcase the diversity and richness of work being undertaken across the medical humanities at all levels of scholarship. She is particularly committed to curating writing that provokes us to think more critically about the scope and methodologies of the field; with this in mind she’d like to encourage people working on the intersections of medical humanities with feminisms, queer theory, transgender studies, postcolonial studies, and disability studies.  Click here to contact Katrina


Fiona Johnstone is an art historian with a particular interest in the relationship between art and visual culture and the medical humanities. She was awarded her PhD from Birkbeck in 2015, and is currently completing two books for I.B. Tauris: a monograph, AIDS & Representation: Portraits and Self-Portraits during the AIDS Crisis in America, and an edited volume, Anti-Portraiture: Challenging the Limits of the Portrait. Fiona is particularly interested in discussing ideas for articles that relates to art and photography, visual and material culture, and curating: this might include reviews of exhibitions, events, or new publications; provocations or position pieces; or something more creative! Click here to contact Fiona


Ryan Ross completed his PhD at the Centre for the History of Emotions, Queen Mary, University of London in 2017. His research focuses on the history of trauma and of medicine, with a broad interest in the social sciences and in science and technology studies. He is particularly interested in research on that implicates the history or sociology of the brain and mind sciences. Ryan would strongly encourage proposals or ideas relating to The History of Science, Technology and Medicine; Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis or Psychology; The Neuroscientific Turn; The Study of Affect and/or Memory; The Material Turn and/or Actor Network Theory. Click here to contact Ryan


Sarah Spence is a PhD candidate in English Literature at the University of Glasgow. Her project examines representations of stigmatised health issues (‘mental illness’, ‘addiction’, ‘obesity’) in contemporary Scottish literature (1979-present), in the context of neoliberalism and the Glasgow Effect. Sophie is keen to publish artist, activist, patient/service user, carer and practitioner voices alongside academic perspectives. She is particularly interested in provocations or more personal, exploratory pieces that reflect on our processes, challenges, failures, motivations and experiences across the medical humanities. She is also interested in building community and creating dialogue and so welcome interviews, reviews and responses. Click here to contact Sarah

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