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Dr Natalie Riley

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Member of the Department of English Studies  


Natalie is currently completing a PhD on cultural understandings of the mind in twenty-first century literature, funded by a Wellcome Trust Medical Humanities Doctoral Studentship (2016-2019). She is a Teaching Assistant in the Department of English Studies, and the Coordinator of the Early Career Researcher Network at the Institute for Medical Humanities, Durham University.

She previously completed an MA (Hons) English (First-Class) and an MLitt in Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture (Distinction) at the University of St Andrews, where she was the recipient of the Urquhart Scholarship, the English Medal, and the Samuel Rutherford Prize.



EN1061: Introduction to the Novel

Conference Papers

  • ‘Versions of Pygmalion: Personification in Richard Powers’ Galatea 2.2,’ Personification Across Disciplines (Durham University, 17-19 September)
  • ‘Artifice Come to Life: From Mary Shelley to Richard Powers,’ Frankenstein@200: Stanford International Health Humanities Conference (Stanford University, 20-22 April)
  • ‘Matters of Concern: Futures Between Literature and Science,’ Unsettling Scientific Stories: Imagining the History of the Future (University of York, 27-29 March)
  • ‘Theoria and Cognition: A Critical Medical Humanities,’ Annual Congress of the Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research (Durham University, 14-15 September)
  • ‘Monsters at Home: Women and Madness in Siri Hustvedt’s The Blazing World,’ Madness, Mental Illness and Mind Doctors in 20th and 21st Century Culture (Edinburgh University, 3-4 May)
  • ‘Disarticulate: Writing the Mind-Body Split in the work of Siri Hustvedt,’ The Unspoken and the Unspeakable: 1750 – present (Cambridge University, 22 April)

Public Talks

  • ‘Medical Humanities from the Early Career Researcher’s Perspective’, Institute for Medical Humanities Launch (Durham Town Hall, 02 October 2018)
  • ‘What are Neuro-critics for?’, CMH Network Seminar Series (Durham University, 28th February 2017)
  • ‘A Critical Medical Humanities and Bruno Latour’ CMH Network Seminar Series (Durham University, (04 December 2016)


Events Organisation


  • ‘Roads to REF: An IMH Training Day’, (Institute for Medical Humanities, 12 October)
  • Co-ordinator, Institute for Medical Humanities Seminar Series


  • Coordinator, Centre for Medical Humanities Seminar Series
  • Co-organiser, Late Summer Lecture Series

Financial Awards

  • Wellcome Trust Doctoral Studentship (2016-19)
  • Arts and Humanities Postgraduate Research Fund (2018)
  • CAROD Conference Grant (2017)
  • Urquhart Scholarship (2014)
  • Samuel Rutherford Prize (2014)
  • Gray Prize (2014)
  • English Medal (2014)