Blogs

Insecurity Cameras: Nye Thompson, Surveillance Art and the Making of Modern Anxiety

Rhodri Hayward is Reader in the History of Medicine at Queen Mary University of London and a founder member of the Centre for the History of the Emotions. His current research into tidying up, time management, and emotional health is … Continue reading

Posted on: Friday, February 9, 2018 - 11:46

Is ayahuasca tourism ‘cultural appropriation’?

This essay is a personal opinion and may contain misunderstandings of my own. I’d be interested to hear from others with more knowledge and experience of ayahuasca, including indigenous healers or those who work closely with them.  In the last … Continue reading

Posted on: Friday, February 2, 2018 - 12:13

REVIEW. Pain: A Very Short Introduction, by Rob Boddice.

Rob Boddice, Pain: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2017. Reviewed by Javier Moscoso, Research Professor of the History and Philosophy of Science at the Spanish National Research Council in Madrid. He is the author of Pain: A Cultural … Continue reading

Posted on: Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 12:13

The Transpersonal Revolution: meditation, psychedelics, psychosis

One of the main insights of last year, for me, was that meditation and psychedelics are two useful spiritual practices that work well together. Meditation sharpens certain cognitive and emotional tools (concentration, acceptance, compassion) which help one ride the waves … Continue reading

Posted on: Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 04:54

Tiffany Watt Smith’s TED Talk

Dr Tiffany Watt Smith of the QMUL Centre for the History of the Emotions and the Living With Feeling project recently gave a TED talk, asking how the history of emotions can help us think differently about emotional intelligence. The … Continue reading

Posted on: Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 16:21

Fetishizing memories: emotional objects in literature

Paolo Gervasi is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow at Queen Mary University of London, working on a project that analyses as emotional symptoms the presence of caricatures and deformations in literary texts. This is the text of the talk he gave … Continue reading

Posted on: Monday, December 18, 2017 - 13:00

Can psychedelics make you a better person?

Back in the 1960s, many people thought psychedelics would save the world. Professors Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert (now called Ram Dass) of Harvard University had a graph on their office wall, showing how long they thought it would take … Continue reading

Posted on: Friday, December 15, 2017 - 10:16

From Self-Help to CBT: Regulating Emotion in a (Neo)Liberal World

Åsa Jansson is a Junior Research Fellow at Durham University’s Centre for Medical Humanities. Her current research explores the history of hallucinations and delusions in modern medicine, and is carried out in conjunction with Durham’s interdisciplinary project Hearing the Voice. … Continue reading

Posted on: Monday, December 11, 2017 - 15:46