Upcoming Events

Thursday 4th April, 2024

12:30-14:00 (lunch provided), Geography 126

Pedagogy, Psychotherapy and Creative Practice in Twentieth-Century France: Comparative Perspectives


Please join us for an exciting event co-hosted by the QMUL Comparative Literature and Modern Languages Research Seminar and The Centre for the History of Emotions


Geography 126, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS (see map here).


All are very welcome! For catering purposes, please register for the event here:


Encompassing discussion of figures whose trajectories traversed the domains of psychiatry, pedagogy and the arts in twentieth-century France — including Jean Dubuffet, Élise and Célestin Freinet, François Tosquelles and Frantz Fanon — the two papers will explore how interactions across these fields generated new conceptions of creative expression and collective life.


By delineating the historical, political and aesthetic circumstances that determined these exchanges between education, psychotherapy and the arts, the session invites discussion around disciplinary innovation in the contemporary moment.


Professor Jean Duffy ‘From psychiatrist to pedagogue, patient to pupil: Jean Dubuffet’s catalytic encounters with theory and practice’  (The University of Edinburgh)


Dr Richard Mason ‘Traits d’union: institutional psychotherapy, emancipatory pedagogy and the collective stakes of learning to read and write’ (Queen Mary University London)


Chaired by Professor Kiera Vaclavik, Director of the Centre for Childhood Cultures (QMUL)


Jean Duffy is Emeritus Professor of French at the University of Edinburgh. She has published widely on the nouveau roman, on the relationship between literature and the visual arts, and on ritual, image, and artefact in contemporary French fiction. Her most recent book, Perceiving Dubuffet: Art, Embodiment, and the Viewer (2021), contextualizes Jean Dubuffet’s work within contemporary developments in phenomenology and examines the central role played by questions relating to embodiment in the evolution of his aesthetic thinking and artistic practice. She is currently preparing a second monograph on Dubuffet which will focus on his creative writings.


Richard Mason is Lecturer in Comparative Literature at Queen Mary University London. His research looks at conceptual exchanges between the domains of literature and education, primarily in French and francophone contexts. He is currently working on two projects: one on the relationship between learning to read and write and institutional and collective life in twentieth-century France; the second on the status of ‘education’ in Marcel Proust’s A la recherche du temps perdu. Recently he has co-edited, with Kasia Mika, a special issue of the critical theory journal Paragraph, entitled Difficulty’s Knots: Disturbance, Untimeliness, Risk (March 2024), which looks at conceptions of difficulty across education and the arts and humanities.

Past Events

Thursday 15th February, 2024

online: 6-7.30pm/ in person: 6-8.30pm (including reception) , Arts Two Lecture Theatre, Queen Mary University of London Mile End Road London E1 4NS

Annual Lecture: Thomas Dixon, ‘From Passions to Emojis: Looking Back on Twenty Years in the History of Emotions’

We are delighted that Prof. Thomas Dixon will be returning to QMUL to give the Centre for the History of Emotions Annual Lecture for 2024 on Thursday 15 February at 6pm, at the Arts Two Lecture Theatre (see map here) and online.


Thomas Dixon was one of the founding members of the Queen Mary Centre for the History of Emotions, and its first Director from 2008 to 2017. His books include From Passions to Emotions (2003), Weeping Britannia (2015) and The History of Emotions: A Very Short Introduction (2023). Thomas left QMUL in 2023 to pursue a new career, and in this lecture he looks back on his time as a historian of emotions, offering thoughts on his own contributions to the histories of passions, tears, anger, love, friendship, and insect emotions – and also on the ways that the QM Centre for the History of Emotions has connected with the wider world through its audio productions, its work with schools, and the “lost emotions machine”. Finally, Thomas will discuss what the difference is between passions and emojis, why it matters, and what the future might hold for the history of emotions.


The lecture will be a celebration of Prof. Dixon’s invaluable legacy to Queen Mary, to the Centre for the History of the Emotions we founded in 2008, and to the steadily growing community of scholars working on the philosophy, science and history of emotions. You can choose to attend:


In person: 6-8.30pm (including Q&A and reception), Arts Two Lecture Theatre, Queen Mary University of London Mile End Road London E1 4NS (see map here). Doors at 5.45pm. The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception in the Arts Two Foyer at 7.30pm.


ONLINE option, via zoom, 6-7.30pm (with Q&A). You will be sent the details via Eventbrite (if you choose the online option), but you should just be able to click the link below and join once the webinar starts (no passcode and no verification are required):

Webinar ID: 823 3731 4439


   If you wish to attend, please ensure you get the correct ticket when you register on  Eventbrite (now updated with both in-person and online options). If you have already registered through Eventbrite to attend in person but can no longer do so, please cancel your in-person (or general admission) ticket on on  Eventbrite. If you wish to attend online, please ensure you choose the online ticket option.


A recording of the lecture will be posted on the Centre for the History of Emotions webpage in due course.

Please contact with any queries.



Thursday 14th December, 2023

5-6:15pm, QMUL, Arts One 1.36

‘Nostalgia in Post-Partition India and Pakistan’: Discussion with Razak Khan at QMUL, 14 December, 5-6.15pm


The Centre for the History of the Emotions at Queen Mary University of London is pleased to welcome you for a discussion with Razak Khan on Nostalgia in Post-Partition India and Pakistan, based on his recent book Minority Pasts: Locality, Emotions, and Belonging in Princely Rampur (Oxford University Press, 2022), on 14 December 2023 at 5-6.15pm at QMUL, Arts One 1.36


Razak Khan is a Research Fellow in History at the University of Göttingen.


Participants are encouraged to read Chapter 5 ahead of the discussion. For a PDF, please contact

Tuesday 21st November, 2023

3-4.30pm, Arts One 1.27, Queen Mary University of London (Mile End campus)

The Connections between Passions, Virtues and Dependence: Republican Echoes on the Insular Margins of the Spanish Monarchy, 1600-1800

Research-in-progress seminar with precirculated paper

by Nira Santana Montañez (Instituto de Análisis y Aplicaciones Textuales, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)

and Víctor García Alemán (Instituto de Filosofía, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas)


Thursday 14th September, 2023

5.30pm, Hybrid Event: Online / Perrin Lecture Theatre, Whitechapel Campus, London E1 2AT, UK

‘What is the vision for the future of medical education… AI of course! That’s Affective Intelligence’ Inaugural Lecture of Professor Arunthathi Mahendran

Inaugural Lecture of Professor Arunthathi Mahendran
Event organized by the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London

Date: Thu, 14 September 2023
Time: 5.30pm
Location: Hybrid Event | Online | Perrin Lecture Theatre, Whitechapel Campus, London E1 2AT, United Kingdom
Registration: Eventbrite

Please note that this is a hybrid event with an option to attend in person or join online.
5.30pm – Event starts, Introduction of Professor Arunthathi Mahendran
5.35pm – What is the vision for the future of medical education… AI of course! That’s Affective Intelligence’
6:20pm – Reception

Wednesday 19th May, 2021

17:00 BST (note change of time), via Zoom

Dr Deborah Gould (University of California) Passions & Danger in Trump’s Time and After

Through an exploration of crowds, affect, and the political, Deborah Gould's talk considers left activist compositional tasks amid the felt contingency of the current moment.

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Wednesday 5th May, 2021


Dr Karen Engle (University of Windsor, Canada) and Dr Yoke-Sum Wong (Alberta University of the Arts, Canada), Thinking About Feeling

Dr Karen Engle and Dr Yoke-Sum Wong discuss their recent book project, Feelings of Structure: Explorations in Affect and their project and exhibition, Structures of Anticipation

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Wednesday 7th April, 2021

13:00 BST, via Zoom

Dr Nida Kirmani (Lahore University) Playing at the Boundary

Dr Nida Kirmani (Lahore University) discusses a short documentary about fun and feminism in Karachi.

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Wednesday 24th March, 2021

13:00-14:00, Zoom (registration required)

Urban Avalanche: Crowds, Cities and Financial Markets (Crowds, Affects, Cities Seminar Series)

Professor Christian Borch, 'Urban Avalanche: Crowds, Cities and Financial Markets'
Wednesday 24th March, 1pm Zoom.

To register your interest, please contact one of the convenors: Tiffany Watt Smith (, Regan Koch (, and Pen Woods ( and we’ll send you the Zoom link.

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Wednesday 10th March, 2021

13:00-14:00, Zoom (registration required)

The Crowd and Covid-19 (Crowds, Affects, Cities Seminar Series)

Prof Colin McFarlane, Department of Geography, University of Durham.

Wednesday 10th March 1pm, Zoom

To register your interest, please contact one of the convenors: Tiffany Watt Smith (, Regan Koch (, and Pen Woods (

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