The Huntington Library and the Value of International Research Communities

Emily Vine

In an increasingly insular world, is it more important than ever to create international research communities? Doctoral Candidate Emily Vine reflects on her experiences as an AHRC International Placement Scheme Fellow at The Huntington Library in southern California.

Rape on the Small Screen

Jennifer Wallis

Like Game of Thrones and American Horror Story before it, ITV’s Broadchurch has recently re-ignited a debate about depictions of rape on the small screen.  But while we often imagine that television has only recently been able to tackle this kind of complex and challenging subject-matter, in fact it has a long history.  Jennifer Wallis explores the origins of small-screen depictions of rape during the golden age of the American made-for-TV movie.

Man Up – The Victorian Origins of Toxic Masculinity

Josephine Jobbins

QMUL History student Josephine Jobbins traces the origins of toxic models of masculinity today back to nineteenth-century ideals of what it meant to be a man. Victorian public school boys were strong, stoical and athletic - ready to die for their country, but not to talk about their feelings.

Jeremy Corbyn is Angry. Or is he?

Thomas Dixon

Jeremy Corbyn launched the Labour campaign for the 2017 UK General Election this week by saying that he - like millions of voters - was angry. But what does it mean when politicians claim to be angry? Thomas Dixon, Director of the QMUL Centre for the History of the Emotions, offers some possible answers.

The Ghost of General de Gaulle

Julian Jackson

As their presidential election of 2017 nears its conclusion, the French people still live in the long shadow of General de Gaulle. Julian Jackson asks whether Emmanuel Macron might be the man to help them escape it.

The history of self-harm: An interview with Sarah Chaney

Sarah Chaney

Self-harm was first categorised in the late Victorian era, but definitions have changed many times over the years. In this interview about her new book, Psyche on the Skin: A History of Self-harm (2017), Sarah Chaney tells The Historian what we can learn about psychiatric categories today from the history of self-inflicted injury.

Take Five With: Paolo Gervasi

Paolo Gervasi

In the first of our Take Five series of interviews with historians at QMUL, we meet Marie Curie Research Fellow Dr Paolo Gervasi.

Stepping away from the screen? Technology and the occult

Ronnie Woods

Was the original ‘photobomb’ in fact a ghostly spirit and not an overeager tourist? QMUL undergraduate student Ronnie Woods explores the nineteenth–century relationship between photography and phantasmagoria.