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Dr Julie Anderson


History (Rutherford N3.E7)

Julie Anderson is a historian of medicine who specialises in the history of disability.

Dr Anderson completed her undergraduate studies in Australia and came to Leicester where she finished her PhD in 2001. In that year, she was appointed to a Research Fellowship at the University of Manchester where she worked until 2009 when she was appointed Senior Lecturer in the History of Modern Medicine at the University of Kent.

Her research interests cover the history of medicine in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. She is particularly interested in the cultural and social history of physical disabilities and blindness, and is currently completing a monograph on a medical history of blindness 1900-1950. Dr Anderson also researches war and medicine and has just completed a monograph on rehabilitation in the Second World War. In addition, she has written on medical technologies, particularly those for people with disabilities. Dr Anderson has worked with a number of partners to promote awareness of the history of disability, including the Royal College of Physicians. She is Chair of the Disability History Group and also co-editor of a series on the history of disability with Manchester University Press.

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  • (with Lisa O’Sullivan), ‘Challenging Images: Historical Representation and Contemporary Sensitivity in Displaying the History of Disability through Medical Collections’ in Sandell et al (eds) Re-Presenting Disability: Museums and the Politics of Display (Routledge, 2009): 143-154.
  • ‘Voices in the Dark: Representations of Disability in Historical Research [review essay]’.Journal of Contemporary History 44 (1) (2009): 107-116
  • (with Ana Carden-Coyne), ‘Enabling the Past: Introduction’, co-edited with Ana Carden-Coyne, Special edition on the History of Disability, European Review of History 14 (4) (2007): 447-457.
  • (with Neil Pemberton) ‘Walking Alone: Aiding the war and civilian blind in the inter-war period’, European Review of History 14 (4) (2007): 459-479.
  •  ‘Innovation and Locality: Hip Replacement in Manchester and the Northwest’, Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester 87 (1) (2007): 155-166.
  • ‘Greenhouses and Body Suits: The Challenge to Knowledge in Early Hip Replacement Surgery’ In Julie Anderson and Carsten Timmermann (eds), Devices and Designs: Medical Technologies in Historical Perspective (Palgrave, 2006): 175-192.
  • ‘British Women, Disability and the Second World War 1939-1946’, Contemporary British History 20 (1) (2006): 39-55.
  • ‘”Turned into Taxpayers”: Paraplegia, Rehabilitation and Sport at Stoke Mandeville 1944-1956’, Journal of Contemporary History 38 (3) (2003): 461-476.
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