Time Team

Laura Salisbury

I am a Professor in Medicine and English Literature. My room is 119 in the Queen’s Building.

I have research and teaching interests in modernist, postmodernist and contemporary fiction; medical humanities; modernity and the contemporary; poststructuralism; philosophies of temporality, ethics and affect; psychoanalysis; neuroscience and language.

I have published widely on the work of Samuel Beckett, including a monograph entitled Samuel Beckett: Laughing Matters, Comic Timing (Edinburgh University Press, 2012).  I am completing another monograph — Aphasic Modernism: Revolutions of the Word — which is a study of the relationship between modernism, modernity, and early twentieth-century neuroscientific conceptions of language. I am researching a book for Edinburgh University Press called Slow Modernism.

I work in the English Department and in the Wellcome Trust Centre for the Cultures and Environments of Heath.

With Lisa Baraitser (Birkbeck) I am joint PI on the Wellcome Trust Collaborative Award Waiting Times project.

Lisa Baraitser

Professor of Psychosocial Theory, Department of Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck

I joined Birkbeck as a faculty member in 2005, and have been involved in the development of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck ever since. My first degree was in Medical Science and Psychology, followed by a Master’s in Counselling and Psychotherapy, and a PhD in Psychology. Between 1995 and 2005 I trained as a psychodynamic counsellor, and worked in a range of mental health settings, thinking through the psychological ramifications of violence, abuse and poverty in the lives of women. During this time, I was also the Artistic Director of an experimental theatre collective known as PUR. Since taking up an academic position, my research is on gender and sexuality, motherhood and the maternal, feminist theory, psychoanalysis, and philosophies of ethics, affects, materiality, temporality and event.

My current research is on gender and temporality. I am interested in time that fails to unfold, and the place in contemporary culture of various forms of ‘stuck’ or suspended time that play out in relation to the more and more ‘qualified’ time of work.  I am writing about temporal tropes such as waiting, staying, delay, maintenance and endurance in relation to a range of durational practices and social projects (psychoanalysis, mothering, care, incarceration, activism) in a bid to understand affective survival in late liberal conditions. A new monograph, Enduring Time, is published with Bloomsbury (2017).

I am joint PI on the Wellcome Trust Collaborative Award Waiting Times project.

Raluca Soreanu

Wellcome Trust Fellow in Medical Humanities, Department of Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck.

Raluca is a psychoanalyst in private practice, an associate member of the Círculo Psicanalítico do Rio de Janeiro (CPRJ), and of the Instituto de Estudos da Complexidade (IEC), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Between 2013 and 2016, Raluca Soreanu was Marie Curie Fellow in Sociology at the Department of Psychosocial Studies. In 2009/2010 she was a Fulbright Fellow at the Institute for Public Knowledge, New York University, US.

Martin Moore

Research Fellow, University of Exeter

I am a Research Fellow at the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health at the University of Exeter. My research for the Waiting Times project concerns the historical construction and experience of waiting within the British health services since 1900.

Prior to my role on Waiting Times, I was an Associate Research Fellow in the Centre for Medical History (University of Exeter), working with Professor Mark Jackson on his Wellcome Trust-funded Senior Investigator Award “Lifestyle, health and disease: changing concepts of balance in modern medicine”. As part of the Balance team, I researched the ways in which the medical pursuit of physiological balance in twentieth-century diabetes care intersected with – and often ran contrary to – an overlapping array of social and cultural demands made on patients. Moreover, developing themes I sketched out in my PhD at the University of Warwick (2010-14), I explored how a seemingly holistic concept like balance became bureaucratised in modern medicine, examining the mechanisms and politics through which the practices and professionals involved in the maintenance of balance were increasingly subject to frameworks of management.

Many of these ideas will be central to my work on waiting. As health services changed over the twentieth century, clinicians, civil servants, politicians and the pubic increasingly cast time as economic object to be accounted for, and waiting as a problem to be managed through various temporal technologies. Waiting was also, however, a contested construction, a concept and experience with a varied set of meanings for patients and practitioners that changed over time and across context. By opening a space for the plurality of these histories, I hope to contribute to the project’s overarching question: what does it mean to wait “now”?

Deborah Robinson

Associate Professor (Reader), Contemporary Art, Plymouth

Dr Deborah Robinson is Associate Professor (Reader) in Contemporary Art Practice at the University of Plymouth, and an artist who collaborates with scientists, artists, biomedical experts and technologists in the making of experimental installation artwork using moving image and sound. Her artworks have explored data transposition, questions of agency (human/non human), disease and mental health. Her work is exhibited in the UK and internationally.

Jocelyn Catty

Research Lead for the Child Psychotherapy Doctorate, Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust

Dr Jocelyn Catty is a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and an Adult Psychotherapist. She is Research Lead for the Child Psychotherapy doctoral training at the Tavistock Centre.

She was previously Senior Research Fellow in Mental Health at St. George’s, University of London, where she worked for ten years conducting research into services for adults with severe mental illness. She coordinated several large-scale studies including an international RCT of supported employment and a longitudinal study of continuity of care in mental health.

She has particular research interests in the therapeutic alliance in psychotherapy and generic mental health care and in measuring complex interventions. She is co-chair of the Research Committee of the Association of Child Psychotherapists, a member of the Society for Psychotherapy Research and a member of the steering group for Short-Term Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (STPP) in the IMPACT Study of adolescent depression.

She twice won the Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists’ Hamish Canham prize: for a clinical paper on child psychotherapy (2014) and for a paper on psychoanalytic work in schools (2010). She also has a DPhil in English Literature, which was published as a book in 1999. She is Assistant Series Editor for the Tavistock Clinic Series with Karnac.

Michael J Flexer

Publicly Engaged Research Fellow, University of Exeter

I am the publicly engaged research fellow working on the Wellcome-funded ‘Waiting Times’ project led by Professor Laura Salisbury (Exeter) and Dr Lisa Baraitser (Birkbeck).

My PhD at University of Leeds was in the semiotics of ‘schizophrenia’ and was cross-supervised by Professor Stuart Murray in the School of English and Professor Allan House in the Institute of Health Sciences.

I worked on a post-doc project with Professor Brian Hurwitz at King’s College, London, analysing post-WWII published medical case reports, and we hope to publish a paper of our findings in 2018.

I have taught psycholinguistics at Sheffield Hallam University, drama and Shakespeare at University of Leeds and worked as Teaching Fellow at Imperial College, London on the BSc in Medical Sciences with Humanities, Philosophy and Law.


Tehching Hsieh, One Year Performance 1980-1981
Photograph by Michael Shen
© Tehching Hsieh
Courtesy of the artist and Sean Kelly Gallery, New York