September 2020

What is the history of anger a history of?

Thomas Dixon’s article, ‘What is the history of anger a history of?‘, has been published in the latest issue of Emotions: History, Culture, Society. It is available as an open access publication on the Brill website.

August 2020

‘A Short History of Solitude’ BBC Radio 4

Professor Thomas Dixon presents a new three-part radio series, ‘A Short History of Solitude’, which is being broadcast on Monday nights at 8pm on BBC Radio 4. You can catch up on the series on BBC Sounds.

July 2020

The Sound of Anger Wins Two British Podcast Awards

The Sound of Anger was named overall winner of two awards – Smartest Podcast and Best Wellbeing Podcast – at the British Podcast Awards ceremony held virtually on Saturday 11th July.

Judges of the Best Wellbeing Podcast described The Sound of Anger as a ‘focused and in-depth exploration of a familiar and difficult feeling – featuring a strong host, as well as a creative blend of sound, drama, and expert analysis. The experimental approach to this genre of podcast feels both valuable and refreshing.’

May 2020

British Podcast Awards 2020

The Sound of Anger podcast series has been nominated for three awards at the 2020 British Podcast Awards: Best Wellbeing Podcast, The Creativity Award, and Smartest Podcast.

April 2020

Breaking Open: Finding a Way Through Spiritual Emergency

Jules Evans’ latest publication, Breaking Open: Finding a Way Through Spiritual Emergency, co-edited with Tim Reid, is now available from Aeon Press.

Developing Emotions Programme – Available Now

We are delighted to announce that the Developing Emotions programme is now available to download from the ‘schools page’ of the Emotions Lab.


Who Cares? Exhibition Available Online

While the RCN Library and Heritage Centre may be closed, you can still visit the Who Cares? A History of Emotions in Nursing exhibition virtually on the Royal College of Nursing website.

February 2020

Developing Emotions Pilot Programme Launches

The Developing Emotions programme, designed by members of the Living With Feeling team, is now being trialled in eight partner schools in the TKAT multi-academy trust.

You can follow our progress on twitter at @DevelopingEmo

‘The Enigma Emotion’ – Tiffany Watt Smith Lecture for 50th Darwin College Lecture Series

On 14th February 2020, Tiffany Watt Smith gave a talk in the 50th Darwin College Lecture Series entitled
‘The Enigma of Emotion’.
You can see the talk here: and read more about past and future Darwin lectures here:

January 2020

Who Cares? A History of Emotions in Nursing

The Living With Feeling team has partnered with the Royal College of Nursing to create Who Cares? A History of Emotions in Nursing, a public exhibition exploring the emotions associated with nursing and care, which is now open to the public.


‘Schadenfreude and Drag Queens: Improvising Emotional Styles’

On 18th January 2020, Tiffany Watt Smith gave the keynote lecture ‘Schadenfreude and Drag Queens: Improvising Emotional Styles’ in a conference ‘Carving Out a Space for the History of Emotions’, at University College Dublin. You can listen to her lecture as a podcast here:

October 2019

The Sound of Anger

The Sound of Anger is the new Living with Feeling podcast series of features, drama, and debates about all things furious, vengeful, and irate.

Jules Evans’ Book Inspires Performance

Gisèle Vienne has created a time-bending piece of ‘physical philosophy’, partly inspired by Centre for the History of Emotions member, Jules Evans’ book The Art of Losing Control

March 2019

BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Lecture: Feelings, and Feelings, and Feelings

Project PI Professor Thomas Dixon will give the BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Lecture entitled ‘Feelings, and Feelings, and Feelings’, at 22:00 on Friday 29th March at the BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival at the Sage Gateshead.

December 2017

Jules Evans is ‘philosopher guru’

Jules Evans was the resident ‘philosopher guru’ for BBC Radio 4’s recent series ‘My Life As A…’. You can listen to the three episodes he featured in using BBC Iplayer.

October 2017

Signs of Life: Photos

Signs of Life: Puppetry, Emotions, Embodiment and Empathy was a symposium funded by the Leverhulme Trust which took place on Friday 20 October at QMUL. Here you can see some photos of the event. We’ll be posting the video online soon. Watch this space.

David Saunders Wellcome Secondment Fellowship

Project PhD Student, David Saunders, begins his Wellcome Secondment Fellowship at the Science Museum, London this month. The Fellowship will run from October 2017 to April 2018 and will involve working with the papers and objects of the Burden Neurological Institute Collection, with a specific focus on experimental research, gender, and emotion in mid-twentieth-century British neuroscience.

September 2017

The Art of Losing Control by Jules Evans

Jules Evans’ new book The Art of Losing Control: A Philosopher’s Search for Ecstatic Experience was published by Canongate books in April 2017.

July 2017

PhD Studentship on Medicines as Emotional Objects at QMUL

This PhD studentship on medicines as emotional objects is funded by the QMUL Life Sciences initiative and is a collaboration between Dr Deborah Swinglehurst’s NIHR-funded project, ‘Addressing the Polypharmacy Challenge in Older People with Multimorbidity’, and our Wellcome-funded project, ‘Living with Feeling: Emotional Health in History, Philosophy and Experience’. The application deadline is 31 August 2017.

Dissolving the Ego: Jules Evans on Ecstatic Experiences

Read Jules Evans’ article for Aeon magazine, ‘Dissolving the Ego’.

Jules Evans Recommends the Best Books on Ecstatic Experiences

Want to know which are the best books on ecstatic experiences? Read Jules Evans’ interview with Five Books to find out.

June 2017

Jules Evans on BBC Radio 3: Free Thinking

Miss Jules Evans’ excellent contribution to BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking programme on Wednesday 31 May? Never fear, you can listen again on Iplayer.

May 2017

Reviews of Books by Project Members Round Up

In case you missed them, here is a round up of recent reviews of books by members of the ‘Living with Feeling‘ project.

Helen Stark’s Book Chapter Published in Jean-Jacques Rousseau and British Romanticism

Helen Stark’s book chapter ‘”Rousseau’s Ground”: Locating a Refuge for the Libertarian Man of Feeling in Julie, or the New Heloise and Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage‘ was published this week in Jean-Jacques Rousseau and British Romanticism: Gender and Selfhood, Politics and Identity. 

April 2017

Jules Evans on Start the Week

If you missed Jules Evans asking whether art galleries and theatres can really help us come together, lose control and connect with something beyond ourselves on Start the Week on Monday 24 April 2017 you can listen again on the BBC Radio 4 website.

Thomas Dixon discusses Princess Diana, Prince Harry and Stiff Upper Lip on Today programme

If you missed Professor Thomas Dixon discussing Prince Harry, the death of Princess Diana in 1997, and the history of the stiff upper lip on 18 April 2017 then you can listen to his segment on the Today progamme website.

March 2017

Centre for the History of the Emotions Spring 2017 Newsletter

Our latest newsletter is hot off the press…

Rhodri Hayward’s article on Busman’s stomach published in Contemporary British History

Rhodri Hayward’s article on Busman’s stomach, ‘Busman’s stomach and the embodiment of modernity’, has been published in Contemporary British History.

Thomas Dixon responds to psychologist Agnes Moors on emotions

Professor Thomas Dixon is among several emotions researchers from different disciplines offering their responses  to an important new article by the psychologist Agnes Moors in the latest issue of Psychological Inquiry.

January 2017

Funded PhD Studentship on ‘Living with Feeling’ Project

The Centre for the History of the Emotions at Queen Mary University of London invites applications from outstanding post-graduate students wishing to pursue doctoral research into aspects of the histories of emotions and health. The deadline for applications is 31 January 2017

December 2016

Tiffany Watt Smith awarded funding from Leverhulme Trust

Tiffany Watt Smith has been awarded a £15,000 grant from The Leverhulme Trust to support director and designer of puppets Mervyn Millar to work on the project ‘Signs of Life’ at the Centre for nine months.

November 2016

Tiffany Watt Smith gives keynote lecture

On November 15 Tiffany Watt Smith gave the keynote lecture at the Organisationen Danske Museer (Association of Danish Museums) in Vejle, Denmark, on ‘Feeling Things: Material Culture and the History of Emotions’.

The Museum of the Normal at Being Human Festival Launch

On November 17th, researchers from QMUL and UCL took The Museum of the Normal to the Being Human Festival Launch where visitors could enter the ‘land of the abnormal’.

October 2016

Professor Thomas Dixon joins advisory board of Human Mind Project

Professor Thomas Dixon has joined the advisory board of  the Human Mind Project

Publication Arising from Living with Feeling Grant

Elena Carrera’s book chapter ‘Emotions and Mental Illness’ has been published in the collection The Routledge History of Disease.

September 2016

Centre Newsletter

Our Centre Newsletter is hot off the press.

Emma Sutton at RCN

In August Emma Sutton gave a paper at the Royal College of Nursing.

August 2016

‘What is Emotional Health?’ Workshop

‘What is Emotional Health?’ was the launch event of the Living with Feeling grant, held on July 4 2016.