To kick off 2023, The Polyphony is pleased to welcome three new associate editors to our team: Alexander Henry, Jordan McCullough, and Eva Surawy Stepney. Alex will join the Reviews team and Jordan and Eva will join the General editors team. We look forward to working with all three new editors! You can find out more about each of the new editors below.
Alex has recently completed his PhD thesis in the School of English at the University of Leeds, where he also teaches English Literature. His research on crip theory, chronic illness and contemporary women’s writing brings work from the critical medical humanities into dialogue with literary disability studies, feminist epistemology and critical race theory, and demonstrates his broad interests in interdisciplinary and cross-cultural scholarship. In addition to these areas of interest, he would welcome contact from reviewers working on any topic across the medical humanities, particularly reviewers who engage with emerging scholarly voices and intersectional critical methodologies.
Follow Alex on Twitter: @thelifebed
Jordan is a PhD candidate in French Studies at Queen’s University Belfast. He works primarily on contemporary, francophone narratives of illness and bereavement, with a focus on the relational and caring dynamics of the text. His PhD project, funded by the AHRC, centres on the role of writing in facilitating a continuing bond between a bereaved parent and their deceased child and asks how this continuing bond might generate forms of care for the child, the parent and the reader. More broadly, Jordan is interested in the multilingual medical humanities and is involved in several projects in this area.
Follow Jordan on Twitter: @J_O_McCullough
Eva Surawy Stepney
Eva is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at the University of Sheffield. Funded by the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH), her thesis explores the history of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and its intersection with post-war British clinical psychology. She is interested in the way in which psychological ideas of ‘evidence’ produce the conceptual architecture of OCD and the implications this has for understanding of psychic distress more broadly. Beyond her thesis, Eva is keen to open up a conversation between the medical humanities and critical posthumanism and would welcome publications exploring this interaction.
Follow Eva on Twitter: @EvaSurawy