Thomas Dixon

Dr Dixon is an International Partner Investigator. He is the Director of the Centre for the History of the Emotions at Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL) in the United Kingdom. He is a historian of philosophy, science, medicine and religion, with particular expertise in the history of emotions, and in Victorian intellectual and cultural history. He is co-editor of the QMUL History of Emotions blog, and co-editor, with Professor Ute Frevert, of the Emotions in History book series published by Oxford University Press. His publications in the field have focused on the conceptual histories of the terms ‘passions’ and ‘emotions’, as well as the cultural histories of altruism, emotional education, tears and weeping. He has benefited from scholarly exchanges on the latter topic with several members of CHE, including the late Professor Philippa Maddern. In September 2013, the Queen Mary Centre hosted an event n London, organised jointly with Dr François Soyer of CHE, on early modern hatred.

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Weeping Britannia: Portrait of a Nation in Tears. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.

‘Enthusiasm Delineated: Varieties of Weeping in Eighteenth-Century Britain’. Litteraria Pragensia: Studies in Literature and Culture 22 (2012): 59–81.

'"Emotion": The History of a Keyword in Crisis'. Emotion Review 4 (2012): 338–44.

'The Tears of Mr Justice Willes'. Journal of Victorian Culture 17 (2012): 1–23.

'Feeling Differently: Using Historical Images to Teach Emotional Literacy in an East London School’ (2011) 

The Invention of Altruism: Making Moral Meanings in Victorian Britain. Oxford: Oxford University Press for the British Academy, 2008.

Science and Religion: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press, 2008.

From Passions to Emotions: The Creation of a Secular Psychological Category. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003; Paperback edition, 2006.


Seminar: '"Like a Libyan Lion": Getting to Grips with Rage in Eighteenth-Century England', UWA, 7 November 2016.

Plenary: ‘What is Anger?’, CHE 2016 Biennial Research Meeting, Adelaide, 9‒10 November 2016.

Public Lecture: 'Unfriending and Weeping in Public', Flinders in the City, Adelaide, 12 November 2016.

Public Lecture: 'Weeping Britannia: Portrait of a Nation in Tears', The University of Melbourne, 14 November 2016.