Boddice, Dr. Rob - COFUND Alumnus


Freie Universität Berlin


Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter

DFG-funded project: "The Science of Sympathy: Morality, Evolution and Victorian Civilisation"

Koserstr. 20
14195 Berlin

Rob Boddice is Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter at the Department of History and Cultural Studies at Freie Universität Berlin and Research Fellow at the Center for the History of Emotions at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development. The author and editor of a number of books, Boddice’s most recent volumes include Pain and Emotion in Modern History (Palgrave, 2014) and Edward Jenner (History Press, 2015). His next monograph, The Science of Sympathy: Morality, Evolution and Victorian Civilization, will be published in the History-of-Emotions series at University of Illinois Press in the Spring of 2016. His Pain: A Very Short Introduction will be published by Oxford University Press by the end of 2016. And The History of Emotions will appear in Manchester University Press’s ‘Historical Approaches’ series in 2017.

Boddice’s research encompasses the history of science, medicine, and the emotions, with a principal focus on modern Britain and North America. Having completed projects on Darwinian sympathy, the history of pain, and the life of Edward Jenner, he is now beginning a new project on the public-relations policies and actions of the medical establishment with regard to the rise of experimental medicine in the late nineteenth century.

Books (selected)

The History of Emotions (Manchester: Manchester University Press, forthcoming 2017).

Pain: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2016).

The Science of Sympathy: Morality, Evolution and Victorian Civilisation (Urbana-Champaign: University of Illinois Press, in press).

Edward Jenner (Stroud: The History Press, 2015).


Articles (selected)

(with Stephanie Olsen) ‘Styling Emotions History’, Journal of Social History (forthcoming).

‘Vaccination, Fear and Historical Relevance’, History Compass (forthcoming).

‘Species of Compassion: Aesthetics, Anaesthetics and Pain in the Physiological Laboratory’, 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, 15 (2012).

Book chapters (selected)

‘The History of Emotions’, New Directions in Social and Cultural History, ed. Lucy Noakes (London: Bloomsbury, forthcoming).

‘Experiences’, A Cultural History of Medicine, vol. 5, ed. Jonathan Reinarz (London: Bloomsbury, forthcoming).

‘Hysteria or Tetanus? Ambivalent Embodiments and the Authenticity of Pain’, Emotional Bodies: Studies on the Historical Performativity of Emotions, eds. Dolores Martin Moruno and Beatriz Pichel (in preparation).

‘Bestiality in a Time of Smallpox: Dr Jenner and the “Modern Chimera”’, Writing Creaturely Lives, eds. Dominik Ohrem and Roman Bartosch (in preparation).

‘Medical and Scientific Understandings’, A Cultural History of the Emotions, vol. 5, ed. Susan Matt (London: Bloomsbury, forthcoming).

‘Hurt Feelings?’, Pain and Emotion in Modern History (Houndmills: Palgrave MacMillan, 2014).

‘The Affective Turn: Historicising the Emotions’, Psychology and History: Interdisciplinary Explorations, eds. Cristian Tileagă and Jovan Byford (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014).

‘German Methods, English Morals: Physiological Networks and the Question of Callousness, c.1870-1881’, Anglo-German Scholarly Relations in the Long Nineteenth Century, eds. Heather Ellis and Ulrike Kirchberger (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2014).