Dr Miranda Anderson

Lecturer in English

Literature and Languages - Division Stirling

Dr Miranda Anderson

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I completed my MSc and PhD in English Literature at the University of Edinburgh, after several years travelling and working in Europe and Asia, following on from my BA (Hons) in History at University College London. My travel abroad has included several years in Japan, as a Monbukagakusho Research Scholar and as a Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). I was awarded an Early Career Fellowship by the Leverhulme Trust (2011-13) in order to pursue work on a book, The Renaissance Extended Mind, which explores parallels (and contrasts) between recent philosophical theories on the embodied and extended mind and analogous ideas in literary, philosophical, and scientific texts circulating between the fifteenth and early-seventeenth century.

I was an Associate Researcher on The Balzan Project (2012-13), based at St John's College, Oxford, and directed by Prof. Terence Cave. This interdisciplinary project explored the topic of ‘Literature as an Object of Knowledge’ and focused on cognitive approaches to literary studies. I initiated and was a Research Fellow on two AHRC-funded projects at the University of Edinburgh: 'Palimpsest' (2014-15) and 'A History of Distributed Cognition' (2014-18). I was a Nominated Fellow at IASH from March to September 2018. I'm currently leading a project on 'The Art of Distributed Cognition' (2019-20).

In 2017 I was appointed Regional Director for Scotland of the JSPS Alumni Association and was a participant in Scottish Crucible. In 2018 I was elected to the Royal Society of Edinburgh's Young Academy of Scotland and in 2019 I was appointed lead of their strategic theme 'Smarter'. I am an Honorary Fellow in History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh. Some previous publications are available here: https://bit.ly/2xU7I5Z