Dr Cheryl McGeachan

  • Lecturer (School of Geographical and Earth Sciences)

telephone: 0141 330 3634
email: Cheryl.McGeachan@glasgow.ac.uk

Research interests

Research Interests
  • Historical and cultural geographies
  • Asylum and Post-Asylum geographies
  • biography and life-writing
  • R.D. Laing
  • Outsider art
  • Forensics and crime fiction 
  • History of psychiatry
  • Psychoanalytic and psychotherapeutic geographies
  • Experiences of mental ill-health
  • Medical humanities
  • Marion Milner and art therapy

Current Chair of the Medical Humanities Discussion Group: http://mhrc.academicblogs.co.uk/discussion-group/ 

Part of the Asylum and Post-Asylum Spaces Cluster: https://asylumspaces.wordpress.com/

Collaborator Medical Humanities Research Network Scotland: http://www.medical-humanities.glasgow.ac.uk/projects/

 

Current and Recent Research Projects

A Tapestry of Tales: Investigating the Historical Geographies of Art Therapy and 'Art Extraordinary' in Scotland (1950-1980) 

Funded by the British Academy BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants (2014/16)

This research programme investigates the historical geographies of art therapy and 'Art Extraordinary' in Scotland from 1900 to the present. In particular it examines the different institutional sites and spaces where art therapy and 'Art Extraordinary' was being produced in order to shed new light on the complex histories and geographies of mental health care in Scotland during the period.

I am currently working with the Open Museum on a number of initiatives connected to this project including an exhibition in Barlinnie prison on the Barlinnie Special Unit. 

Encountering R.D. Laing's Archive: Mental Health, Care and Creativity

Funded by Wellcome Trust Small Grant in Medical Humanities

2014 marked an exceptionally significant year in the history of mental health in Glasgow, being the bicentenary of institutional care, and this set of events that took place in September and October 2014 sought to open up conversations about these issues through one of Glasgow's most famous psychiatrists Ronald David Laing. 

Through a creative writing workshop, a conference and a film showing these events aimed to bring together a range of individuals from across different academic disciplines, professions and communities to share reflections on the changing nature of institutional care.

Debating the First Principles of Transcultural Psychiatry (collaborator)

An Exploratory Award under the Science in Culture Theme funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (PI-Dr. Gavin Miller, University of Glasgow).

http://transculturalpsychiatry.gla.ac.uk/

This project cultivates critical reflection upon the first principles of transcultural psychiatry, a field in which culture, as well as the brain, is understood as essential to the understanding and treatment of mental illness. The project brought together a number of collaborators from different disciplines and backgrounds, and asked them to generate and reflect upon what they saw as fundamental questions for the field of transcultural psychiatry. The project had a total of eleven collaborators, both clinical and academic. Position papers and podcasts can be found on the results webpage.  

ESRC Funded PhD Research

Enticing Ghosts to Life: Exploring the Historical and Cultural Geographies of R.D. Laing (2010)

 

 

 

 

Selected publications

Grants

Miller, Gavin (PI), McGeachan, C. (Co-I), White, R. (Co-I) and Xenofontos. S. (Co-I). Other Psychotherapies - across time, space, and cultures, Wellcome Trust Small Grant in Medical Humanities 2016-17. 

McGeachan, C. A Tapestry of Tales: Investigating the Historical Geographies of Art Therapy and 'Art Extraordinary' in Scotland (1950-1980), British Academy Small Research Grants 2014/16. 

McGeachan, C. Encountering R.D. Laing's Archive: Mental Health, Care and Creativity, Wellcome Trust Small Grant in Medical Humanities 2014. 

McGeachan, C. Narrating the Archive: A pilot study into student use of archives in Glasgow, Learning and Teaching Development Fund 2013-14.

 

 

Supervision

Recently Completed PhD Students

Kim Ross - The Locational History of Scotland's District Lunatic Asylums, 1857-1913

Co-supervision with Professor Chris Philo and Professor Malcolm Nicholson (completed 2014)

Hazel Morrison - Unearthing the Clinical Encounter: Gartnavel Royal Mental Hospital 1921-1932.

Co-supervision with Professor Chris Philo and Professor Malcolm Nicholson (completed 2014)

Current PhD Students 

Cristin Sarg - Scottish-Jewish 'Madness'?: An examination of Jewish admissions to the royal asylums of Edinburgh and Glasgow, c. 1870 - 1939. 

Co-supervision with Professor Chris Philo. 

Louise Boyle - Running into the SAnD: a social and anticipatory geography of Social Anxiety Disprder (SAnD) in on- and offline worlds.

Co-supervision with Professor Chris Philo. 

Lauren Farquharson - 'Fearful landscapes': parochial asylums and poorhouse lunatic wards - where the Scottish poor and Lunacy Laws collided.

Co-supervision with Professor Chris Philo. 

Eleanor Martin - Building the Clubhouse: the geographies of 'working communities' as spaces of mental health recovery in the UK. 

Co-supervision with Professor Hester Parr

 

I would like to develop undergraduate and postgraduate projects with students interested in the following:

- Crime fiction and forensics

- Psychoanalytic geographies of Sigmund Freud or Donald Winnicott

- Geographical biographies and life-writing

- Patient narratives from the institutional and/or deinstitutionalised landscape

- Sites of death and disease in the 19th century city

 

Teaching

I teach on a number of courses throughout the Geography Degree programme including:


Geography-1 Lectures 'A World of Resources' and 'A World of Difference'

Geography-2 Fieldclass 

Geographical Thought 

Geographical Techniques 'Visual Methods' and 'Documentary Sources'

Geography Summer School

MRes in Human Geography 

 

I am the Convenor of the Geography-1 Programme 

 

 

Honours Option

● Historical Geographies: Care, Conflict and Confinement (this option will next run in the 2016/17 academic year)

This course critically considers the ways in which the sub-disciplinary field of historical geography has explored the geographies of people, places and environments in the past and their reverberations in contemporary times. Using examples from work on colonial lives, pirate tales, family biographies and (sometimes unsuccessful) experiments on bodies and minds, this course will examine some of the central theoretical debates in historical geography. A significant section of this course will be devoted to the practice of historical geography and time will be spent rooting around in 'archives' of varying kinds. Dealing with a variety of historical materials such as manuscripts, film, diaries, photographs, objects, novels and maps, this course enables you the opportunity to build a set of core skills in conducting research on the past and a critical awareness of the complex processes involved. In doing so, this course aims to promote a deeper understanding of the different ways in which the past has been (re)presented in geographical work and provides you with the chance to reflect personally on the different ways in which you may wish to story past lives and past places. 

This course compliments the following courses run in GES:

The Geographies of Outsiders - Chris Philo

Exploration - Simon Naylor

Landscape and Culture - Hayden Lorimer

Embodied Social Geographies - Hester Parr

 

 

Research into Teaching 

Storying learning experiences: using narrative inquiry in teaching geography, co-authored paper with Dr. Geraldine Perriam (University of Glasgow), to the RGS-IBG, London (2014).  

Learning and life stories: Narrative iquiry in the classroom and fieldwork setting, co-authored with Dr. Geraldine Perriam (University of Glasgow), to the 6th Annual Learning and Teaching Conference University of Glasgow (2013).

Inspiring Critical and Imaginative Learners: An Interactive Workshop on Creative Geographic Writing, co-authored session with Dr. Geraldine Perriam (University of Glasgow), to the 5th Annual Learning and Teaching Conference, Empowering Student Learners in Higher Education, University of Glasgow. (2012).

Staff and GTA Collaboration in Tutorial Design: Responding to Student Feedback, co-authored paper with Dr. Joanne Sharp, Geraldine Perriam and David Beel (University of Glasgow), to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Symposium. (2008).

Additional information

Research Conference Papers

A Tapestry of Unknown Tales - paper presented at the British Society for the History of Medicine Conference, Leeds (2015).

Co-convenor with Anna Schliehe (University of Glasgow) of the Troubling Institutions: Exploring Spaces of Security and Care event. University of Glasgow (2014). 

'R.D. Laing and the Ghosts of Gartnavel's Refractory Ward' - paper presented at the Gartnavel Royal Hospital and the History of Scottish Psychiatry Symposium (2014).

Convenor of the Encountering R.D. Laing: Mental Health, Care and Creativity Conference, University of Glasgow (2014).  

'Self/(body-world): examining social entanglement, psychotherapy and psychosis' - paper presented in the Co-productions of Psychoanalysis and Geography: Worlding psychoanalysis session at the RGS-IBG (2014).

'An attempt to realise loneliness': exploring R.D. Laing's work with family narratives' - paper presented at the Emotions Seminar Series, School in Health and Social Science, University of Edinburgh (2014).

"A Way of Keeping a Diary": Exploring the Experimental Narratives of Marion Milner (Joanna Field) - paper presented at the 'Attentive Writers': healthcare, Authorship, and Authority Conference, University of Glasgow (2013).

"There were many ghosts walking with me": (Re)remembering through the archive - paper presented at the International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Emotional Geographies, University of Groningen (2013).

'The work of words: exploring Foucault, Laing and the colours of 'mad' words' - paper presented at the Medical Humanities Research Network Scotland Symposium 2 on Mental Health and Dependency, University of Glasgow (2013).

'Exploring the Experimental Therapeutic Spaces of R.D. Laing and Aaron Esterson' - paper presented at the Deinstitutionalisation and After: Post-War Psychiatry in Global Perspective Conference, University of Strathclyde (2013).

Co-convenor with Professor Chris Philo (University of Glasgow), Professor Sarah Curtis (Durham University) of the Asylum and Post-Asylum Spaces - Contemporary and historical perspectives on 'shelter, treatment and care' event. University of Glasgow (2013) and Durham University (2012).

'Seeking asylum, somewhere': R.D. Laing and the alternative spaces of asylum - paper presented at the Asylum and Post-Asylum Spaces - Contemporary and historical perspectives on 'shelter, treatment and care' Conference, University of Glasgow (2013).

'The world if full of big bad wolves': 'policing', sanity, madness and the family - paper presented at the RGS-IBG Conference at the University Edinburgh (July 2012).

Re-imagining the Childhood City of R.D. Laing - paper presented at Situating and Interpreting States of Mind, 1700-2000 Conference at the University of Northumbria (June 2012). 

More than a footnote: Unsettling Moments in the Archive - paper presented at the RGS-IBG Conference in London (August 2011).

Unpicking the geographies of R.D. Laing - paper presented at the AAG Conference in Seattle (April 2011).

The Geographies of R.D. Laing: Exploring the Micro-geographies of Psychitaric Army Life - paper presented at the AAG Conference in Las Vegas (April 2009).

Blog Posts for the Centre of Medical Humanities

"Absent Presences and Present Absences" (Reflections on the International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Emotional Geographies). (2013) http://medicalhumanities.wordpress.com/2013/07/08/absent-presences-present-absences-reflections-on-the-international-interdisciplinary-conference-on-emotional-geographies/

All Divided Selves, Review of Luke Fowler's R.D. Laing Documentary (2012)http://medicalhumanities.wordpress.com/2012/02/27/all-divided-selves-review-of-luke-fowlers-r-d-laing-documentary/

Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival Awards (2012) http://medicalhumanities.wordpress.com/2012/10/30/scottish-mental-health-arts/

 

 

All publications

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Number of items: 15.

2017

McGeachan, C. (2017) Mental health geographies. In: Richardson, D., Castree, N., Goodchild, M. F., Kobayashi, A., Liu, W. and Marston, R. A. (eds.) The International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 9780470659632 (doi:10.1002/9781118786352)

McGeachan, C. (2017) 'The Head Carver ’: Art Extraordinary and the small spaces of the asylum. History of Psychiatry, 28(1), pp. 58-71. (doi:10.1177/0957154X16676693) (PMID:27834293)

McGeachan, C. (2017) Book review: The Afterlives of the Psychiatric Asylum: Recycling Concepts, Sites and Memories. Cultural Geographies, 24(1), pp. 188-189. (doi:10.1177/1474474016643976) [Book Review]

McGeachan, C. (2017) The ghosts of the refractory ward: R.D. Laing and (re)configuring psychiatric spaces of care. In: Nord, C. and Högström, E. (eds.) Caring Architecture: Institutions and Relational Practices. Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Cambridge, pp. 111-126. ISBN 9781443898966

McGeachan, C. and Philo, C. (2017) Occupying space: mental health geography and global directions. In: White, R. G., Jain, S., Orr, D. M.R. and Read, U. M. (eds.) The Palgrave Handbook of Sociocultural Perspectives on Global Mental Health. Series: Palgrave handbooks. Palgrave Macmillan: London, pp. 31-50. ISBN 9781137395092 (doi:10.1057/978-1-137-39510-8_2)

2016

McGeachan, C. (2016) 'Do you have a frog to guide you?': Exploring the 'asylum' spaces of R.D. Laing. In: Kritsotaki, D., Long, V. and Smith, M. (eds.) Deinstitutionalisation and After: Post-War Psychiatry in the Western World. Series: Mental health in historical perspective. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 195-213. ISBN 9783319453590 (doi:10.1007/978-3-319-45360-6_10)

McGeachan, C. (2016) Historical geography II: traces remain. Progress in Human Geography, (doi:10.1177/0309132516651762) (Early Online Publication)

McGeachan, C. (2016) Researching art extraordinary: a fieldwork photo-collage essay. Project Report. N/A. (Unpublished)

2014

McGeachan, C. (2014) Historical geography I: what remains? Progress in Human Geography, 38(6), pp. 824-837. (doi:10.1177/0309132514546449)

McGeachan, C. (2014) 'The world is full of big bad wolves': investigating the experimental therapeutic spaces of R.D. Laing and Aaron Esterson. History of Psychiatry, 25(3), pp. 283-298. (doi:10.1177/0957154X14529222)

McGeachan, C. (2014) ‘Worlding’ psychoanalytic insights: unpicking R.D. Laing's geographies. In: Kingsbury, P. and Pile, S. (eds.) Psychoanalytic Geographies. Ashgate: Farnham. ISBN 9781472407214

McGeachan, C. and Philo, C. (2014) Words. In: Lee, R., Castree, N., Kitchin, R., Lawson, V., Paasi, A., Philo, C., Radcliffe, S., Roberts, S. M. and Withers, C. W. (eds.) The Sage Handbook of Human Geography. SAGE: London, pp. 545-570. ISBN 9780857022486

2013

McGeachan, C. (2013) Needles, picks and an intern named Laing: exploring the psychiatric spaces of Army life. Journal of Historical Geography, 40, pp. 67-78. (doi:10.1016/j.jhg.2012.10.002)

McGeachan, C. (2013) (Re)remembering and narrating the childhood city of R.D. Laing. Cultural Geographies, 20(3), pp. 269-284. (doi:10.1177/1474474012462532)

2012

McGeachan, C., Forsyth, I. and Hasty, W. (2012) Certain subjects? Working with biography and life-writing in historical geography. Historical Geography, 40, pp. 169-185.

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Number of items: 15.

Articles

McGeachan, C. (2017) 'The Head Carver ’: Art Extraordinary and the small spaces of the asylum. History of Psychiatry, 28(1), pp. 58-71. (doi:10.1177/0957154X16676693) (PMID:27834293)

McGeachan, C. (2016) Historical geography II: traces remain. Progress in Human Geography, (doi:10.1177/0309132516651762) (Early Online Publication)

McGeachan, C. (2014) Historical geography I: what remains? Progress in Human Geography, 38(6), pp. 824-837. (doi:10.1177/0309132514546449)

McGeachan, C. (2014) 'The world is full of big bad wolves': investigating the experimental therapeutic spaces of R.D. Laing and Aaron Esterson. History of Psychiatry, 25(3), pp. 283-298. (doi:10.1177/0957154X14529222)

McGeachan, C. (2013) Needles, picks and an intern named Laing: exploring the psychiatric spaces of Army life. Journal of Historical Geography, 40, pp. 67-78. (doi:10.1016/j.jhg.2012.10.002)

McGeachan, C. (2013) (Re)remembering and narrating the childhood city of R.D. Laing. Cultural Geographies, 20(3), pp. 269-284. (doi:10.1177/1474474012462532)

McGeachan, C., Forsyth, I. and Hasty, W. (2012) Certain subjects? Working with biography and life-writing in historical geography. Historical Geography, 40, pp. 169-185.

Book Sections

McGeachan, C. (2017) Mental health geographies. In: Richardson, D., Castree, N., Goodchild, M. F., Kobayashi, A., Liu, W. and Marston, R. A. (eds.) The International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 9780470659632 (doi:10.1002/9781118786352)

McGeachan, C. (2017) The ghosts of the refractory ward: R.D. Laing and (re)configuring psychiatric spaces of care. In: Nord, C. and Högström, E. (eds.) Caring Architecture: Institutions and Relational Practices. Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Cambridge, pp. 111-126. ISBN 9781443898966

McGeachan, C. and Philo, C. (2017) Occupying space: mental health geography and global directions. In: White, R. G., Jain, S., Orr, D. M.R. and Read, U. M. (eds.) The Palgrave Handbook of Sociocultural Perspectives on Global Mental Health. Series: Palgrave handbooks. Palgrave Macmillan: London, pp. 31-50. ISBN 9781137395092 (doi:10.1057/978-1-137-39510-8_2)

McGeachan, C. (2016) 'Do you have a frog to guide you?': Exploring the 'asylum' spaces of R.D. Laing. In: Kritsotaki, D., Long, V. and Smith, M. (eds.) Deinstitutionalisation and After: Post-War Psychiatry in the Western World. Series: Mental health in historical perspective. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 195-213. ISBN 9783319453590 (doi:10.1007/978-3-319-45360-6_10)

McGeachan, C. (2014) ‘Worlding’ psychoanalytic insights: unpicking R.D. Laing's geographies. In: Kingsbury, P. and Pile, S. (eds.) Psychoanalytic Geographies. Ashgate: Farnham. ISBN 9781472407214

McGeachan, C. and Philo, C. (2014) Words. In: Lee, R., Castree, N., Kitchin, R., Lawson, V., Paasi, A., Philo, C., Radcliffe, S., Roberts, S. M. and Withers, C. W. (eds.) The Sage Handbook of Human Geography. SAGE: London, pp. 545-570. ISBN 9780857022486

Book Reviews

McGeachan, C. (2017) Book review: The Afterlives of the Psychiatric Asylum: Recycling Concepts, Sites and Memories. Cultural Geographies, 24(1), pp. 188-189. (doi:10.1177/1474474016643976) [Book Review]

Research Reports or Papers

McGeachan, C. (2016) Researching art extraordinary: a fieldwork photo-collage essay. Project Report. N/A. (Unpublished)

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