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

“Stop Thinking about Death… and Stop Shouting at People”: Psychic Driving at the Museum of the Normal

David Saunders started his PhD in the Centre for the History of the Emotions in October 2016. His research is funded by the Wellcome Trust and intersects with our Living with Feeling grant.     On 24 November 2016, seventy-three individuals … Continue reading

Normativity November: From Tears to Laughter. Normative Emotion and the Man of Feeling.

Helen Stark is a project manager on the ‘Living with Feeling’ grant in the Centre for the History of the Emotions, QMUL. She has a book chapter on the man of feeling forthcoming in the edited collection Jean-Jacques Rousseau and British … Continue reading

Normativity November: Defining the Archaeological Normal

This is a guest post by Stacy Hackner. Stacy is a PhD researcher in bioarchaeology at UCL, investigating the influence of activity on bone shape in ancient Sudan. She also works as a student engager for UCL Museums, focusing on … Continue reading

How the alt-right emerged from men’s self-help

Like a lot of people, I’ve been scrambling to make sense of the Trump victory and what it says about public attitudes in the US and western culture generally. I’ve spent this week researching the alt-right movement and reading some … Continue reading

Normativity November: PSYCHIC DRIVING: Therapy, Mind Control, and Programming the Normal

David Saunders started his PhD in the Centre for the History of the Emotions in October 2016. His research is funded by the Wellcome Trust and intersects with our Living with Feeling grant.     You feel friendly towards people. You … Continue reading

Normativity November: The History of Being Normal

Sarah Chaney is a Project Manager in the Centre for the History of the Emotions at QMUL. She also runs the events and exhibitions programme at the Royal College of Nursing. Her book Psyche on the Skin: A History of Self-Harm is out … 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