About

My name is Greg Hollin and I’m a Wellcome Research Fellow based in the Department of Sociological Sciences at The University of Sheffield. Previously, I’ve been a Wellcome Research Fellow at The University of Leeds and, before that, I was a lecturer in social theory at the same school. Before that I was based in the Institute for Science and Society, University of Nottingham.

I’m interested in the sociology of science and medicine and my work is largely focused around two areas. Primarily, I’ve studied the role of cognitive psychology and neuroscience in emerging diagnoses. Much of my research here has focused upon autism but my current work is examining neurdegenerative disease in the wake of traumatic brain injury. Beyond that, I’m interested in new materialism and more-than-human research. I’ve examined these questions in relation to of the consolidation of Beagles as a breed of choice within laboratories but am also working on other cases.

Education

2010 – 2013     Institute for Science and Society, University of Nottingham

PhD in Science & Technology Studies

Dissertation: “Social Order and Disorder in Autism

 

2007  2008     School of Psychology, University of Birmingham

Master of Research Methods

 

2004 – 2007     School of Psychology, University of Birmingham

Bachelor of Science

Other Publications

Note: The links in the titles are to open access versions of the papers. On some occasions the link is to the CORE repository, on others to the journal page. 

 

JOURNAL ARTICLES

 

Hollin, G. & Giraud, EH. (Online first). Estranged companions: Bed bugs, biologies, and affective histories . Environment and Planning D: Society and Space.

 

Hollin, G. (Online first). Consider the woodpecker: The contested more-than-human ethics of biomimetic technology and traumatic brain injury. Social Studies of Science.

 

Hollin, G. (2021). “Learning to Listen to Them and Ask the Right Questions.” Bennet Omalu, Scientific Objectivities, and the Witnessing of a Concussion Crisis. Frontiers in Sports and Active Living. (Research collection: Concussion and Sport: A Sociocultural Perspective), 3.

 

Hollin, G. (2020). Within a single lifetime: Recent writings on autism. History of the Human Sciences, 33(5), 167-178.

 

Hollin, G. (2020). Making a Murderer: Media renderings of brain injury and Aaron Hernandez as a medical and sporting subject. Social Science and Medicine, 244.

 

Hollin, G. (2019). From the profound to the mundane: Questionnaires as emerging technologies in autism genomics. Science, Technology, and Human Values, 44(4), 634-659.

 

Giraud, E., Hadley Kershaw, E., Helliwell, R., & Hollin, G. (2019). Abundance in the Anthropocene. The Sociological Review, 67(2), 357-373.

 

Hollin, G. & Pearce, W. (2019). Autism scientists’ reflections on the opportunities and challenges of public engagement: A qualitative analysis. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 49 (3), 809-818.

 

·     Hollin, G. & Pilnick, A. (2018). The categorisation of resistance: Interpreting failure to follow a proposed line of action in the diagnosis of autism amongst young adults. Sociology of Health and Illness, 40 (7), 1215-1232. [Joint first authorship.]

 

·      Giraud, E., Hollin, G., Potts, T., & Forsyth, I. (2018). A feminist menagerie. Feminist Review, 118 (1), 61-79.

 

·      Hollin, G. (2017). Failing, hacking, passing: Autism, entanglement and the ethics of transformation. Biosocieties, 12 (4), 611-633.

 

·     Hollin, G., Forsyth, I., Giraud, EHS., & Potts, T. (2017). (Dis)entangling Barad: Materialisms and ethics. Social Studies of Science, 47(6), 918-941.

 

·     Hollin, G & Giraud, EHS. (2017). Charisma and the clinic. Social Theory and Health, 15 (2), 223-240.

 

·     Hollin, G. (2017). Autistic heterogeneity: Linking uncertainties and indeterminacies. Science as Culture, 26 (2), 209-231.

 

·     Hollin, G. (July 2016) Social Studies of Autism. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Chichester. DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0026603

 

·     Giraud, EHS. & Hollin, G. (2016). Care, laboratory beagles, and an affective utopia. Theory, Culture and Society, 33 (4), 27-49. [Joint first authorship.]

 

·     Pearce, W., & Hollin, GJS. (2015). Reply to clarity of meaning in an IPCC press conference. Nature Climate Change, 5, 963. [Joint first authorship.]

 

·   Hollin, GJS. & Pilnick, A. (2015). Infancy, autism, and the emergence of a socially disordered body. Social Science and Medicine, 143, 279-286.

 

·     Hollin, GJS. & Pearce, W. (2015). Tension between scientific certainty and meaning complicates communication of IPCC reports. Nature Climate Change, 5, 753-756. [Joint first authorship.]

 

·    Hollin, GJS. (2014). Constructing a social subject: Autism and human sociality in the 1980s. History of the Human Sciences, 27 (4), 98-115.

 

·     Hollin, GJS. & Larkin, M. (2011). The language and policy of care and parenting: Understanding the uncertainty about key players’ roles in foster care provision. Children and Youth Services Review, 33 (11), 2198-2206.

 

·     Hollin, GJS. & Hollin, CR. (2009). Psychology in its place. Psychology Teaching Review, 15 (1), 55-60.

 

·    Hollin GJS., & Derbyshire SWG. (2009). Cold pressor reduces phobic fear but fear does not reduce pain. The Journal of Pain, 10 (10), 1058-1064.

 

BOOK CHAPTERS

 

·         Hollin, G. & Pilnick, A. (Forthcoming). Title tbc. In: A Witeska-Młynarczyk. Antropologia Psychiatrii Dzieci i Młodzieży: Teksty Wybrane [‘Anthropology of Psychiatry in Children and Adolescents: Selected Texts’]. Warsaw: Oficyna Naukowa. [Polish translation of: Hollin, GJS. & Pilnick, A. (2015). Infancy, autism, and the emergence of a socially disordered body. Social Science and Medicine, 143, 279-286.]

 

·         Giraud, EHS. & Hollin, GJS. (2017). ‘Laboratory Beagles and Affective Co-Productions of Knowledge’. In: M Bastian, O Jones, Moore, N., & E Roe (eds). Participatory Research in More-than-Human Worlds. London: Routledge.

 

BOOK REVIEWS

 

·         Hollin, G. (Forthcoming). Review: Stephen T. Casper; Delia Gavrus (Editors). The History of the Brain and Mind Sciences: Technique, Technology, Therapy. viii + 310 pp., figs., bibl., index. Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2017. £95 (cloth). Isis.

 

·         Hollin, G. (2017). Both maker and writer: Steve Silberman and the history of autism. Biosocieties. (Essay review of: Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and How to Think Smarter about People Who Think Differently, Steve Silberman, Allen & Unwin, 2015, pp.534.), 12 (4), 635-640.

 

·         Hollin, G. (2017). Review: Jennifer S. Singh, Multiple Autisms: spectrums of advocacy and genomic science, Minneapolis and London: University of Minnesota Press. New Genetics and Society, 36 (4), 404-405.

 

·         Hollin, G. (2017). Brave new world: Eugenics, discipline formation, and the biosocial. (Essay review of: Political Biology: Science and Social Values in Human Heredity from Eugenics to Epigenetics, Maurizio Meloni, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, pp.284.), Science as Culture, 26 (3), 413-417.

 

·         Hollin, G. (2017). Review: Andrew Scull, Madness in Civilization: A Cultural History of Insanity from the Bible to Freud, from the Madhouse to Modern Medicine. London: Thames & Hudson. Sociology of Health and Illness, 39 (6), 980-981.

 

·         Giraud, E. & Hollin, G. (2016). Review: Thom van Dooren’s Flight Ways, New York: Columbia. Somatosphere. Available: http://somatosphere.net/2016/06/thom-van-doorens-flight-ways-life-and-loss-at-the-end-of-extinction.html

 

·         Hollin, G & Giraud, E. (2016). Jamie Lorimer, Wildlife in the Anthropocene: Conservation after Nature, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. Theory, Culture & Society. Available: http://www.theoryculturesociety.org/review-of-jamie-lorimers-wildlife-in-the-anthropocene-by-gregory-hollin-and-eva-giraud/

 

·         Hollin, GJS. (2016). To obey and to tell: Review of Foucault, M., 2014. On the Government of Living: Lectures at the Collège de France 1979-1980, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan. History of the Human Sciences, 29 (1), 123-127.

 

·         Hollin, GJS. (2014). Martyn Pickersgill and Ira Van Keulen (eds), Sociological Reflections on the Neurosciences. Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine, 18 (2), 217-219.

 

·         Hollin, GJS (2012). Fight the (Bio)Power. Science as Culture, 21 (4), 566-572. (Essay and reviews of: Biomedicalization: Technoscience, Health and Illness in the U.S.. Edited by Adele E. Clarke, Laura Mamo, Jennifer Ruth Fosket, Jennifer R. Fishman and Janet K. Shim and Becoming Biosubjects: Bodies. Systems. Technologies. Neil Gerlach, Sheryl N. Hamilton, Rebecca Sullivan and Priscilla L. Walton.)

Projects

 

My current project, funded via a Wellcome Trust University Award, explores the relationship between traumatic brain injury and neurodegeneration. There is increasing recognition that brain injuries (as experienced, for example, as a result of sport, military service, physical violence, falls, or car accidents) may result in a number of Alzheimer’s-like dementias. Depicting these dementias as having environmental causes has the potential to change the way scientists and medics classify, diagnosis, and treat these diseases. There may also be new attempts to regulate behaviours understood to cause brain injury by, for example, banning or limiting certain risky practices. This project investigates the social implications of these emerging medical sciences and compares how researchers in three very different disciplines (molecular neuroscience, neuropathology, and sports science) understand the role that the environment plays in dementia.


 

Between 2018 and 2022 I undertook a Research Fellowship in Humanities and Social Science, funded by the Wellcome Trust, and entitled Hard Knock Life: Negotiating Concussion and Dementia in Sport. This project sought to explore the increasing anxiety about the risks associated with concussion suffered during sporting activities. I sought to consider how practitioners understand themselves, their brains, and their conduct given the possibility of brain injury and have done so through ethnographic fieldwork with three sporting communities (American football players, professional wrestlers, age-group soccer players). Further details on this project can be found here.


 

My work on autism has tried to understand how the condition came to be understood (within certain disciplines) as a form of ‘social disorder’ and sought to shown that neuroscience and biomedicine draw upon particular notions of the ‘social’ in order to make that claim. This research has a particular focus upon how autism is mediated through various forms of diagnostic, emerging, and mundane technologies.


 

Finally, and through a number of collaboratory pieces, I’ve sought to explore the social world as something which is ‘more than human’ in its composition. This work has explored laboratory beagles and bed bug epidemics, as well as theoretical work in feminist technoscience.




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Memberships

·         Member of the British Sociological Association

·         Member of the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology

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