Dr Katie MacMillan
Department of Social Sciences
My long term research interests are in knowledge construction, therapy and the application of Discourse Analysis (DA), and Reflexivity, to talk and texts. My doctoral thesis, "Trance-Scripts: the Poetics of a Reflexive Guide to Hypnosis and Trance Talk" (hyperlink forthcoming), for example, is a reflexive, discursive analysis of the poetics of hypnosis. As well as examining the ways in which hypnotic phenomena are defined and constituted within various research paradigms, 'Trance-Scripts' explores connections between poetry, hypnosis, therapy, and reflexivity, and argues a case for reflexivity as textual therapy.
I am also interested in the False Memory/ Recovered Memory controversy, and, in collaboration with colleagues at Loughborough University, am currently examining the search for the 'real' (in science, therapy, and identity) in discourses about Multiple Personality/ Dissociative Identity Disorder (MPD/DID).