Morven Cook

Thesis Title: ‘We’re Just Talking’: Assisted Dying in Contemporary British and American Narratives


Supervisors: Dr Will Slocombe and Professor Marie Lloyd-Williams

Research Interests: Morven’s PhD research engages with an eclectic range of narratives and reflects on the significance of end of life storylines within literary and cultural histories of disability (19–21 C). Morven’s research is funded by the Centre for Humanities and Social Sciences of Health, Medicine, and Technology. Morven has organised various events including a play reading at the Wellcome Collection Library in London and a Death Café at the Liverpool Medical Institute.  In 2018 she was awarded a writing fellowship at the Brocher Foundation, where she spent a month in Switzerland working with other researchers in bioethics. This year she will spend a week at Franklin College Georgia working with Dr Nancee Reeves as part of a fellowship exchange.

Publications: Morven has published book reviews for the British Society for Literature and Science, written articles for The Conversation, The Independent, and Hektoen International.

Conference papers/talks: Morven has given papers at the ‘Talking Bodies’ Conference at the University of Chester, the Institute of Medical Ethics Conference, and the Death and Culture Conference at the University of York.

Teaching experience: Morven has taught for the University of Liverpool on the BA English degree, on modules including Women Writers, Close Reading, Ways of Reading, and Shakespeare: Ways of Thinking. She also teaches disability studies on the third year psychology module for occupational therapy students and optometrists.

Social media/blog: Twitter @Morven_Cook