Research Stream


Mark Neuendorf

Mark Neuendorf graduated with a PhD from The University of Adelaide in 2018, after completing his research on the topic 'A "Plea for Humanity"? Emotions and the Makings of Lunacy Reform in Britain c.1770–1820' under the supervision of Claire Walker, and with support from a 'Top-Up' scholarship from the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. A book developed from this project is forthcoming with Palgrave Macmillan.

Mark’s current research explores the intersection of emotions and British psychiatry from the 1850s to the present day, with a particular focus on the cultural and emotional histories of psychiatric publishing. His first article from this project, examining the professional self-fashioning of British psychiatric nurses, was published in Medical History (2019).



Madness in England in the “Age of Sensibility"

Selected Publications

Neuendorf, M. 'Psychiatry's "Others"? Rethinking the Professional Self-Fashioning of British Mental Nurses c.1900–1920'. Medical History 63.3 (2019): 291–313.

Neuendorf, M. Emotions and the Making of Psychiatric Reform in Britain, 1770-1820, Palgrave Macmillan [forthcoming].

Selected Presentations

Symposium Paper:  ‘Matters of Taste? Emotions, Aesthetics and the Romantic-era Sermon’, ‘Religion and Emotion in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, c.1100–1800’ symposium, The University of Adelaide, 23 November 2018.

Conference Panel Paper: ‘Moving the Heart: Madness and the Sympathetic Exchange in Eighteenth-Century Britain’, 11th Biennial Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (ANZAMEMS) ‘Mobility and Exchange’, Victoria University of Wellington, NZ, 7‒10 February 2017.

Conference Panel Paper: ‘A “Forcible Appeal to Humanity”: Sympathising with the Insane in the Romantic Age’, 4th Biennial Conference, Romantic Studies Association of Australasia, Massey University / Victoria University of Wellington, NZ, 16–18 February 2017.

Conference Panel Paper: ‘Emotions, Print Culture and the Makings of British Psychiatry’, 15th Biennial Conference, Australian and New Zealand Society of the History of Medicine, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, 11–14 July 2017.


Neuendorf, Mark. Curran Fellowship Grant, Research Society for Victorian Periodicals, USD5,000 for project ‘Emotions, Print Culture and the Makings of British Psychiatry’, 2017–2018. Awarded: 4 February 2017.