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The Birkbeck Pain Project - Fellowships

The Birkbeck Pain Project began in January 2011 and is now over. It was funded by the Wellcome Trust

Further information about the Pain Project can be found on  The Birkbeck Pain Project Website where you can also sign up to the mailing list and email the relevant people

Joanna Bourke (Principal Investigator), Louise Hide, Carmen Mangion, and (as a 2 year Visiting Fellow) Jeremy Davies. We are delighted to announce that, in collaboration with the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, we have appointed three more Fellows:

Professor Daniel S. Goldberg (Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University) who will be working on the beliefs, attitudes, and practices concerning “pain without lesion” among leading mid-to-late nineteenth-century British and American neurologists. He will be joining us for one month from mid-May 2012 and during his stay, will be organising a workshop.

Professor Lynn Botelho (Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Clare Hall, Cambridge) who will be working on the physical pain of aching joints and the mental anguish of declining authority in early modern England. She will be joining us for three months from September 2012 and, during her stay, will be organising a conference.

Rob Boddice, Ph.D, is a Research Fellow at the Centre for the History of Emotions, Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin. His research has focused on the history of the human-animal relation, cruelty,callousness and anthropocentrism. He is currently working on institutional and social practices related to different concepts of compassion as sympathetic pain in late Victorian Britain. He will use the fellowship toconduct research on early Darwinist attempts to prescribe moral action through a natural-law understanding of the evolution of compassion. He is planning a public workshop on the theme of 'Pain as Emotion; Emotion as Pain'.