Emotions, Health, and Wellbeing



SSHM Conference 2012: Emotions, Health, and Wellbeing

In conjunction with QMUL’s Centre for the History of the Emotions

Queen Mary, University of London, 10–12 September 2012



Monday 10 September


9.00       Registration


9.30       Plenary lecture

Joanna Bourke (Birkbeck University of London)

[Title to be confirmed]


10.45     Coffee


11.00     Panel sessions


Medieval England

Katherine Harvey (King’s College London)

Episcopal emotions: weeping in the life of the medieval bishop

Rebecca McNamara (University of Sydney)

Fever, madness, anguish: suicide and the emotions in thirteenth-century English legal records

Ioana Balgradean (University of Geneva)

Corporeity, emotion, and medieval poetics


Fiction and Philosophy

Lina Minou (Loughborough University)

Envy as pathology and eighteenth-century fiction

Neil MacFarlane (Birkbeck College)

Phrenology, mesmerism, and the reptilian personality in Little Dorrit

Demelza Hookway (University of Exeter)

John Stuart Mill and the ‘perfect disease’ of sensitiveness


Managing the Emotions in the History of Nursing

Julie Anderson (University of Kent)

‘Suited to Nurse Officers and Men’: character, emotion, and disability in the First World War

Rosemary Wall (Imperial College London)

Marriages made in Empire: a motivation, recruitment strategy, and retention problem for nursing in the British Empire

Natasha McEnroe (The Florence Nightingale Museum)

From personality to profession: emotions running high in the Florence Nightingale Museum


Managing Emotions through Chemistry: Psychoactive Drugs since 1945

Matthew Smith (University of Strathclyde)

From energising ‘oldsters’ to calming children: Ritalin and the marketing of mental illness

Alison Haggett (University of Exeter)

‘Father’s little helper’: the pharmacological treatment of anxiety and depression in post-war men



Children and Cancer

Robin Rohrer (Seton Hill University)

Emotion and the childhood cancer journey in the United States, 1930 to the present

Clare Parker (University of Adelaide)

                The innocent child: initial responses to the thalidomide tragedy

Carsten Timmermann (University of Manchester)

‘Just give me the best quality of life questionnaire’: measuring the unmeasurable in cancer chemotherapy


12.30     Lunch


1.30       Panel sessions


Music and Emotion

Penelope Gouk (University of Manchester)

‘One of the greatest pleasures on earth’: music and wellbeing in the Enlightenment

Wiebke Thormählen (University of Southampton)

Lamenting at the piano: domestic music-making, wellbeing and mental health in eighteenth-century Britain

James Kennaway (Durham University)

Animal spirits, tubes and vibrating chords: models of nervous function and theories of music and emotion in eighteenth-century aesthetics and medicine


Hospital Settings

Matthew Newsom Kerr (Santa Clara University)

Public sphere, public’s fear: London isolation hospitals and the local politics of resistance, 1870–1900

Michael Brown (University of Roehampton)

A theatre of emotions: compassion and dispassion in early nineteenth-century surgery

Jon Arrizabalaga (Spanish National Research Council, Barcelona) and Guillermo Sánchez-Martínez (Navarra Public University)

Caring for wounded soldiers’ emotional wellbeing: humanitarian relief in the Spanish Second Carlist War (1872–76)


Wellbeing in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

Janet Greenlees (Glasgow Caledonian University)

To provide ‘social services irrespective of class, creed or colour’: the Church of Scotland and the politics of wellbeing, c.1900–70

Petteri Pietikainen (University of Oulu)

From politicization to individualization of wellbeing in Finland, c.1970–2000

Annelie Drakman (Uppsala University)

Swedish provincial doctors’ reports of emotional hindrances for improving the peasantry’s health in the nineteenth century


Feeling Female

Katherine Angel (University of Warwick)

Post-feminist ontologies? Female sexual dysfunction, 1960–present

Lesley Hall (Wellcome Library)

‘Sentimental follies’ or ‘instruments of tremendous uplift’? Contrasting views of women’s same-sex relationships in interwar Britain

Martha Kirby (University of Glasgow)

Feeling fat: medical treatment of obesity and feminist cultural theory, 1945–90


Affect: The Ghost in the Machine

Matei Iagher (University College London)

‘The Emperor’s New Clothes?’: Pathologies of religious affect in the French psychology of religion (1901–38)

Sarah Chaney (University College London)

On the borderland: affect and attention-seeking in hysterical malingering

Andreas Sommer (University College London)

Exorcising the ghost from the machine: affect, emotion, and the enlightened naturalization of the ‘poltergeist’

Sarah Marks (University College London)

‘The Golem made real’: cybernetics, automatic machines and the reinterpretation of affect in Cold War Czechoslovakia


3.00       Tea


3.30       Panel sessions


Medieval Passions

Paola Baseotto (Insubria University)

Plague epidemics and emotion in early modern England

Kirsi Kanerva (University of Turku)

Bodily disturbances: emotion and disease in medieval Iceland

Fernando Salmón (University of Cantabria)

Joy as a therapeutic asset in medieval medicine


Medical Training and Practice

Tricia Close-Koenig (University of Strasbourg)

Supply and demand. The economic history of a medical school pathological anatomy laboratory

Sejal Patel (National Institute of Health)

Social cohesion and social support: comprehensive medicine and the re-formulation of general practice in the United States, 1950 to 1970

Laura Kelly (National University of Ireland, Galway)

Fear in the dissecting room: anatomy dissections and student experience at Irish universities in the early twentieth century


The Boundaries of the Family: Emotions and Wellbeing in Post-War Britain

Angela Davis (University of Warwick)

Promoting physical health and emotional wellbeing: childcare practice in local health authority day nurseries after World War Two

Laura King (University of Warwick)

Falling in love at first sight: masculinity, fatherhood, and childbirth in Britain in the post-war period

Claire Sewell (University of Warwick)

‘Schizophrenia has a “shattering effect” on families’: the emotional responses of familial carers of schizophrenia in post-war Britain


Locating Emotions in the Body: Transnational Perspectives on the Treatment of Emotional Disorders in East Asian Medicine

Volker Scheid (University of Westminster)

Depression, constraint, and the liver: (dis)assembling the treatment of emotion-related disorders in Chinese medicine

Keiko Daidoji (University of Keio)

Are emotions tangible? The conceptual and therapeutic transformation of emotion-related disorders in Japanese Kampo medicine

Eric Karchmer (University of Westminster)

The excitations and suppressions of the times: locating emotional disorders in the liver in modern Chinese medicine

Soyoung Suh (Dartmouth College)

Korean doctors between hwa-byung (fire-illness) and depression, 1930–2010



7.00       Reception at the Wellcome Library, London



Tuesday 11 September


9.00       Panel sessions


Early Modern Passions I

Lauren Johnson (Past Pleasures Ltd.)

‘Mirth is one of the chiefest things of Physick’: the importance of laughter to the health of Henry VIII’s court

Hanako Endo (Jissen Women’s University)

Bloodletting and the control of passion in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar

Susan Mills (Grant MacEwan University)

‘A fever caused by sadness’: a ‘mechanist’s’ psychosomatic medicine in the 1643–49 correspondence between René Descartes and Princess Elisabeth



Graeme Gooday (University of Leeds) and Karen Sayer (Leeds Trinity University College)

                ‘Out in the cold’: hearing loss, technology, and the politics of wellbeing

Emily Andrews (University of Warwick)

‘Freed from thraldom to passion’: emotion and old age nineteenth-century Britain

Paul van Trigt (VU University Amsterdam)

Normal or exceptional? The emotional and sensitive blind in modern history


Military Emotions

Kellen Kurschinski (McMaster University)

Restoring body and mind: managing the emotions of disabled Canadian soldiers through occupational therapy and physical rehabilitation, 1914–23

Edgar Jones (King’s College London)

The mystery of medically unexplained symptoms: the soldier’s body as proxy for distress

Niklaus Ingold (University of Zurich)

Light showers in the dark: UV radiation, physical culture, and the wellbeing of the Wehrmacht in the Norwegian Arctic during World War Two



Emergent Psychiatric Categories

Chris Millard (Queen Mary, University of London)

                ‘Stress’, ‘distress’, and suicide attempts: 1960s psychiatry and an emotional continuum

Felicity Callard (Durham University)

From agoraphobia to panic disorder: disputes over anxiety in Anglo-American psychiatry from the 1960s to the 1980s

Emilia Musumeci (University of Catania)

Lacking in empathy: from morally insane to psychopath


Fertility and Motherhood

Barbara Brookes (University of Otago)

Managing parental emotions: disability in the new born

Gayle Davis (University of Edinburgh)

Desperately seeking motherhood: medical responses to the infertile patient in mid twentieth-century Scotland

Julianne Weis (University of Oxford)

Maternal wellbeing: conflicted origins of labour pain


10.30     Coffee


11.00     Plenary lecture

William Reddy (Duke University)

Striving to feel: the centrality of effort in the history of emotions


12.15     Lunch


1.30       Panel sessions


Early Modern Passions II

Elena Carrera (Queen Mary, University of London)

Provoking anger to restore health: medieval and Renaissance medical views

Tessa Storey (Royal Holloway, University of London)

‘It is the duty of the diligent doctor to investigate just how deeply this passion has penetrated his soul’: managing melancholy in late sixteenth-century Rome

Marlen Bidwell-Steiner (University of Vienna)

Bespoke Spanish passions in the early modern period


Death and Grief: Ireland, 1641–1936

Clodagh Tait (Mary Immaculate College)

‘Whereat his wife tooke great greef & died’: dying of sorrow and anger in seventeenth-century Ireland

David Butler (University of Limerick)

Memorialising the Irish abroad: obituaries in nineteenth-century Irish newspapers

Ciara Breathnach (University of Limerick) and Eunan O’Halpin (Trinity College Dublin)

Concealing pain: evidence from coroners’ report of the infant dead, 1919–36


Psychiatry and Patients

Vicky Long (Glasgow Caledonian University)

                Resettling the long-stay patient into social life: psychiatric rehabilitation in post-war Britain

Jennifer Walke (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)

He’s not the Messiah? Diagnosing the therapeutic community

Hazel Morrison (University of Glasgow)

Moral imbecility and patient narratives within the confines of 1920s Gartnavel (Glasgow Royal Mental Hospital)



Rosa García-Orellán (Navarra Public University)

From ‘death foretold’ to ‘death unspoken’

Kathryn Ecclestone (University of Birmingham)

Psychologising the ‘vulnerable’ human subject? Shifts and continuities in political discourses of human behaviour change and emotional wellbeing

Adrian Howe (Queen Mary, University of London)

Othello and his syndrome


Picturing Emotion

Elena Bonesi (University of Bologna)

Plague in art: some notes on the iconography of the sick body

Susanna Ferlito (University of Minnesota)

Photographing female resentment: Countess Virginia Verasis di Castiglione’s clinical gaze

Anja Laukötter (Max Planck Institute for Human Development)

The politics of emotions in the medium of film


3.00       Tea


3.30       Panel sessions


Emotional Behaviours

Hannah Newton (University of Cambridge)

‘Like rogues out of gaol’: spiritual responses to recovery from illness in early modern England

Lindsey Fitzharris (Queen Mary, University of London)

Cutting through the fear: the criminal dissected, 1751–1832

Catherine Marshall (University of Sheffield)

Emotion and verbally abusive behaviour in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England


Emotions as Collective Experiences

Nike Fakiner (Spanish National Research Council, Madrid)

Morality and the obscene effects of Zeiller’s anatomical models in the context of their public display

Fanny Brotons (Spanish National Research Council, Madrid)

Shame, guilt and hope(lessness) in Spanish cancer sufferers from the second half of the nineteenth century

Juan Manuel Zaragoza (independent scholar)

Love, guilt, and resentment: marriage, illness, and the disturbing experience of care (1890–1910)


Public Health and the Management of Fear

Patricia Marsh (Queen’s University, Belfast)

Belfast’s own ‘Typhoid Mary’: the control of healthy typhoid ‘carriers’ in Belfast

Mark Honigsbaum (Zurich University)

‘A sense of dread is very general’: the First World War, the ‘Spanish’ flu, and the Northcliffe press

Alexia Moncrieff (University of Adelaide)

Disease and emotion in the Australian Imperial Force in the First World War


Extra-European Contexts

Rampaul Chamba (Open University)

The inter-generational transmission of psychic trauma: black African-Caribbean responses to ethnic disparities in schizophrenia

Ayesha Nathoo (University of Cambridge)

Appealing for humanity: the production and reception of the Disasters Emergency Committee’s 2011 East Africa crisis appeal

Arnel Joven (University of the Philippines)

‘The will to live!’ and other miracle cures: emotional support in the healing and survival among lowland civilians in the Philippines during the Japanese occupation period, 1941–45


Homesick Men

Thomas Dodman (Boston College)

                Nostalgia: a deadly emotion at the time of the French Revolution

David Anderson (Swansea University)

                Home is where the heart is: nostalgia as an emotional disease during the American Civil War

Susan Matt (Weber State University)

The transformation of nostalgia in the US Armed Forces, 1865–1945


5.15       Plenary lecture

Mark Jackson (University of Exeter)

The secret places of the heart


6.30       Conference reception and banquet


Wednesday 12 September


9.00       Panel sessions


Passions and the people

Arto Ruuska (University of Helsinki)

Thomas Trotter on the role of sociality and social passions in the development and treatment of the habit of drunkenness

Mariana Saad (Queen Mary, University of London)

‘To subjugate passion’ or ‘to restore harmony in the organs of sentiment’? The unspoken opposition between Pinel and Cabanis

Ross Macfarlane (Wellcome Library)

Blue beads, barrow boys, and bronchitis: negotiating the emotions in Edward Lovett’s folklore collection


Crime and Punishment

Willemijn Ruberg (Utrecht University)

Emotional tactics. Affect and Dutch forensic medicine in the nineteenth century

Victoria Bates (University of Exeter)

‘Perfectly collected’: emotional responses to sexual crime, 1850–1914

Jade Shepherd (Queen Mary, University of London)

‘The fiendish rack of jealousy’: murder, insanity, and Broadmoor in Victorian England



Public Health, Mental Health

Rob Boddice (Freie Universität, Berlin)

Tyranny of compassion? The moral economy of vaccination in Britain, 1867–98

Sun-Young Park (Harvard University)

Rehabilitating minds and bodies: emotions, hygiene, and school architecture in Paris, 1815–48

Åsa Jansson (Queen Mary, University of London)

‘Mental pain’ and ‘depression of spirits’: the standardisation of biomedical melancholia in Victorian medicine


Bodily Health and Wellbeing

Stephanie Snow (University of Manchester)

Individual experience, public activism, and stroke, 1990s–2000s

Antje Kampf and Jeannette Madarász-Lebenhagen (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz)

Medico-politics of gendered wellbeing: the case of cardiovascular prevention in East and West Germany, 1949–69

Leonie De Goei  (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts & Sciences)

Getting to grips with emotions in the sixties. Letters to Doctor Trimbos.


10.30     Coffee


11.00     Plenary session

Chaired by Fay Bound Alberti (Wellcome Trust)

Roundtable: Impact and Public Engagement


12.30     Lunch


1.30       Panel sessions


Networks and Markets

Anna Maerker (King’s College London)

From fear to fun: emotions, crowds, and the marketing of anatomical models

Elizabeth Connolly (University of Adelaide)

Will Atkins and the ‘envious’ people who ‘hate’ his medicines

Jennifer Hillman (University of York)

Spiritual friendships and penitential angst in seventeenth-century female letters


From Melancholy and Despair to Depression: Continuity and Change

David Lederer (National University of Ireland,Maynooth)

Mood disorders in early modern Europe

Georgina Laragy (National University of Ireland,Maynooth)

War, emotion, and suicide in the twentieth century

Maria Teresa Brancaccio (University of Maastricht)

The management of sadness: classifications of depressive disorders in the twentieth century


Comparative Perspectives

Dan Malleck (Brock University)

Feeling no pain? The changing language of drug and alcohol habituation in the Anglo-American world, 1867–1908

Martin Messika (University Paris I Sorbonne/University of Quebec)

Immigrants’ ‘emotions’ and social work: North African Jews in Paris and Montreal compared (1956–76)



Katherine Foxhall (King’s College London)

Emotions in the history of migraine

Bettina Hitzer (Max Planck Institute for Human Development)

Cancer and the feeling body. Psychosomatic explanations in post-1945 Germany and the United States

Valerie Harrington (University of Manchester)

Irritable mind or irritable bowel? The role of emotion in Irritable Bowel Syndrome


2.00 onwards    Optional museum visits


3.00        SSHM AGM; and European Association for the History of Medicine and Health (EAHMH) committee meetings


4.30       End of conference



[programme last updated 6 July 2012]






Citer ce billet
Damien Boquet (2012, 4 septembre). Emotions, Health, and Wellbeing. Les émotions au Moyen Âge, carnet d'EMMA. Consulté le 19 juin 2024, à l’adresse https://doi.org/10.58079/o7jf