The first post of a new blog is always exciting, but this is a very special one for me. This blog is part of the research project “The Emotional Body: Medical, Theatrical and Photographic Practices at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century in France”, funded by the Wellcome Trust and developed at the Photographic History Research Centre, de Montfort University. Then, it will be accompanying me for the following two years, and I hope you will join me!
The most exciting thing for me about all this is that the blog is not intended to be academic. At the contrary, it is one of the proposed activities of public engagement, what means no specialized language, no peer review, no footnotes (awesome!) without a decrease in the scientific quality of the content. It is therefore a way to make research available to a wider public with cultural and historical concerns. It is our way to return to society what we receive.
My particular aim here is to disseminate my findings related to the history of photography, emotions and psychology relating them to contemporary problems. Through the analysis of historical and contemporary photographs, I will try to discuss questions such as how scientific discourses have permeated the popular understanding of emotions, how we experience our embodied emotions (and how they were lived in the past) or how photographic practices such as taking or looking at photographs have shaped our emotional lives.
Last but not least, your opinion will be important. This is not a lecture, where I have the word and you can only listen to me. Public engagement activities are interesting because they are a way to measure our connection to society. This is essential if we want to make humanities relevant. Then, I’ll be more than happy to hear any comments or suggestions about issues we can deal with.
Welcome on board!