Melissa Dickson

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

St Anne's College University of Oxford

Melissa Dickson obtained a BA with first class honours, MPhil, and University Medal from the University of Queensland, Australia, and then completed her PhD at King’s College, London in 2013. She came to Oxford in March 2014 as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant on the ERC funded Diseases of Modern Life: Nineteenth-Century Perspectives, a five-year, interdisciplinary research project based at St Anne’s College. Her work on this project focuses upon those diseases, anxieties, and pathologies derived from the Victorian soundscape and new understandings of the auditory experience. She is interested both in the effects of sound upon the mind and the literary and cultural imagination, and in the use of controlled sounds, silence, and music as counters to an increasingly problematic urban cacophony.