My research focuses currently on the notion that the contemporary development of the biomedical sciences mark a profound historical rupture. I am attempting to interrogate this notion by extending my previous work on the history of genetics to encompass the contemporary biomedical reconfiguration of ageing and the passage of time.
I am interested in supervising students wishing to study either the history of the medical and human sciences or the history of the environmental sciences, agriculture and the environment. I am interested especially in those students wishing to combine such historical studies and critical examination of the analytical frameworks developed by Michel Foucault, Giorgio Agamben and Gilles Deleuze.
My current undergraduate teaching focuses on both the role of the life sciences and medicine in modern bio-political governmental mechanisms and the nature of historical explanation (HIST260; HIST274; HIST275). I also convene a Special Study Module on Medicine, Life and Death.
I am interested in developing a better understanding of modern, embodied existence and in working to this end at the intersection of history, philosophy and sociology. My preferred archives are contemporary medical and agricultural practices, and Michel Foucault, Giorgio Agamben and Gilles Deleuze, thinkers who sit uneasily at the same disciplinary intersection, are my principal interlocutors.
Works in Progress
Research output: Contribution to journal › Book/Film/Article review
Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings › Chapter (peer-reviewed)
Research output: Contribution to journal › Journal article