School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Life Cycles, Bodies, Health and Disease

Life Cycles, Bodies, Health and Disease


Our researchers work on the life cycle, including childhood, gender, disease, death and personhood.

The School facilitates research in this highly interdisciplinary field ranging from medicine in literary culture, ageing and the delivery of medical care. 


Find out which members of staff are involved in this research theme.

Dr Jonathan Andrews
Reader in the History of Psychiatry

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5756

Dr Bruce Baker
Reader in American History

Telephone: 0191 208 3636

Professor Helen Berry
Professor of British History

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5562

Professor Jeremy Boulton
Professor of Urban History

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6492

Dr Fergus Campbell
Reader in Social & Cultural History

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6694

Dr Nicola Clarke
Lecturer in the History of the Islamic World


Dr David Creese
Lecturer in Classics

Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 6473

Dr Andrea Dolfini
Senior Lecturer in Later Prehistory

Telephone: +44 (0)191 2083402

Dr Chris Fowler
Senior Lecturer in Later Prehistoric Archaeology

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5759

Dr James Gerrard
Senior Lecturer in Roman Archaeology

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5502

Dr Myra Giesen
Research Associate

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8691

Professor Susan-Mary Grant
Prof of American History

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8588

Dr Matthew Haysom
Lecturer Ancient History & Archaeology

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 2224

Professor Violetta Hionidou
Professor of Modern European History

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5741

Dr Cristiano Iaia
Visiting Fellow

Dr Vicky Long
Senior Lecturer (20th Century British)

Telephone: 0191 2084693

Dr Shane McCorristine
Lecturer in History

Telephone: 0191 208 5079

Dr Luc Racaut
Lecturer in History

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8614

Dr Thomas Rütten
Reader in the History of Medicine

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3547

Dr Felix Schulz
Head of History & Senior Lecturer in Modern European History

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6466

Dr Samiksha Sehrawat
Senior Lecturer in South Asian History

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8262

Dr Lisa-Marie Shillito
Senior Lecturer in Landscape Archaeology; Director of Archaeology Labs

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 2226

Dr Sally Waite
Senior Lecturer in Greek Art and Archaeology

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5330

Recently Graduated PhD students


Recently Graduated PhD Students 

Dr John Burke - 'Britain and the Cyprus Crisis of 1974: Conflict, Colonialism and the Politics of Remembrance' 

Dr Michail Raftakis - 'Mortality Change in Hermoupolis, Greece, 1859-1940'

PhD students

Emma Gooch - 'The Material Culture of Children in Ancient Greece: An Interdisciplinary Exploration of Identity 

Timea Solyomvari 

Stephen Freath - 'The Coroner's Court and Infanticide in North East England, c. 1850 - 1900'

Iain Flood - 'Violence and Victimhood: The Effects of Irregular Violence in Civil War Era Missouri' 

Yier Xu 



Understanding death and mortality in the context of mental illness and institutionalisation during the 18th-20th centuries, conference, organised by Dr Jonathan Andrews and Professor Ferrier



Unorthodox Burial Practices and Body Disposal: An interdisciplinary workshop.
Newcastle University, 11th December 2019, (Armstrong Building, 2.09)

14:00: Biscuits, mince pies and welcome (please bring your own hot beverage)

14:10 Emma Gooch (PGR)
The Life and ‘Afterlife’ of Children in Ancient Greece: The evidence of burial and iconography

14:30 Professor Jeremy Boulton
Reburials: Exhumation in Early Modern England

14:50 Timea Solyomvari (PGR)
Superstition and contagion: Execution of diseased corpses in 18th-19th century Transylvania

15:10 Professor Susan-Mary Grant
Death and the Maiden: Gender, Grief, and the Emotional Impact of Unorthodox Burial in America’s Civil War.

15:30 Stephen Freath (PGR)
Concealment of births in North East England. c. 1850-1900

16:10 Chris Fowler
Where Early Neolithic single burials in Southern Britain 'unorthodox'? 

16:30 Discussion and future activities of the Life Cycles, Bodies, Health and Diseases research group.


Death and the disrupted life course: An interdisciplinary workshop.
Newcastle University, 13th April 2018, (Armstrong Building, 2.49)

This workshop seeks to explore past narratives about expected and idealized life courses and examine the effect of disruptions to such expected life courses on the process of death, dying and the treatment and commemoration of the recently deceased.

10.00: coffee and welcome

10.40: Rob Dale, Newcastle University - Bones of Contention: Burying and Reburying the Dead during and after the Great Patriotic War.

11.20: Samiksha Sehrawat, Newcastle University - Death, Ethnicity and War propaganda for South Asian soldiers during the First World War.

12.30: Lunch (on campus at McKenna’s at Northern Stage, Mezzanine)

14.00: Chris Fowler, Newcastle University – Mortuary practice and the extended life course in Neolithic and Early Bronze Age Europe.

14.40: Jonathan Andrews, Newcastle University – Living and dying ‘gouty’: gout and the life course in the Georgian era.

15.20: Felix Schulz, Newcastle University - Between Ideology and Reality: The Good Death in GDR Eulogies and Thanatology.

16.00: Coffee 

16.30: Karina Croucher, Bradford University – The dual process of grieving in the distant past.

17.30: Julie Rugg, York University - Consolation, individuation and consumption: towards a theory of cyclicality in English funerary practice.

19:30: Dinner at the Earl of Pitt Street, 70 Pitt St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 5ST.

For further information, contact Luc Racaut (