culture + environment creating health + wellbeing engaged research

Luna Dolezal

Centre Academic


I am currently a Senior Lecturer in Medical Humanities and Philosophy.

My research is primarily in the areas of applied phenomenology, philosophy of embodiment, philosophy of medicine and medical humanities (esp. through literature and philosophy).

My recent monograph, The Body and Shame: Phenomenology, Feminism and the Socially Shaped Body (Lexington Books, 2015), considers philosophical conceptions of embodied subjectivity through the work of the phenomenological thinkers Husserl, Merleau-Ponty and Sartre, while engaging with feminist and medical scholarship on cosmetic surgery.

This book explores how shame plays a key role in the social shaping of the body and the formation of subjectivity, using shame as a conceptual means to reconcile the phenomenological and social constructivist accounts of embodied subjectivity.

Research Interests

My current book project, The Politics of Shame, explores the social and political dimensions of shame. I am also co-editor of Body/Self/Other: The Phenomenology of Social Encounters (co-edited with D. Petherbridge, SUNY Press, 2017) and New Feminist Perspectives on Embodiment (co-edited with C. Fischer, Palgrave Macmillan).

My research considers the cultural, social and affective determinants of health, with particular focus on conceptualizing shame and belonging in health research contexts. I am the PI on a Wellcome Trust-funded project, Shame and Medicine, which is a collaboration with Dr Matthew Gibson (Birmingham) and Dr Barry Lyons (Trinity College Dublin). Shame and Medicine is an engagement between medical practitioners, social scientists, philosophers and medical humanities scholars seeking to investigate the role of shame in the context of health, medicine and medical practice.

I am also co-I on the Wellcome Trust-funded project Imagining Technologies for Disability Futures, led by Professor Stuart Murray (Leeds).