Stuart Murray’s 2020 monograph Disability and the Posthuman: Bodies, Technology, and Cultural Futures is now freely available through an Open Access agreement between the publisher Liverpool University Press and Knowledge Unlatched, an organisation dedicated to making scholarly work available to all ((https://knowledgeunlatched.org/). Disability and the Posthuman explores ideas central to the itDf project, particularly the relationship between embodied technologies and cultural narratives.
Stuart is Principal Investigator for the project and involved in both the ‘Imagining/Experiencing Disability, Care and Embodiment’ and ‘Prototyping ordinary communication futures’ work packages. In the first, he is involved with the team’s exploration of embodiment in speculative and science fiction, as well as workshops on technology with disabled participants. In the second, he is interested in the interaction between assistive technology, objects and contemporary disability theories of matter and presence.
Stuart Murray is Professor of Contemporary Literatures and Film in the School of English at the University of Leeds, where he is also the Director of the Leeds Centre for Medical Humanities. His research focuses on contemporary cultural depictions of disability and mental health, particularly in relation to technology, cultural theory and ideas of futurity. He has worked extensively with disability communities and is committed to disability inclusion in research. Stuart is the author or editor of 10 books, the most recent being Disability and the Posthuman: Bodies, Technology and Cultural Futures (Liverpool University Press, 2020). In 2008, he was the founding Editor of Liverpool UP’s Representations: Health, Disability, Culture and Society monograph series, and currently he is one of the Editors of Bloomsbury’s new book series Medical and Health Humanities: Critical Interventions and on the Editorial Board of BMJ Medical Humanities. Stuart’s latest book Medical Humanities and Disability Studies: Beyond Disciplines, was published by Bloomsbury in 2022.