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Harriet Barratt

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Harriet Barratt recently completed a PhD at the University of Sussex (funded by the CHASE/AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership) on the role and representation of medical objects in literature, psychoanalysis and material culture. During 2016-17 she was resident in the Science Museum’s Medicine team, researching objects in their extensive collections. Harriet is interested in the lived experience of the material environments of healthcare, and how these bodily, sensory and psychological processes are individually and societally conceptualised.

Harriet has worked in academic publishing for Oxford University Press, communications for the European Commission, public sector bid-writing at the Sector Skills Council for the creative and cultural industries, and arts partnership development/Widening Participation for the University of Brighton’s College of Arts and Humanities. She is also a regular oral history volunteer (for example, for the 'NHS at 70' project led by the University of Manchester) and a member of the BSUH NHS Trust’s Onward Arts Group, helping to advise on the arts and culture programme across the Trust (see also

Harriet has a book chapter on Virginia Woolf and Donald Winnicott coming out in the edited volume ‘Matters of the Mind: Materialities of Mental Ill Health and Distress’ (eds. Anna Lavis and Karin Eli, to be published by Routledge in 2020), and is also part of a collaborative team working on an interdisciplinary monograph with the project ‘Senses and Modern Health/care Environments‘, led by the University of Bristol.

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Art in isolation: artistic responses to Covid-19

Marandet, E., Barratt, H. & Fotopoulou, A., 16 Jun 2020, In : The Polyphony: CONVERSATIONS ACROSS THE MEDICAL HUMANITIES.

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