Convenors

Associate Professor Axel Fliethmann

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Associate Professor Axel Fliethmann teaches in the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics within the Faculty of Arts at MonashUniversity. He is widely published in the area of media philology, in particular the history of text and image, and in the area of literary theory. His current interests build on his research on Renaissance image theories and will pursue the exploration of the complexities between image technologies and the pathologies of imagination (dementia, furia, melancholia, phrenitia et al) in medical discourse.

Dr Adrian Carter

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Dr Adrian Carter is a Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Neuroethics and Policy Group at the School of Psychological Sciences and Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences, Monash University. His research examines the impact that neuroscience has on understanding and treatment of addiction and other compulsive behaviours. This includes the impact of neuroscience on: our notions of agency, identity and moral responsibility; the use of coercion and the capacity for voluntary control of addictive or compulsive behaviours; and the use of emerging technologies, such as deep brain stimulation and brain imaging, to treat addiction. Dr Carter is currently funded by an ARC Discovery Early Career Award (2014-2017).

Dr Claire Spivakovsky

Dr Claire Spivakovsky is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Monash University. Claire’s research explores how experiences of ‘difference’ are co-constructed by law and medicine, and the implications of this dynamic for individuals, institutions and law reform. She advocates for the reduction and elimination of coercive and restrictive practices in disability and mental health care.

Dr Ella Dilkes-Frayne

Dr Ella Dilkes-Frayne is a Research Fellow in the Neuroethics and Public Policy group at the Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences, School of Psychological Sciences, Monash University. Her research examines the social and spatial contexts of alcohol and other drug consumption drawing on ideas from posthumanism and new materialism. Her recent research has addressed young people’s party drug use in nightlife contexts; personal stories of addiction, dependence and habit for Livesofsubstance.org; and family experiences of online drug counselling.