Anne Karpf


Anne Karpf  

Anne Karpf is Reader in Professional Writing and Cultural Inquiry. A writer, sociologist and award-winning journalist, she writes regularly on social, political and cultural issues for the Guardian and the Independent on Sunday among other publications, and is a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio. 

Her books include Doctoring The Media: The Reporting of Health And Medicine (Routledge) and The Human Voice: The Story of a Remarkable Talent (Bloomsbury), which was also published in the United States, and translated into German, Japanese and French. She co-edited A Time to Speak Out: Independent Jewish Voices on Israel, Zionism and Jewish Identity (Verso). Her new book, How to Age, was published by Pan Macmillan in 2014. Picador will bring out an American edition in 2015; over the coming year foreign editions will also be published in China, Brazil and Romania.

Anne teaches and supervises across a wide range of modules at London Met, both undergraduate and postgraduate, including feature journalism, creative writing, research methods and media and communications.

With Professor Jenny Harding she is coordinator of the University's Centre for Research into Media, Identity and Culture (MiC). She also supervises PhD candidates, and is part of the RSPG, the academic committee that reviews PhDs in progress from across the School.

Anne's research interests include the human voice, Holocaust studies, Jewish identity, psychoanalysis, gender, representations of health and medicine, practices and ideologies of writing, and ageing.

Recent book chapters

"The cancer memoir: in search of a writing cure?" in The Topic of Cancer: New Perspectives on the Emotional Experience of Cancer, ed. Jonathan Burke, (London: Karnac Books, 2013

"Chain of Testimony: the Holocaust Researcher as Surrogate Witness" in Nicholas Chare and Dominic Williams, eds., Representing Auschwitz: At the Margins of Testimony (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013)

"C'est Bien Une Femme Qui Parle": Du Préjuge A L'Androgynie. La Voix Dans La Sphère Publique", in Anne-Marie Bernon-Gerth et al (eds), Les Médias à l'Epreuve du Réel, Michel Houdiard Editeur, 2012.

Recent academic journal papers

"Constructing and Addressing the 'Ordinary Devoted Mother'": Donald Winnicott's BBC broadcasts, 1943-62, History Workshop Journal, issue 78, autumn 2014

"The human voice and the texture of experience", Oral History, autumn 2014, volume 42, issue 2

"The pleasure of immersion: Some thoughts on how the Singing Detective sustains narrative", Journal of Screenwriting, vol. 4, issue 3, August 2013

"The Sound of Home? Some Thoughts on How the Radio Voice Anchors, Contains and Sometimes Pierces", The Radio Journal, Vol. 11, No 1, April 2013

Email: a.karpf@londonmet.ac.uk