Dr Luna Dolezal

Research interests

My research is primarily in the areas of applied phenomenology, philosophy of embodiment, philosophy of medicine and medical humanities (especially through philosophy and literature). I broadly work within continental philosophy, literary theory and feminist theory.

My recent monograph, The Body and Shame: Phenomenology, Feminism and the Socially Shaped Body (Lexington Books, 2015), considers philosophical conceptions of embodied subjectivity through the work of the phenomenological thinkers Husserl, Merleau-Ponty and Sartre, while engaging with feminist and medical scholarship on cosmetic surgery. This book explores how shame plays a key role in the social shaping of the body and the formation of subjectivity, using shame as a conceptual means to reconcile the phenomenological and scoial constructionist accounts of embodied subjectivity. In this work, I use feminist accounts of shame and the case study of cosmetic surgery to demonstrate how the human body can literally be shaped by shame.

My current book project, The Politics of Shame explores the social and political dimensions of shame.

My other publications can be accessed through my Academia.edu page: https://exeter.academia.edu/LunaDolezal


Research collaborations

I am the co-PI, with Dr Barry Lyons (Trinity College Dublin) on a Wellcome Trust-funded project called Shame and Medicine (http://www.shameandmedicineproject.com) which is an engagement between medical practitioners, social scientists, philosophers and medical humanities scholars seeking to investigate the role of shame in the context of health, medicine and medical practice.

I am a collaborator on Professor Stuart Murray's Wellcome Seed Funded Project "Augmenting the Body: Disability, Care and the Posthuman" which is based at the University of Leeds.

I am on the Steering Committee of the Nordic Network for Gender, Body and Health (https://genderbodyhealth.wordpress.com) and am collaborating on a 2-year project with the Network and funded by NOS-HS called "The Embodied Self, Health and Emerging Technologies: Implications for Gender and Identity."