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Dr Sophie A. Jones


Wellcome ISSF Postdoctoral Fellow

BA (Manchester), MPhil (Cambridge), PhD (Birkbeck)

I joined the department in September 2017 for a three-year position as a Wellcome ISSF Postdoctoral Fellow. My research explores post-1945 American literature and film in relation to the politics of the body, with a particular focus on the interactions of cultural forms and medical discourses. I am currently working on two projects. The first is a monograph, The Reproductive Politics of American Literature and Film, 1959-1973 (under contract with Edinburgh University Press), which examines the way writers and filmmakers of the long 1960s engaged with the changing social horizons of pregnancy by reflecting on their own practices of cultural production. I am also developing a second research project on attention disorders, diagnosis and realism in contemporary American literature.

I completed my PhD and a six-month postdoctoral fellowship at Birkbeck in 2015, after which I moved to the University of Leeds to take up a fellowship in medical humanities. My research has been funded by the AHRC and the Wellcome Trust. I am a collaborator on the Leeds-based medical humanities research project Augmented Selves, which brings together a cross-institutional group of researchers from the fields of literary studies, robotics, engineering, philosophy, and healthcare. As a member of Birkbeck’s Medical Humanities Research Centre, I have an active interest in the developing field of the critical medical humanities and its intersections with the study of post-1945 literature and film.