Thesis Title: Different conceptions of place: Gilles De La Tourette syndrome and the significance of insignificant materiality
Primary Supervisor: Dr Jon Anderson
Secondary Supervisor: Dr Mara Miele
Reviewer: Dr Justin Spinney
Starting Date: January 2014
Completion Date: December 2016
Funding Source: Cardiff School of Planning and Geography
- MRes. Human Geography and Planning, Utrecht University (2012)
- BSc. Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning, Wageningen University (2009)
Employing a multi-disciplinary approach, my research examines the experiences of people with Tourette syndrome with their immediate physical, social and symbolic environments by studying their involuntary urges and practices of Tourette syndrome specific compulsive behaviour, including touching certain elements of their material surroundings and how their spatial behaviour becomes accustomed to this. I aim to introduce new ways of thinking of 'knowing of the world' through hypersensitivity as regarded from a socio-spatial perspective. Drawing on and contributing to more-than-human postphenomenological work in human geography, embodiment in health and disability geography, and clinical studies of Tourette syndrome, my project will be based on semi-structured interviews on compulsive behaviours, lifestyle and strategies and overt ethnography in which the participants’ spatial behaviour will be videotaped in certain places differing in severity of stimuli. In doing so, my research intends to aid in the development of clinical behavioural therapies in order to increase the in situ wellbeing of people with Tourette syndrome.
2015 “The Salience of Place: More-than-human voices in the geographies of humans with Tourette syndrome” Co-authored by Dr. Jon Anderson Symposium: Spaces of Attunement: Life, Matter & the Dance of Encounters, Cardiff, March 2015
2015 “Researcher Positionality in Practice: Uncanny reflections and the case of compulsive behaviour of people with Tourette syndrome” Welsh Human Geography Postgraduate Conference, March 2015
2013 “Mapping Embodied Meanings: Emotion and affect in the daily activities and social networks of contemporary villagers”. Fourth International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Emotional Geographies, Groningen, July 2013.
2014 “Do Places Matter in Compulsive Behaviour and How? A socio-spatial perspective on Tourette syndrome” ESSTS Annual Meeting, Paris, April 2014
2014 Guest blog, Tourette’s Action website, September 2014.
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2010 “Anssi Paasi over de Angelsaksische dominantie in de sociale geografie”, Interview, Geografie, March 2010 issue.