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Dr Tracey Loughran

Deputy Dean (Research) (Humanities) and Reader
Department of History
Dr Tracey Loughran

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Biography

I was a scholarship girl in an age when there were not many of us. Between the ages of eleven and eighteen I daily crossed between two very different worlds of home and school. The longer this went on, the less I belonged in either place. Education simultaneously alienated and liberated me. I found refuge in the worlds that literature and history opened up. In the pages of history books, I learnt that difference is a source of strength; that knowledge and creativity are the foundations of resilience; and that if you know where you come from, its easier to see all the different places you might go, and all the many ways you might get there. History continues to anchor and to inspire me, and over and again teaches the lesson that its possible to change the world and yourself. I studied History at Queen Mary, University of London, gaining my PhD in 2006. I spent two years at the University of Manchester, first as a University Teaching Associate and then as an ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, before taking up a lectureship at Cardiff University in 2008. I joined the University of Essex in 2017. I am a historian of twentieth-century Britain, with particular interests in the interaction of ideas and experiences of body, mind and self. My research centres on how knowledge is constructed, translated and transformed across different disciplines and in different contexts. This thread connects my diverse research projects on 'shell-shock' in First World War Britain, psychoanalysis in the interwar period, and female bodily experiences, psychological subjectivities and familial relationships in postwar Britain. I am also interested in historical theory, the methodological challenges that researching subjectivity poses, and the relationships between academic disciplines. I currently hold a Wellcome Trust Investigator Award in Humanities and Social Sciences for the project Body, Self and Family: Womens Psychological, Emotional and Bodily Health in Britain, c. 1960-1990 (2017-2020). This major project explores how the sweeping social changes of the postwar period affected womens understandings of bodily and emotional wellbeing. It examines womens experiences at different stages of the life cycle, their relationships to different sources of expertise and authority, and how new reproductive and contraceptive technologies affected their lives. It builds on and interacts with previous British Academy-funded projects on the emotional labour of agony aunts in postwar Britain, and on representations of health and illness in popular womens magazines. The aim of all these projects is to create an intersectional history of gender, body and the self from the bottom-up rather than the top-down. I am also working on two other projects. I am co-editing a collection on Emotions and the Researcher: Sites, Subjectivities and Relationships(Emerald, 2018) with Dr Dawn Mannay, a social psychologist based at Cardiff University. The collection brings together historians, sociologists, literary scholars, neuroscientists, physiotherapists, and medical researchers to explore the value and meaning of emotion in disciplines that continue to present academic work as rational, detached and objective, despite all the evidence to the contrary. My other sideline is a long-term project on psychoanalysis and everyday life in Britain, c. 1900-1950. This project explores understandings of consciousness and the self within mass culture. In 2014 I held a Harry Ransom Research Center Fellowship to undertake research on Graham Greene, Psychoanalysis, and Popular Culture in Interwar Britain.

Qualifications

  • 2006: PhD in History: 'Shell-Shock in First World War Britain: An Intellectual and Medical History, c. 1860-1920'. Queen Mary, University of London.

  • 2002: MA in Intellectual and Cultural History, Queen Mary, University of London.

  • 2001: BA (Hons), History, Queen Mary, University of London.

Appointments

University of Essex

  • Deputy Dean (Research), Faculty of Humanities University of Essex ( 17/7/2017 - present )

Other academic

  • Senior Lecturer, History Cardiff University ( 1/9/2014 - 16/7/2017 )

  • Lecturer, History Cardiff University ( 1/9/2008 - 31/8/2014 )

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Gender, health and medicine

Psychology and psychoanalysis

Mass culture

War and trauma

Conferences and presentations

Rethinking and Reframing the 'Everyday': New Approaches to Women's Health in Britain, 1960-1990

Conformity, Resistance, Dialogue and Deviance in Health and Medicine, Liverpool, United Kingdom, 13/7/2018

Mediating Emotion, Making Trauma: Doctors, Patients and the Construction of "Shell-Shock" in First World War Britain

Invited presentation, Glasgow, United Kingdom, 13/10/2017

Blind Spots and Moments of Estrangement: Subjectivity, Class and Education in British Autobiographical Histories, Senses, Emotions and the Affective Turn: International Society for Cultural History Annual Conference, UmeƄ University, Sweden, June 2017.

2017

Shell-Shock, Scientific Story-Telling, and Emotion: Changes in Medical Writing and in Doctor-Patient Relationships in First World War Britain, Doctor, Doctor: Global and Historical Perspectives on the Doctor-Patient Relationship, Oxford University, March 2017.

2017

Case A1. Private, 24 Years of Age: Individuals, Emotions and Scientific Story-Telling. Keynote lecture, War & Emotions symposium, Melbourne Museum, 17-18 September 2015.

2015

Graham Greene, Psychoanalysis and the Modern in Interwar Britain, Being Modern: Science and Culture in the Early 20th Century Conference, Institute of Historical Research, April 2015.

2015

Animal Bodies: Biology, Trauma and Shell-Shock in First World War Britain, Royal Historical Society Symposium, Conflict in Historical Perspective, January 2015.

2015

Emotion, Character and Self-Control: Shell-Shock, the First World War, and Medical Understandings of Human Nature, History Research Seminar, Essex University, November 2014.

2014

Divided Selves: Graham Greene and Psychoanalysis in Interwar Britain, Graham Greene International Festival, September 2014.

2014

Minding the Gap: History in Practice and Approaches to First Year Undergraduate Learning, Teaching History in Higher Education, Higher Education Academys 15th Annual Teaching and Learning Conference for Historians in Higher Education, September 2013.

2013

Feminism, Femininity, and (In)Fertility: Popular Discourses on Gender and Reproduction in 1970s Britain and Beyond, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine History Centre Seminar Series, January 2015.

1970

Biology, Trauma and History: Shell-Shock in British Medical Literature and Fiction, c. 1914-1930, Biological Discourses: The Language of Science and Literature around 1900 Conference, University of Cambridge, April 2015.

1914

Constructing and Re-constructing Trauma: Psychological Medicine and the Creation and Transformation of Discursive Communities, c. 1914-1945, (Re)Constructing Communities in Europe, 1918-1968 Conference, Radbourd University Nijmegen, Netherlands, December 2013.

1914

You are a hero: Masculinity and Will in British Medical Discourse on Shell-Shock, c. 1914-1920, History of Psychiatry Seminar, Oxford Brookes University, February 2013.

1914

Teaching and supervision

  • The Making of the Modern World since 1750 (HR100)

  • Approaches to History (HR211)

Publications

Journal articles (4)

Loughran, TL., (2013). A crisis of masculinity? Re-writing the history of shell-shock and gender in First World War Britain. History Compass. 11 (9), 727-738

Loughran, TL., (2012). Shell-shock, trauma and the First World War: The making of a diagnosis and its histories. Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences. 67 (1), 94-119

Loughran, TL., (2009). Shell-shock and psychological medicine in First World War Britain. Social History of Medicine. 22 (1), 79-95

Loughran, TL., (2008). Hysteria and neurasthenia in pre-1914 British medical discourse and in histories of shell-shock. History of Psychiatry. 19 (1), 25-46

Books (3)

Loughran, T., (2018). Emotion and the Researcher Sites, Subjectivities, and Relationships. Emerald Group Publishing. 178714612X. 9781787146129

Loughran, TL., (2017). Shell-Shock and Medical Culture in First World War Britain. Cambridge University Press. 9781316415672

Davis, G. and Loughran, T., (2017). The Palgrave Handbook of Infertility in History Approaches, Contexts and Perspectives. Palgrave Macmillan. 1137520795. 9781137520791

Book chapters (9)

Loughran, TL., (2018). Blind Spots and Moments of Estrangement: Subjectivity, Class and Education in British 'Autobiographical Histories'. In: Emotion and the Researcher: Sites, Subjectivities and Relationships. Editors: Loughran, T. and Mannay, D., . Emerald Group Publishing. 245- 259

Loughran, TL., (2017). Conditions of Illusion: Agency, Feminism, and Cultural Representations of Infertility in Britain, c. 1960-80. In: The Palgrave Handbook of Infertility in History: Approaches, Contexts and Perspectives. Editors: Loughran, T. and Davis, G., . Palgrave Macmillan. 431- 459. 978-1-137-52080-7

Loughran, TL. and Davis, G., (2017). Introduction: Infertility in History: Approaches, Contexts and Perspectives. In: The Palgrave Handbook of Infertility in History: Approaches, Contexts and Perspectives. Editors: Loughran, TL. and Davis, G., . Palgrave Macmillan. 1- 35. 1137520795. 978-1137520791

Loughran, TL. and Davis, G., (2017). Introduction: The Body Politic and the Infertile Body. In: The Palgrave Handbook of Infertility in History: Approaches, Contexts and Perspectives. Editors: Loughran, TL. and Davis, G., . Palgrave Macmillan. 143- 149. 1137520795. 978-1137520791

Loughran, TL. and Davis, G., (2017). Introduction: Defining the 'Problem': Perspectives on Infertility. In: The Palgrave Handbook of Infertility in History: Approaches, Contexts and Perspectives. Editors: Loughran, TL. and Davis, G., . Palgrave Macmillan. 29- 35. 1137520795. 978-1137520791

Loughran, TL. and Davis, G., (2017). Introduction: Situating Infertility in Medicine. In: The Palgrave Handbook of Infertility in History: Approaches, Contexts and Perspectives. Editors: Loughran, TL., . Palgrave Macmillan. 265- 271. 1137520795. 978-1137520791

Loughran, TL. and Davis, G., (2017). Introduction: Agency and Invisibility in Constructions of Infertility. In: The Palgrave Handbook of Infertility in History: Approaches, Contexts and Perspectives. Editors: Loughran, TL. and Davis, G., . Palgrave Macmillan. 385- 391. 1137520795. 978-1137520791

Loughran, TL. and Davis, G., (2017). Introduction: Reproductive Technologies and Imagined Futures. In: The Palgrave Handbook of Infertility in History: Approaches, Contexts and Perspectives. Editors: Loughran, TL. and Davis, G., . Palgrave Macmillan. 539- 544. 1137520795. 978-1137520791

Loughran, TL., (2016). Landscape for a good woman's weekly: finding magazines in post-war British history and culture. In: Women in Magazines: Research, Representation, Production and Consumption. Editors: Ritchie, R., Hawkins, S., Phillips, N. and Kleinberg, SJ., . Routledge. 40- 52. 9781138824027

Grants and funding

2017

Body, Self and Family: Women's Psychological, Emotional and Bodily Health in Britain, c. 1960-1990

Wellcome Trust

Body, Self and Family: Women's Psychological, Emotional and Bodily Health in Britain, c. 1960-1990

The British Academy

Body, Self and Family: Women's Psychological, Emotional and Bodily Health in Britain, c1960-1990

British Academy

Contact

t.loughran@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 876311

Location:

2.606, Colchester Campus