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The New History of Experience

An online public lecture hosted by The University of Adelaide


Image: Rosemary Carson, Patients waiting to see the doctor, with figures representing their fears, oil painting, 1997, Wellcome Collection. Attribution 4.0 International CC BY 4.0.

Date: Thursday 24 June 2021
Time: 10:00–11:00am (ACST)
Venue: Online via Zoom. Hosted by The University of Adelaide: https://adelaide.zoom.us/j/84207411527?pwd=dlg3L0ZUQnErWDQzTmwvOHVnZEpkQT09. Password for talk: 986131.
Enquiries: Please contact katie.barclay@adelaide.edu.au.

What is the history of experience a history of?

Experience and its close relation, 'lived experience', appear with increasing frequency in works of history. But to what do they refer? Emerging from diverse threads in cultural and social history, the history of emotions and senses, conceptual and intellectual history, and through the wreckage of postmodernism, a new iteration of the history of experience seems to be upon us. Yet its meanings, its theories and its methods remain largely unelaborated. This paper attempts at least a preliminary attempt critically to supply that want. 

Rob Boddice (PhD, FRHistS) is a Senior Research Fellow at the Finnish Academy Centre of Excellence in the History of Experiences, Tampere University, Finland. His recent books include The Science of Sympathy: Morality, Evolution and Victorian Civilization (2016), The History of Emotions (2018), A History of Feelings (2019), Emotion, Sense, Experience (2020, with Mark Smith) and Humane Professions (2021).