Mental illness: challenging the stigma around India’s big secret

Last week I was at a panel on mental health in India, at a conference in Goa organized by UCL. The speaker – Ratnaboli Ray, who runs a mental health NGO called Anjali in West Bengal – asked for anyone in … Continue reading

History of Emotions Blog Round-Up: July-October 2016

After the summer lull, the start of term is always a busy time. In case you’ve missed any blog posts, here’s our second round-up of 2016 (the first was in July). These are listed in chronological order by month of … Continue reading

‘What is Emotional Health?’ workshop summary

This is a post by Helen Stark. Helen is a Project Manager in the Centre for the History of the Emotions.       The ‘What is Emotional Health?’ workshop ran on the afternoon of July 4 and brought together … Continue reading

‘What is Emotional Health?’ workshop launches Living with Feeling project at Queen Mary

Evelien Lemmens is a PhD candidate on the ‘Living with Feeling’ project, starting at Queen Mary University of London in September 2016. Her research will focus on the relationship between diet, digestion and emotional health in Britain and the Netherlands … Continue reading

Victorian Emotions: BAVS Talks 2016 (VIDEO)

On 10 May 2016, the British Association of Victorian Studies (BAVS) hosted and filmed four short talks by Victorianists. All four talks are now available to watch on YouTube (and below) and all of them hold potential interest for historians of … Continue reading

The Paradox of Objectivity: New Perspectives in Mental Health History

A number of conferences, workshops and events in recent months have considered mental health history from various perspectives, beyond the standard history of psychiatry. At the annual British Psychological Society History and Philosophy of Psychology Section Conference (this year in … Continue reading

John Clare’s Address to Health

This is a guest post by Erin Lafford and the fourth, and final, in this week’s ‘Romantic Voices’ series. Erin is a final-year DPhil student (AHRC funded) at the University of Oxford, writing a thesis on ‘Forms of Health in John Clare’s Poetics’.  Her … Continue reading

The Monstrous Vegan

This is a guest post by Emelia Quinn and the third in this week’s ‘Romantic Voices’ series. Emelia is a Wolfson Foundation DPhil student in the English Faculty at the University of Oxford. Her thesis aims to both establish a ‘vegan’ mode of … Continue reading