About me


My name is Beatriz Pichel and I’m Research Fellow at the Photographic History Research Centre, de Montfort University.




This blog was born during my Wellcome Trust research project “The Emotional Body”. I became interested in photography after graduating in Philosophy at the UAM (Spain), in the framework of the doctoral program on Sciences and Culture Studies. I got my PhD in 2012 with a thesis entitled “Photography and Death in War. Objects, Practices and Representations During the First World War in France”. It argued that photographic practices such as taking, collecting and looking at photographs shaped new meanings and experiences of death between 1914 and 1918.

Both projects are based on the same set of questions: how photographic practices determine bodily experiences, the consequences of the distribution of visible and invisible bodies in the public arena, and how we can use photography as a source of historical and philosophical knowledge.

My areas of expertise are photographic history, history of medicine, history of emotions and cultural history. I’m also very interested in women’s history and gender history, and I’m trying to get my head around visual STS.



When I’m not working, you’ll probably find me dancing swing.

I tweet about these and other things as @beastruz

You can email me at: beatriz(dot)pichel(at)dmu(dot)ac(dot)uk

Get in touch!

The views expressed on this website/blog are mine alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of any other individual or organisation



2 thoughts on “About me

  1. I will follow your research with pleasure, it seems interesting indeed. I hope to learn a lot form this blog, which is really a great idea! I wish you all the best in Leicester and hope to see you soon in Madrid.

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