A Night at the Museum with the Carnival of Lost Emotions

Eleanor Betts is a PhD candidate in the School of History at Queen Mary, University of London, researching Victorian responses to children who killed. Eleanor also writes a National Trust blog about the lives of servants in Ickworth House in … Continue reading

Love, Pain, Ecstasy, and Murder: An Emotional Christmas

As 2013 draws to a close, here is a festive offering from the History of Emotions Blog – our twelve most read new posts of 2013 . We wish our readers a happy and restful holiday season, filled with love, … Continue reading

Emotional Objects: Conference Report

Dr Sally Holloway recently completed her PhD on the material culture of romantic love in eighteenth-century England at Royal Holloway, University of London. She was one of the organisers of a recent conference about emotional objects, on which she reports … Continue reading

Can governments cultivate love in their citizens?

Should liberal governments try to cultivate certain emotional states in their citizens? This is the interesting contention of the latest book from Martha C. Nussbaum, the leading philosopher of the emotions. In Political Emotions: Why Love Matters for Justice, Nussbaum … Continue reading

Disturbing Practices

Laura Doan, Disturbing Practices: History, Sexuality and Women’s Experience of Modern War, Chicago & London: University of Chicago Press, 2013. Reviewed by Jane Mackelworth ‘The problem for the historian of sexuality is how to explore the sexual past, even the … Continue reading