Postdoctoral Research Fellow
College House 2.14
College House, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK
Matthew MacKisack is an historian of science and philosophy, focusing on how imagining and the imagination have been understood, experienced and instrumentalised. He primarily explores this in the context of early-modern Europe, but is also interested in the continuities and breaks with modernity. His research is interdisciplinary, employing critical and literary theory alongside the findings of cognitive science and neuroscience.
Prior to joining the Medical School, Matthew completed a PhD at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and gained his BA in English from the University of Oxford.
His postdoctoral research at the Medical School contributes to the Eye’s Mind project. Currently he is co-editing a special cross-disciplinary issue of the neuroscience journal Cortex, and organising the first public conference for, and exhibition of art by, those with aphantasia and hyperphantasia.
BA (Hons) University of Oxford
PGCE Institute of Education, London
PhD Goldsmiths College, London
- History of Science
- History of Philosophy
- Imagery and Imagination
- Critical Theory
- Literary Theory
- Cognitive Science and Neuroscience
- The Eye’s Mind: a study of the neural basis of visual imagination and its role in culture (PI: Prof Adam Zeman)