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Dr Mathew Thomson

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Contact Information:

Office: Room H310, Humanities Building

Office Hours: Tuesday 9-10; Thursday 12-1

Phone: 02476 524725 / 02476 572601
Email: m.thomson@warwick.ac.uk 

 

Current Positions
Academic Profile
  • BA History, University College London 1987; D. Phil., Oxon, 1992.
  • Wellcome University Award Holder, Department of History, University of Sheffield, 1993-8
  • Lecturer and Reader, Department of History, University of Warwick, 1998-2015
Undergraduate Modules Taught
Publications
  • The Problem of Mental Deficiency: Eugenics, Democracy and Social Policy in Britain, 1870-1959 (Oxford University Press, 1998).
  • Psychological Subjects: Identity, Culture and Health in Twentieth-Century Britain (Oxford University Press, 2006). Review ; Review Symposium.
  • Lost Freedom: The Landscape of the Child and the British Post-War Settlement (Oxford University Press, 2013).
  • 'Sterilisation, Segregation and Community Care: Ideology and Solutions to the Problem of Mental Deficiency in Inter-War Britain', History of Psychiatry, iii (1992).
  • 'Social Policy and the Management of the Problem of Mental Deficiency in Inter-War London', London Journal, 18 (1993), 129-42.
  • (with Paul Weindling) 'Sterilisationpolitik in Grossbritannien und Deutschland' in F.W. Kersting, K. Teppe & B. Walter (eds.), Nach Hadamar: zum Verhältnis von Psychiatrie und Gesellschaft im 20. Jahrhundert (Ferdinand Schöningh; Paderborn, 1993), pp. 137-49.
  • 'Mental Hygiene as an International Movement', in P. Weindling (ed.), International Health Organisations and Movements, 1918-1939 (Cambridge University Press, 1995).
  • 'Family, Community, and State: the Micro-Politics of Mental Deficiency in Inter-War Britain', in A. Digby & D. Wright (eds.), From Idiocy to Mental Deficiency: Historical Perspectives on People with Learning Difficulties (Routledge, 1996).
  • '"Though Ever the Subject of Psychological Medicine": Psychiatrists and the Colony Solution for Mental Defectives', in G. Berrios & H. Freeman (eds.), 150 Years of British Psychiatry, ii, The Aftermath (1996).
  • "Community Care and Control of Mental Defectives in Inter-War Britain"in P. Horden & R. Smith (eds), The Locus of Care: Historical Perspectives on the Roles of the Family, Community, and Institutions (Routledge, 1998).
  • "Before Anti-Psychiatry: Mental Health in Wartime Britain", in R. Porter & M.Gijswijt-Hofstra (eds.), Cultures of Psychiatry (Rodopi, 1998).
  • "Status, Manpower, and Mental Deficiency in the First World War", in R. Cooter, M. Harrison, and S. Sturdy (eds.), War, Medicine and Modernity (Sutton Press, 1999).
  • "'Savage Civilisation': Race, Culture and Mind in Britain, 1898-1939', in W. Ernst & B. Harris (eds.), Race, Science and Medicine: Racial Categories and the Production of Medical Knowledge, 1700-1960 (Routledge, 1999).
  • "Constituting Citizenship: Mental Deficiency, Mental Health and Human Rights in Britain, 1900-1950"in C. Lawrence & A. Mayer (eds), Regenerating England: Science, Medicine and Culture in Inter-War Britain (Rodopi, 2000).
  • "The Psychological Body" in R. Cooter & J. Pickstone (eds.), Medicine in the Twentieth Century (Harwood, 2000).
  • 'Psychology and the Consciousness of Modernity in Britain, 1900-1950', in M.Daunton & B. Rieger (eds), Meanings of Modernity (Berg, 2000).
  • 'The Popular, the Practical and the Professional: Psychological Identities in Britain, 1900-50', in G. Bunn, S. Lovie, & G. Richards (eds.), Psychology in Britain (British Psychological Society, 2001).
  • 'Neurasthenia in Britain' in M. Gijswijt-Hofstra & R. Porter (eds.), Cultures of Neurasthenia From Beard to the First World War (Rodopi, 2001).
  • ‘Mental Hygiene in Britain during the First Half of the Twentieth Century: The Limits of International Influence’ in V. Roelke, P. Weindling & L. Westwood (eds.), American, British and German Psychiatry in Interwar Europe (University of Rochester Press, 2010).
  • ‘Disability, Psychiatry, and Mental Health’ in The Oxford Handbook of the History of Eugenics, eds. P. Levine & A. Bashford (Oxford University Press, 2010).
  • ‘”The Solution to his own Enigma”: Connecting the life of Montague David Eder (1865-1936), Socialist, Psychoanalyst, Zionist, and Modern Saint’, Medical History (2011).
  • ‘Psychology and the Engineering of Society in Twentieth-Century Britain’, in K. Bruckweh, D. Schumann, R. Wetzell and B, Ziemann (eds.), Engineering Society: The Scientization of the Social in Comparative Perspective, 1880-2000 (Palgrave, 2012).
  • (with John Turner, Rhodri Hayward, Katherine Angel, Bill Fulford, John Hall, and Chris Millard) 'The History of the Mental Health Services in Modern England: Practitioner Memories and the Direction of Future Research', Medical History, 59 (2015), 599-624.
Current Area of Research
Recent Presentations
  • 'Bowlbyism and the Post-War Settlement' (History and Psychoanalysis Seminar, IHR, 2012)
  • 'Lost in their Own City: Children and the Environment in 1970s Britain' (CCBH Seminar, KCL, 2013)
  • 'The World of Tom Malden: Reflections on the History of the Alternative Psychiatric Narrative' (Alternative Psychiatric Narratives Conference, IHR 2014)
  • 'Photography and the Landscape of the Child in Twentieth-Century Britain' (Photographic Histories of Psychology, De Montfort, 2014)
  • 'Privacy and the Cultural History of the NHS' (Prvacy, Literacy and the Self: Conference in Honour of David Vincent, 2015)
  • 'Party Political Manifestos and the Cultural History of the NHS' (Social History Conference, 2016)
  • 'The Powerful Child and the Cultural History of the NHS' (Magdalen College, Oxford, 2016)
Supervision of Research Projects
Recent MA Dissertations Subjects Supervised
  • Broadcasting and Sex Education in 60s ad 70s Britain (Mara Gregory - Winner of the Royal Historical Society Rees Davies Prize)
  • Women and Eugenics in Early 20th Century Britain
  • Children and Corporal Punishment in Post-War England
  • Tranqulisers, Medical Expertise, and the Media in Britain
  • The Fascist Faithful: Religion and the BUF in Interwar Britain
  • Photography and Mental Deficiency
PhD Topics Supervised
  • Vicky Long, 'Changing Public Representations of Mental Illness in Britain 1870-1970’ (2004)
  • Sheryl Root, 'Healing, Touch and Medicine, c. 1890-1950' (2005)
  • Daniel O'Connor, 'Breaking Sex: Conceptions and Receptions of Gender Identification in Medical Science and Mass Media 1950-2000' (2006) 
  • Brooke Whitelaw, 'Industry and the Interior Life: Industrial Experts and the Mental World of Workers in Twentieth-Century Britain' (2009)
  • Susan Aspinall, 'Nurture as well as Nature: Environmentalism in Representations of Women and Exercise in Britain from the 1880s to the early 1920s' (2010)
  • Stephen Soanes, 'Rest and Restitution: Convalescence and the Public Mental Hospital in England, 1919-39' (2011)
  • Eliza Filby, 'God and Mrs Thatcher: Religion and Politics in 1980s Britain'(2011)
  • April Gallwey, 'Lone Motherhood in England, 1945-1990: Economy, Agency and Identity' (2012)
  • Lucy Allwright, 'The War on London: Defending the City from the War in the Air, 1932-1943' (2012)
  • Tom Bray, '"In the Gaps and in the Margins": Narratives, Knowledge and Welfare in English Social Work, 1940-1970' (2016)
  • Claire Sewell, The Carer Movement: The Family, Mental Illness and Disability in Post-War Britain (2014)
  • Daniel Ellin, Psychological Health of RAF Ground Crew in Second World War Britain (2015)
  • Jennifer Crane, 'The Expertise of Experience: Child Abuse and Voluntary Action in Britain, 1970-2015' (2016)
  • Kate Mahoney, '"Finding our own Solutions": The Women's Liberation Movement and Mental Health Care Provision in Post-War England' (2013-)
  • Andrew Burchell, 'Violence, Mental Health and the British School Child, 1944-1980' (2015-)
  • Jinping Ma, 'The Rise and Fall of Psychiatry in Shanghai, 1930-1940' (2015-)
Public Engagement and Impact
  • History and Policy: Presentation of two papers to History and Policy seminar series with Department for Education, 2011-12; Consultant on History of Child Sexual Abuse 2015
  • Radio: Freudian Slippage (Radio 4, 2010); Every Day in Every Way (Radio 4 2012)
  • Exhibition: Historical Consultant for V&A Museum of Childhood Exhibition, Modern British Childhood (2012-13)
  • Film and Theatre: Historical Consultant for development of The Idiot Colony 
  • A People's History of the NHS

 

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