About Us

The Neurodivergent Humanities Network is a safe and generative space that accommodates the diverse, individual needs of scholars working in the humanities, while offering a shared sense of community and support.

We believe that centering neurodivergent perspectives in academia and beyond will pave new avenues for collaboration, research, and methodological development. We explore new modes of thinking, being, and doing research in ways that better support our needs within and beyond institutional structures and practices. The research model we are developing will reject the prevailing deficit model in neurodivergence discourse; we seek to reframe best practices as teaching, learning, and research methods that can support the diverse needs and skills within our community in an academic environment.

Meet the Team

Louise Creechan is a Lecturer in the Literary Medical Humanities at Durham University; she is interested in Victorian literature, critical neurodiversity studies, and the history of (not) reading. She is the Neurodivergent Humanities network lead and an AHRC/BBC New Generation Thinker.
Ria Cheyne is based at Liverpool Hope University where she is a Senior Lecturer in Disability Studies, although she identifies as a disability studies scholar, a literature scholar, and/or a medical humanities scholar depending on the time of day. Her research interests include literary and cultural representations of disability, neurodiversity, and disability disclosure
Alice Hagopian is an aspiring PhD researcher working on French Literature and critical neurodiversity studies; she is a postgraduate administrator for Neurodivergent Humanities.
Sarinah O’Donoghue is a PhD researcher at the University of Aberdeen; she is interested in the intersection of ecocriticism and critical neurodiversity studies and works on autism in contemporary literature. She is a postgraduate administrator for Neurodivergent Humanities.
Arya Thampuran is an Assistant Professor (Research) at the Institute for Medical Humanities at Durham University. She is the current Principal Investigator on the Wellcome Trust-funded Black Health and the Humanities Network.
Leni Van Goidsenhoven is Assistant Professor of (critical) disability studies at the Department of Literary and Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam.