Sarah Spence

I’m a PhD candidate in English Literature based at the University of Glasgow. My 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. I’m particularly interested in the moralisation and politicisation of health, as well as the counterdiscursive potential of fiction. I’m also the co-founder of a medical humanities group for early career researchers at the University of Glasgow and beyond (Twitter @MedEcr). I’m keen to publish artist, activist, patient/service user, carer and practitioner voices alongside academic perspectives. I’m particularly interested in provocations or more personal, exploratory pieces that reflect on our processes, challenges, failures, motivations and experiences across the medical humanities. I’m also interested in building community and creating dialogue and so welcome interviews, reviews and responses.