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Dr Luna Dolezal

Lecturer in Medical Humanities

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01392 723860

I am a Lecturer in Medical Humanities and Philosophy and the Deputy Director of the Liberal Arts Programme.

My office is no. 4 in the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environmnets of Health, East Wing, Queen's Building. 

My office hours in Term 2 - 2018/2019 are 11.30pm-12.30pm on Mondays and 11.00am-12.00pm on Wednesdays.

Before joining Exeter, I was based between the Department of Philosophy at Durham University and the Trinity Long Room Hub at Trinity College Dublin on an Irish Research Council/Marie Curie fellowship. I received my PhD in Philosophy from University College Dublin. My other academic qualifications include: an MA in Continental Philosophy (University College Dublin) a Graduate Diploma in Literary Theory (Universidade de Lisboa) and a BSc in Physics and Philosophy (University of New South Wales).

My research is primarily in the areas of applied phenomenology, philosophy of embodiment, philosophy of medicine and medical humanities (esp. through literature and philosophy). 

I am a member of Exeter's WHO Collaborating Centre for Culture and Health (CCH) and the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health. 

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

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 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.

I am the co-PI, with Dr Barry Lyons (Trinity College Dublin) and Dr Matthew Gibson (Birmingham) 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. We are presently seeking further funding.

I am a co-I on Professor Stuart Murray's project "Imagining Technology for Disability Futures" which is based at the University of Leeds and has been funded by a Wellcome Trust Collaborative Award (commencing January 2020).

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."

My 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."

Research supervision

I am open to discussing research proposals for postgraduate study on a variety of subjects related to my research expertise.

Teaching

In the 2018/2019 academic year, I am lecturing Phenomenology (PHL2001/3001) and Existentialism (PHL2002/3002). I am also teaching on the MA modules Introduction to Philosophical Methods (PHLM010), Contemporary Ethics (PHLM006) and Critical Approaches to Medical Humanities (HISM017). I am convening the Liberal Arts module Being Human in the Modern World (LIB1105).