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
Lecturer in Modern American History

Telephone: 0191 208 3636

Professor Helen Berry
Dean of Postgraduate Studies and 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; Degree Programme Director (DPD) for V100 and VL12


Dr David Creese
Lecturer in Classics; Head of Classics & Ancient History

Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 6473

Dr Andrea Dolfini
Senior Lecturer in Later Prehistory

Telephone: +44 (0)191 2083402

Dr Chris Fowler
Head of Archaeology & 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

Professor Susan-Mary Grant
Prof of American History

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8588

Dr Violetta Hionidou
Head of History, Senior Lecturer in Modern European History

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5741

Dr Cristiano Iaia
Visiting Fellow

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
Senior Lecturer in Mod European History

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6466

Dr Samiksha Sehrawat
Lecturer in the History of Medicine and South Asia

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8262

Dr Lisa-Marie Shillito
Lecturer in Landscape Archaeology

Telephone: 01912082226

Dr Sally Waite
Teaching Fellow in Classics

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5330

PhD students

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



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)

2.00: Chris Fowler, Newcastle University – Mortuary practice and the extended life course in Neolithic and Early Bronze Age Europe.
2.40: Jonathan Andrews, Newcastle University – Living and dying ‘gouty’: gout and the life course in the Georgian era.
3.20: Felix Schulz, Newcastle University - Between Ideology and Reality: The Good Death in GDR Eulogies and Thanatology.

4.00: coffee

4.30: Karina Croucher, Bradford University – The dual process of grieving in the distant past.
5.30: Julie Rugg, York University - Consolation, individuation and consumption: towards a theory of cyclicality in English funerary practice.

7:30: dinner at the Earl of Pitt Street, 70 Pitt St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 5ST.

If you would like to attend and join us for lunch/dinner, please contact Luc Racaut.

Life-cycles, bodies, health and disease research group, School of History, Classics & Archaeology, Newcastle University.