Alison Moulds (University of Oxford)
Agnes Arnold-Forster (University of Roehampton London)
Approaches to public engagement have become more nuanced in recent years. Instead of appealing to a generic ‘public’, those working in academia and engagement have sought to build relationships with specific audiences and co-produce outputs with defined groups. Drs Arnold-Forster and Moulds are early-career researchers with experience of engaging with healthcare practitioners.
Both worked for the Surgery & Emotion project – based at the University of Roehampton – where they brought together members of the public and a range of different healthcare professionals to talk about the emotional aspects of surgical and medical practice. They utilised a range of different formats, from Surgical Speed-Meets and museum Lates to CPD-certified conferences for surgeons and other healthcare workers.
In this interactive roundtable, they talk about their experiences of engagement - the opportunities and challenges they faced, the practicalities of delivering these types of activities and events, and how it impacted on their research, their own attitudes to health, and their career plans.
About the Speakers
Dr Alison Moulds is a cultural historian and literary studies scholar. She completed her PhD in English Literature at the University of Oxford as part of the AHRC-funded Constructing Scientific Communities project (ConSciCom). She then held postdoctoral research roles on ConSciCom and Diseases of Modern Life (ERC-funded), both based at Oxford. She also worked as Engagement Fellow on the Surgery & Emotion project, funded by the Wellcome Trust, based at the University of Roehampton and as Engagement and Impact Manager on the Living with Feeling project at Queen Mary, University of London. Her first book, Medical Identities and Print Culture, 1830s-1910s, is under contract with Palgrave. She now works in health policy.
Dr Agnes Arnold-Forster is a historian of healthcare, emotions, and work. She completed her AHRC-funded PhD in history at King’s College London before working across two Wellcome Trust-funded projects - Surgery & Emotion at the University of Roehampton and Living with Feeling at Queen Mary, University of London. She is just about to start a new role at the University of Bristol’s Elizabeth Blackwell Institute of Health Research where she will be undertaking a project called ‘Working and Feeling in the Modern British Hospital’. Her first book, The Cancer Problem, is forthcoming with Oxford University Press and her second, Cold, Hard Steel: The Surgical Stereotype Past and Present, is under contract with Manchester University Press.
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