Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society


Please do come and collaborate with the Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society

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Jeeva John

Visiting Scientist Fellowships 

A programme to work with scientists and health care professionals looking to explore societal and ethical aspects of health and medicine. 

Our first Visiting Fellow, Dr Jeeva John was at the Centre from August 2020 until January 2021.  She worked on an interdisciplinary research project which will explore black and minority ethnic maternal health. 

She has written about her experiences of the Fellowship here. 

Please let us know if you would like to be kept posted of future opportunities. We hope to appoint our second Scientist Fellow later in 2021.



Visiting Artistic Fellows

A programme for artists to collaborate with the Centre and to add a new dimension to their work regarding society and health.

We will announce our first Fellow in early 2021. 



Visiting Scholars

We welcome visiting scholars who are looking to make a positive contribution to the work of the Centre. We welcome your involvement in our seminar programme, in contributing to articles for publication and in our knowledge exchange and engagement work. If you are interested please complete the visitor form below and send to cbss@ed.ac.uk. Please note that we have amended this slightly to refelct our current working-from-home status. 

CBSS can also provide a space for interaction and engagement for shorter-term and more ad hoc visitors to Edinburgh. Please feel free to get in touch!


Current Visiting Scholars 


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Donna McCormack

Dr. Donna McCormack is a senior lecturer in English Literature at the University of Surrey. She is currently working on an AHRC Leadership Fellowship on Transplant Imaginaries. Her main research interests are biotechnologies in contemporary literature and film, evolutionary theory, postcolonial studies, and queer theory. Her first monograph is entitled Queer Postcolonial Narratives and the Ethics of Witnessing (Bloomsbury Press, 2014), and she has publications in the European Journal of Cultural Studies, Somatechnics and BMJ Medical Humanities, as well as in edited collections such as Bodily Exchanges, Bioethics and Border Crossing (London: Routledge, 2015). She is the coordinator of the Nordic Network for Gender, Body, Health, as well as a founding member of the Monster Network.



Dr. Angela Marques Filipe is a research associate at McGill University and a Wenner-Gren fellow. Prior to joining McGill, she was a research fellow at LSHTM and a doctoral fellow at LSE and KCL in the UK. Her interdisciplinary research sits at the junction of STS, medical anthropology, and critical public health and draws on global historical perspectives and empirically grounded fieldwork (e.g., clinical ethnography).

Angela Marques Filipe
Angela Marques Filipe

To date, this research has had a thematic focus on mental health, neurodevelopment, and the early years with an additional, cross-cutting interest in the (co-)production and translation of biomedical knowledge, healthcare values, and public participation in science. Angela’s publications span the social sciences and the health sciences and can be downloaded free of charge on Research Gate. She is also co-editor of the volume Global Perspectives on ADHD (2018, Johns Hopkins University Press) and her second, sole-authored project focuses on the interplay between the globalization and political economy of neuropsychiatric diagnosis and treatment, practices of attention and care, and clinical encounters in the context of paediatric ADHD.

Angela’s current research builds on this expertise to explore how contemporary biosocial models of body–environment interactions might be shifting our understanding of childhood adversity, developmental risk, and vulnerability and whether these might be integrated with a social ecological approach. As part of this novel program of work, she is a co-investigator on a CIHR project on the epigenetics of neuropsychiatric risk, a collaborator of the Wellcome Trust Biosocial Birth Cohort Research Network, and a member of the social science core group of the McGill-based “Healthy Brains, Healthy Lives” programme.