Centre for the History of the Emotions

The Queen Mary Centre for the History of the Emotions, launched in November 2008, is the first research centre in the UK dedicated to the history of the emotions. One of its key objectives is to provide a focus for interactions between social and cultural historians of the emotions on the one hand, and historians of science and medicine on the other. It also seeks to contribute both to policy debates and to popular understandings of all aspects of the history of emotions.

The activities of the Centre relate to research themes such as:

  • Theoretical categories: passions, affections, sentiments, feelings, emotions
  • The idea of expression: using the emotional body to read the emotional mind
  • Madness: passions and pathology in medicine and psychiatry
  • Well-being: happiness, public health, and emotions as political objects
  • Difference: how have emotions associated with different races, sexes, and sexual orientations been experienced, categorised, and controlled?
  • Religion: religious practices and regimes of emotion
  • Law: the definition, control, and punishment of passions and emotions

To be added to the History of Emotions email list run by the Centre, please visit the JISCmail homepage for the list to sign up. You can also read the Centre blog.