My name is (usually) Emma Seaber and I’m a PhD student. I’m based in the English Department at King’s College London and my research project explores the special status of reading and writing practices in anorexia nervosa.

I started my PhD in October 2015. Before that I did a part-time MSc in Medical Humanities, also at King’s, while spending a few years working in the education sector. Although I have a broad range of interests, my academic background is principally in English: I also have an MA in English & American Studies, with a concentration on gender studies, and an undergraduate degree in English Lit. So I tend to gravitate towards literary projects rather than historical ones — and I’m very glad to be at King’s, where medical humanities is lovingly held in the bosom of the English department.

I am a recipient of a Wellcome Trust Doctoral Studentship in Medical Humanities, which is very generously supporting me for all three years of my research. My project initiates a literary examination of the relationship between anorexia nervosa, reading and writing practices and the illness experience, looking primarily at first person memoir and other forms of life-writing.

Other work

I have also written about and presented papers on medicine in prison — particularly women’s health and access to health care in prison. My MSc dissertation used the former ITV series Bad Girls to discuss women’s corporeal subjectivity in carceral spaces and the de facto imposition of corporal punishment on women offenders within an androcentric criminal justice system.

You can also find some other writing by me on Medium.com. You can follow me on Twitter @Emma_Hatred. I have an academia.edu page (although it’s quite bare) and a page on the King’s research portal, too. Oh, and I have a lovely dog, my beautiful mongrel, Hecuba: