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Major study launched on emotional health

Monday 24 August 2015


The Mile End Institute is to partner with QMUL's Centre for the History of Emotions in a major new project exploring emotional health.

The Mile End Institute is to partner with QMUL's Centre for the History of Emotions in a major new project exploring emotional health.

The Living with Feeling project led by Dr Thomas Dixon of the School of History will explore how scientists and doctors, philosophers and politicians, patients and parents have grappled with emotions in relation to health, historically and in contemporary society.

The project, which is funded for five years by a Humanities and Social Science Collaborative Award from the Wellcome Trust, will connect the history and philosophy of medicine and emotions with contemporary science, medical practice, and public policy. 

The £1.6 million project grant will facilitate collaborations with many colleagues and centres at QMUL, including a series of policy days on emotional health and contemporary society organised with the Mile End Institute.

“It’s not only the emotions of patients and citizens, but of our leaders too, that have come under increasing scrutiny”, Dr Dixon says. 

”We should pity modern politicians who are expected to empathise, to express emotions, to shed real tears and voice authentic anger – and yet in a way that seems healthy and human rather than unsteady or even deranged. Where did our beliefs about this kind of delicate emotional balance come from, and what do they say about our society?”

You can read more about the Centre for the History of Emotions here.

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