Dr Philip Kirby

  • History of childhood and education
  • History of science and medicine
  • Dyslexia

I work on a project looking at the history of dyslexia, with Professors William Whyte (PI), Maggie Snowling (CI) and Kate Nation (CI) (funded through grants from the John Fell Fund and the ISSF, Wellcome Trust). Based in the History Faculty and Department of Experimental Psychology, the project seeks to produce the first comprehensive history of dyslexia, from the initial use of the term over a century ago to the present day. Alongside this, the project is creating an archive of historical materials related to dyslexia, including oral histories from key actors in its history. For further information on the project, or if you would like to contribute to the archive, please send me an email.

  • Gift from the gods? Dyslexia, popular culture and the ethics of representation

  • Sound and fury? Film score and the geopolitics of instrumental music

  • Literacy, advocacy and agency: The campaign for political recognition of dyslexia in Britain (1962-97)

  • Worried mothers? Gender, class and the origins of the 'dyslexia myth'

  • A brief history of dyslexia

  • Battle Scars: Wonder Woman, Aesthetic Geopolitics and Disfigurement in Hollywood Film

  • Old boy network

  • What's in a name? The history of dyslexia

  • Science shortfall

  • Children, Young People and Critical Geopolitics

  • More
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