Postdoctoral Fellows & Visiting Scholars

Postdoctoral Fellows

Arseli Dokumaci

PhD 2012, Department of Theater, Film and TV Studies, University of Wales, Aberystwyth 


“Misfires that Matter: Invisible Disabilities and Performances of the Everyday”

Research Interests:

History of the concept of disability; measurements of subjective experiences of disease; methods in disability studies; disability and new media; video-based research; everyday life and its micro practices; affordances theory.  

Selected Publications:

forthcoming. “Blind Affordances: Disability as a Critical Method of Investigating Mediated Practices,” in B. Ochsner and R. Stock (Eds) Hearing and Seeing as Media Practices.

In-press. “Blindness, Affordances and Participation in Everyday Life,” in M. Denecke et al. (Eds) Reclaiming Participation: Technology - Mediation - Collectivity, Transcript Verlag, pp. 67-81.

2014. “Disability and Affordances of the Everyday,” WI: Journal of Mobile Media 8(1).  

2014. “Misfires that Matter: Habitus of the Disabled Body,” in M. Blažević and L. Feldman (Eds) Misperformance: Essays in Shifting Perspectives, Ljubljana: Maska Publishing, 91-108.

2013. “On Falling Ill,” Performance Research: A Journal of the Performing Arts, 18(4): 107-15.

Media-creation projects available at:

Nicholas Whitfield

PhD 2011 Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge


'A Genealogy of the Gift: Blood Donation in London, 1921-1946'

Research Interests:

History of western medicine; history of blood transfusion and donation in the twentieth century; medical innovations of the Spanish Civil War; history and sociology of altruism.

Etienne Vignola-Gagné

Dr. Phil. 2014, Institute of Political Science, University of Vienna


Gaps, Pitfalls and the Valley of Death: Translational research and the reform of biomedical innovation

Research Interests:

Cancer clinical trials; experimental systems; organizational change as experimental practice; mechanistic explanations in clinical settings; genomic sequencing and bioinformatic modeling; biomedical innovation systems and policy; policy narratives and argumentative practices.


Weisz G and Vignola-Gagné E. 2015. The World Health Organization and the Globalization of Chronic Noncommunicable Disease. Population and Development Review. 41(3): 507-532.

Vignola-Gagné E. 2014. Argumentative practices in science, technology and innovation policy: the case of clinician-scientists and translational research. Science and Public Policy. 41(1): 94-106.

Vignola-Gagné E, Lehner D and Biegelbauer P. 2014. Translational research: entrepreneurship, advocacy and programmatic work in the governance of biomedical innovation. Pages 132-158 in The Governance of Socio-Technical Systems. Explaining Change. Edited by Borrás S and Edler J. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar.

Vignola-Gagné E, Rantanen E, Lehner D and Hüsing B. 2013. Translational research policies: disruptions and continuities in biomedical innovation systems in Austria, Finland and Germany. Journal of Community Genetics. 4(2): 189-201.

Vignola-Gagné E and Biegelbauer P. 2013. Translational Research. Pages 1834-1843 in Springer Encyclopedia of Creativity, Invention, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship. Edited by Carayannis EG. Heidelberg : Springer.

Larivière V, Vignola-Gagné E, Villeneuve C, Gélinas P and Gingras Y. 2011. Sex differences in research funding, productivity and impact: an analysis of Québec university professors. Scientometrics. 87: 483-498.

Gaisser S, Vignola-Gagné E, Hüsing B, Enzing C and Van der Valk T. 2009. EU policies in personalized-medicine-related technologies. Journal of Personalized Medicine. 6(1): 93-102.

Archambault É, Côté G, Gingras Y, Larivière V and Vignola-Gagné E. 2006. Benchmarking Scientific Ouput in the Social Sciences and Humanities: The Limits of Existing Databases.  Scientometrics. 68(3): 329-342.

Archambault É, Gingras Y,  Larivière V and Vignola-Gagné E. 2006. The Place of Serials in Referencing Practices: Comparing Natural Sciences and Engineering With Social Sciences and Humanities. Journal of the American society for information science and technology. 57(8): 997-1004.

Darren N. Wagner

PhD 2014, Department of History, University of York (UK)


Sex, Spirits, and Sensibility: Human Generation in British Medicine, Anatomy, and Literature, 1660-1780

Research Interests:

History of Reproduction; History of Sexuality; Eighteenth-Century Studies; Cultural History of Medicine; Social History of Technologies; Gender Studies; Literature and Science; Museum Studies; History of Anatomy


Wagner, D. and R. Stephanson, eds. Forthcoming, 2015. The Secrets of Generation: Reproduction in the 18th Century. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Wagner, D. 2011. Visualizations of the Womb through Tropes, Dissection, and Illustration, circa 1660-1774. In Book Illustration in the Long Eighteenth Century: Reconfiguring the Visual Periphery of the Text, edited by C. Ionescu, 531-73. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pbk forthcoming.

Wagner, D. 2012. Arousing Applications: Syringes and Anatomical Preparations of Genital Organs in the Long Eighteenth Century. Bulletin of the Scientific Instrument Society 113: 4-9.

Alexandra Bacopoulos-Viau - Banting Postdoctoral Fellow

PhD 2013, Department of History and Philosophy of Science (University of Cambridge)


Scripting the Mind: ‘Automatic Writing’ in France, 1857-1930 (Winner of the 2014 Dissertation Prize, Forum for History of Human Science) 

Current Project:

The (Re) Discovery of the Subconscious: Pierre Janet, Self, and Trauma from 1900 to the Present

Research Interests:

Cultural and Intellectual History; History and Philosophy of the Human and Mind Sciences; Medical Humanities; Literature and Science; Gender, Sexuality, and the History of the Body; Narratives of Selfhood; Modernist Aesthetics

Selected Publications:

Tales from the Asylum. Patient Narratives and the (De)construction of Psychiatry. Editor (with Aude Fauvel) of a special issue in Medical History, forthcoming

The Patient’s Turn. Roy Porter and Psychiatry’s Tales, Thirty Years On (with Aude Fauvel). Medical History, forthcoming

Que faire des hystériques? Sciences Humaines, 31 (juin-juillet-août), 2013, 40-41

La danse des corps figés. Catalepsie et imaginaire médical au XIXe siècle. Revue d’histoire du 19e siècle, 44(1), 2012, 165-184

Automatism, Surrealism and the Making of French Psychopathology: The Case of Pierre Janet. History of Psychiatry, 23(3), 2012, 259-277

Les ténèbres de la psyché. Invited contribution to catalogue for the exhibition Entrée des médiums. Spiritisme et art de Hugo à Breton. Maison de Victor Hugo. Paris: Paris Musées, 2012, 120-126

Vincent Duclos

PhD 2013, Department of Anthropology, Université de Montréal


Le soin du monde: Incursions anthropologiques dans le Pan-African e-Network Project. [The Care of the World: Anthropological Incursions into the Pan-African e-Network Project]

Research Interests:

Medical anthropology; Digital media and networks; Health practices and infrastructures; eHealth/mHealth and telemedicine; Global health; Philosophy of science and technology; Relationship between technology and humanity.


Duclos, V., 2015, “Global eHealth: Designing Spaces of Care in the Era of Global Connectivity,” Medicine Anthropology Theory, 2(1):154-164.

Duclos, V. , 2015, “Le design du monde: de Marshall McLuhan à Peter Sloterdijk, vers une anthropologie de l’espace en devenir,” Working Papers Series, No 97, Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, FMSH-WP-2015-97, June 2015,

Duclos, V. 2014, “A Win-win Renaissance? ICT, Healthcare, and Indo-African Economic Resurgence,” Journal of Critical Southern Studies, 2(1): 7-34.

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