Outreach and public engagement
I am a trustee of the British Shakespeare Association, which seeks to establish connections across academia, the performing arts, and education, and I am involved in a variety of projects relating to public engagement with the history of medicine and medical humanities. To that end I have spoken at the Cheltenham and Hay Festivals on Shakespeare and on representations of madness in literature, have been featured on Melvyn Bragg’s ‘In Our Time’ talking about Robert Burton's The Anatomy of Melancholy and Shakespeare's The Tempest, have worked with theatre companies including Stan's Cafe and Elastic Theatre on productions exploring Renaissance psychology, and have discussed child mortality and parental grief with Michael Wood for his BBC documentary on the life of Shakespeare's mother. My research on Shakespeare and the 2012 Olympics, which involved working with theatres, museums, and their audiences and patrons, was the subject of a REF 2014 Impact Case Study for the School of English, Drama, and American and Canadian Studies.
I also act as a historical advisor for Wellcome Trust-funded arts groups dealing with the medical culture of Renaissance Europe and I have written on several occasions for the medical journal The Lancet, contributing pieces on the history of madness, the mind, grief, and literature’s engagement with medicine. I am happy to hear from media organizations and arts groups interested in pursuing projects related to my research interests.
I am co-editor for reviews for the journal Cultural History, and from 2010-2013 I was membership secretary for the British Shakespeare Association. At the Shakespeare Institute I am Tutor for Distance Learning, Staff Welfare Liaison, Staff Library Representative, and Staff Liaison for the Student-Staff Consultative Committee. I represent the College of Arts and Law on the University’s Collaborative Provision Committee.
I have also acted as a peer reviewer for several journals, publishing houses, and funding bodies, including Shakespeare, Medical History, Routledge, Bloomsbury, and the Wellcome Trust.