Who this event is for
Everyone. The event is free but there are limited numbers.
The Picture Gallery, Founders Building, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham Campus.
The Picture gallery is a stunning venue as well as an irreplaceable object of study in its own right it houses a world-famous collection of Victorian art. On the day Queen Victoria came to open the College she wrote in her diary that ‘Royal Holloway had fine specimens of modern art’.
Living With Feeling in the Nineteenth-Century
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About the speakers
In 2015 the Centre for the History of the Emotions was awarded a grant of £1.6m by the Wellcome Trust for a five-year inter-disciplinary research project entitled ‘Living With Feeling: Emotional Health in History, Philosophy, and Experience’. You can find out more on the project website.
The project, one of the first to receive a Wellcome Trust Humanities and Social Science Collaborative Award, will connect the history and philosophy of medicine and emotions with contemporary science, medical practice, phenomenology, and public policy, exploring the many varied and overlapping meanings of emotional health, past and present.
Thomas Dixon is a historian of emotions, philosophy, science, and religion at Queen Mary University of London, where he directs the Centre for the History of the Emotions. A regular contributor to radio and television programmes as an academic consultant, interviewee, and presenter, he was the consultant for Ian Hislop's Stiff Upper Lip: An Emotional History of Britain, a three-part BBC Two series in 2012. The author of several books and numerous articles on the history of ideas, in 2008 he was awarded the Dingle Prize (for the best book on the history of science accessible to a wide readership) for his Science and Religion: A Very Short Introduction, also published by Oxford University Press. In 2014, he wrote and presented a fifteen-part series, Five Hundred Years of Friendship, for BBC Radio 4.
Tiffany Watt Smith
Dr. Tiffany Watt Smith is a research fellow at the QMUL Centre for the History of the Emotions, and was also a 2014 BBC New Generation Thinker. Before choosing to pursue a path in academic research and writing, Dr. Watt Smith worked as a theater director for seven years, including stints as Associate director at the Arcola Theatre and International Associate Director at the Royal Court.
Sarah completed her PhD at UCL in 2013, focusing on self-inflicted injury in late nineteenth-century British asylum psychiatry. Her background is in museums and public engagement. She is a part-time project manager (public engagement) on the 'Living with Feeling' project, and I also run the events and exhibitions programme at the Royal College of Nursing.
Jennifer is currently Lecturer in Cultural and Intellectual History at Queen Mary, University of London, where she teaches modules on British history and Victorian values, the history of psychiatry, and the history of the supernatural. Her main research interests are in the history of medicine and psychiatry and her first monograph, Investigating the Body in the Victorian Asylum, is scheduled for publication with Palgrave in 2017. At present she is working on a second book on the history of resuscitation from the nineteenth century to the present, which explores relationships between individuals, technologies, and spaces.