Our Team

Manon Parry

Dr. Manon Parry is an academic researcher and exhibition curator. She is Professor of Medical History at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, and Senior Lecturer in American Studies and Public History at the University of Amsterdam. Her interests include the medical and health humanities, bioart and design, disability studies, museums and monuments, and digital public history. She has developed exhibitions on a wide range of topics, including global health and human rights, disability in the American Civil War, and medicinal and recreational drug use, with project budgets ranging from $14,500 to $3 million. Her traveling exhibitions have visited more than 300 venues across Argentina, Canada, Germany, Guam, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States, and several remain on tour through 2021.

Moosje Goosen

Moosje is a writer and PhD candidate at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, University of Amsterdam. Her academic research is based in an interest in medical case histories and offers a close reading of ‘The Case of George Dedlow’ (1866), a fictitious medical case written by the Philadelphian physician Silas Weir Mitchell, in which a Civil War veteran is reunited with the ghosts of his amputated legs. The story resulted in Mitchell’s introduction of the medical term ‘phantom limb’, still in use today. Her research and interest into ‘body writing’ has extended into autobiographical writing after a period of serious illness and a double lung transplant in 2017. Moosje has edited and written for various art publications such as FriezeMetropolis M, and Ixiptla.

Bastiaan Schoolmann

Bastiaan is a Junior Researcher at the VU University Amsterdam, interested in the history of mental health care. This research builds on the interests he developed during MA research, on the historiography of public health and the representation of psychiatry in the Soviet Union by human right advocates. His thesis explores the transnational network of mental hygiene advocates and policymakers. He also organised a multidisciplinary course at the history department at the University of Amsterdam during his degree, as well as serving as chief editor of Skript, a historical quarterly journal. He is currently organising the archives of Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde (NTvG), the oldest medical journal in The Netherlands and also the oldest Dutch journal still in print.