Chris Sandal-Wilson

Chris Sandal-Wilson

Dr, Dr

  • 4.18A Arts

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Personal profile

Academic Background

I am a historian of medicine and health in the modern Middle East and British empire, with a particular focus on the histories of psychiatry and Palestine. My first book, currently under contract with Cambridge University Press, is entitled Mandatory Madness: Colonial Psychiatry and Mental Illness in British Mandate Palestine, 1920-1948. It reconstructs how the British mandate conceptualised, encountered, and sought to manage mental illness in Palestine, and how in turn Muslims, Christians, and Jews living in Palestine negotiated both mental illness and colonialism simultaneously. I am in the early stages of a new research project exploring mobilities and mental illness across the British empire in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. I would be happy to hear from any potential doctoral students interested in any of these themes.

Together with colleagues at Kent and Birkbeck, I am one of the organisers of the upcoming CHASE-funded workshop for doctoral researchers on 'Ethics, reflexivity, and writing in the medical humanities', which will take place online at the end of June 2021. For more information, click here.

I completed my PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2018, where I also earned my BA and MPhil, all in the Faculty of History. My research has been funded by the Wolfson Foundation, the Centre for British Research in the Levant, the Joint Centre for History and Economics at Cambridge and Harvard, and the Palestine Exploration Fund. Before joining UEA in 2019, I was a lecturer at Birkbeck, University of London. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I am the School lead for decolonising the curriculum, and welcome any suggestions or ideas from students: please do reach out and email me.