How to Keep Calm in Kolkata

Life can be stressful in Kolkata – the crowds, the poverty, the heat, the constant cacophony of car-horns. And that’s just for me, a pampered western tourist. So how do the locals cope? More to the point, to what extent … Continue reading

Posted on: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 11:00

The ecstatic experience economy

There’s a new book out later this month on the psychology of ecstatic experiences, and why they’re good for us. It’s called Stealing Fire, by two performance coaches, Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal. It might be disconcerting to have another … Continue reading

Posted on: Friday, March 10, 2017 - 10:38

Colonial Anxiety and Vulnerability in British India

This is a guest post by Mark Condos. Mark obtained both his BA and MA at Queen’s University in Canada. In 2013, he received his PhD from the University of Cambridge, where he worked under the supervision of the late Professor … Continue reading

Posted on: Friday, March 3, 2017 - 10:00

No love lost: Antipathy, antagonism and anger in Singles magazine, 1977-1982

This is a guest post by Zoe Strimpel, a third-year doctoral student at the University of Sussex, where she holds the Asa Briggs PhD scholarship in Modern British History. Her thesis explores the relationship between the British matchmaking industry after … Continue reading

Posted on: Monday, February 27, 2017 - 10:17

Meet Our PhD Students: Jane Mackelworth

Jane Mackelworth is a PhD student in the Centre for the History of the Emotions and the Centre for Studies of Home Jane Mackelworth is in the final stages of writing up her PhD thesis: ‘Sapphic Love and Desire in … Continue reading

Posted on: Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 09:48

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

Posted on: Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 16:29

Blog Round-Up November 16 – January 17

In case you’ve missed any blog posts, here’s a round-up from November 16 to January 17 (you can read previous round-ups too). These are listed in chronological order by month of publication. November Music and Emotions Concert – Part 1 by … Continue reading

Posted on: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 11:33

Wellcome Trust University Award Candidate in History of Emotions, Health, and Medicine  

The School of History at Queen Mary University of London seeks to identify an exceptionally strong candidate to sponsor as an applicant for a Wellcome Trust University Award in Humanities and Social Science. The selected individual will be an outstanding … Continue reading

Posted on: Friday, February 17, 2017 - 15:35

Sadness on the Big Screen: London SadFest March 3-5

This is a guest post by Dr Åsa Jansson, an associate member of the Centre for the History of the Emotions. Her research explores the history of “disordered” or “pathological” emotions since the 1800s, and the different ways in which … Continue reading

Posted on: Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 14:42

Medical humanities in India: a field ripe for development

I’m travelling through India for three months. While out here, I’m doing some work exploring emotional health in India, and some of the fascinating intersections that take place between the UK and India in health – from western tourists travelling … Continue reading

Posted on: Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 15:58