New seminar series: Damaging the Body

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We are pleased to announce the details of a new academic seminar series, Damaging the Body: Physical Harm and the Self, 1850 – 2010, to be held at the Wellcome Library and organised by the UCL Centre for the History of Psychological Disciplines in conjunction with the University of the West of England.

The aim of the seminars is to provoke interdisciplinary discussion of the ways in which the creation of more diverse histories of bodily damage in the nineteenth century and beyond might open up wider concerns.

Friday 23 March, 6pm
Åsa Jansson (Queen Mary, University of London)
Melancholia and ‘Suicidal Propensities’ in Victorian Medicine: Statistics, Diagnostics, and Classification

Friday 20 April, 6pm
Dr James Nicholls (Bath Spa University)
It All Adds Up: Changing Models of Alcohol Harm

Wednesday 2 May, 6pm
Dr Katherine Watson (Oxford Brookes University)
Loss of Face: Vitriol Throwing in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Britain

All seminars will take place in the Wellcome Library, 2nd floor, 183 Euston Road, NW1 2BE. Please deposit bags and coats in the ground floor cloakroom and meet in the 2nd floor foyer. Doors at 6pm prompt, seminars will start by 6.15.

Image: A woman diagnosed as suffering from melancholia with fear, or fear of everything, and with a propensity to attempt suicide. Lithograph, 1892, after a drawing made for Sir Alexander Morison (Wellcome Library no. 38637i).

Ross Macfarlane

Ross Macfarlane is the Research Engagement Officer at the Wellcome Library.

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