Birkbeck History Research Students' Forum

Birkbeck historians have launched a project into the study of trauma in science and medicine.

The Birkbeck Trauma Project, led by Professor Joanna Bourke and Dr Louise Hide of the College’s Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, will explore the production and experience of violence and aggression within scientific, medical, and societal contexts over the past two centuries.

The interdisciplinary research initiative builds on the work of the Birkbeck Pain Project – a study funded by the Wellcome Trust which set out to investigate how people-in-pain between the eighteenth century and the present made sense of their suffering and sought to communicate it to other people.

Supported by the Birkbeck Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF), the new project will investigate trauma as a construct within medical and scientific discourse, and in negotiation with social worlds.

Through the project’s dedicated website, the academics aim…

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