Heather Wolffram

Senior Lecturer in Modern European HistoryHeather Wolffram

Honours Co-ordinator
Karl Popper 513
Internal Phone: 95345

Qualifications & Awards

Research Interests

My current research revolves around the formation and practice of forensic medicine and forensic science in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This research has manifested in two distinct projects the first of which was a Marsden-funded project titled, "Criminal Minds: A History of Forensic Psychology", which explores the interdisciplinary roots of the field. The second project is an exploration of medico-legal practice in British colonies such as Egypt and Ceylon.My doctoral and postdoctoral work was concerned with the history of psychical research and parapsychology in Germany. I have published several papers on aspects of this history and my book The Stepchildren of Science: Psychical Research and Parapsychology in Germany, c. 1870-1939 was released in 2009 as part of Clio Medica: The Wellcome Series in the History of Medicine – Rodopi.

Recent Publications

  • Wolffram H. (2009) The Stepchildren of Science: Psychical Research and Parapsychology in Germany, c. 1870-1939. The Wellcome Series in the History of Medicine Vol 88. Amsterdam & New York: Rodopi. 350pp. http://www.rodopi.nl/senj.asp?BookId=CLIO+88.
  • Wolffram H. (2017) Crime and hypnosis in fin-de-siecle Germany: the Czynski case. Notes and Records of the Royal Society 71(2): 213-226. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsnr.2017.0005.
  • Wolffram HM. (2017) The Criminological Construction of Female Mediumship in Early Twentieth-Century Germany. Preternature 6(2): 337-359.
  • Wolffram HM. and Maehle AH. (2017) History of hypnotism in Europe and the significance of place. Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsnr.2017.0011.
  • Wolffram H. (2015) "God save us from psychologists as expert witnesses": the battle for forensic psychology in early twentieth-century Germany. History of Psychology 18(4): 337-352. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0039799.