Dr Hannah Proctor and Dr Akshi Singh have been awarded funding from the British Academy for a writing retreat as part of a project called ‘Migration and Racialisation: The Psyche and the Social’. As writers and academics who work in the field of medical humanities, the retreat brings together artists, writers and psychotherapists to explore the themes of the project.
Hannah Proctor is a researcher at the at the Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare at the University of Strathclyde. She is broadly interested in intersections between left–wing politics and the psy–disciplines, Communist and anti–Communist theories of the mind, histories and theories of radical psychiatry, and emotional histories of the left.
Her monograph Psychologies in Revolution: Alexander Luria’s ‘Romantic Science’ and Soviet Social History was published as part of the Palgrave Macmillan series ‘Mental Health in Historical Perspective’ in 2020. Her second book Burnout: The Psychic Life of Political Defeat is forthcoming with Verso in February 2024. She’s written for both academic and non–academic publications on topics including rayon stockings, gender and the death drive, utopian pedagogy, Communist motherhood, wrinkles, the aesthetics of fMRI, revolutionary commemoration, British antipsychiatry, mourning, depression, perfume, feminist film and Ulrike Meinhof’s brain. She’s on the editorial collective of Radical Philosophy, is a contributing editor at Parapraxis Magazine and is web/reviews editor of History of the Human Sciences.