Dr Mathew Thomson
Office Hours 2013-14: Thursdays 12-1 and 3-4
Telephone: 02476 524725 / 02476 572601
- Reader, Department of History, University of Warwick
- Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of History
- BA History, University College London 1987; D. Phil., Oxon, 1992.
- Wellcome University Award Holder, Department of History, University of Sheffield, 1993-8
- Lecturer, Department of History, University of Warwick, 1998-
Undergraduate Modules Taught
- Britain in the Twentieth Century (HI149)
- Britain in the 1970s: Between New Society and No Society (HI399)
Postgraduate Modules Taught
- 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 (Forthcoming: 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).
Public Engagement Projects
Current Areas of Research
- The Landscape of the Child in Post-War Britain
- Student Health in Post-War Britain
- The History of Mental Health Care in Post-War Britain
- Geoffrey Gorer
- ‘Bowlbyism and the Post-War Settlement’ (History and Psychoanalysis Seminar, IHR, 2012)
- ‘”The Words Spell Deprivation but the Pictures Spell Joy”: Photography and the Landscape of the Child in Post-War Britain’ (Social History Conference, 2009)
- ‘David Eder (1865-1936): Making Sense of the Life of England’s First Practising Psychoanalyst’ (Wellcome Trust Centre for History of Medicine, London, 4 November 2009)
- ‘The Rise and Fall of Student Health in Post-War Britain’ (Social History Conference, April 2010)
- Geoffrey Gorer and the Social Science of Modern Sexuality’ (Yale, 2008; Oxford 2009)
- ‘Psychology and the Engineering of Society in Twentieth-Century Britain’ (Sheffield 2008)
- ‘Psychology, Well-Being and the Landscape of the Child in Post-War Britain’ (Manchester and Warwick, 2008)
- ‘Sexual Danger, Rights and the Landscape of the Child in Twentieth-Century Britain’ (Oxford Brookes, 2008)
Supervision of Research Projects
- The Politics and Practices of Health in the Workplace in Britain, 1900-1970
- Relationship Versus Authority: Psychiatric Social Work, Therapeutic Communities, and the Subjectivity of the Child, c. 1930-1970
- Medicine and Execution
Recent MA Dissertations Supervised
- The Voice of the Second World War Evacuee
- Malingering and sickness benefit in post-war Britain
- Lady Allen of Hurtwood and the origins of the 1948 Children’s Act
- The TUC and foreign policy in the 1950s
- Public opinion and civil defence in post-war Britain
- Psychological injury in the Crimean and Boer Wars
- Ramsay MacDonald and his early intellectual influences
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, Translators of the Welfare State: Boundaries, Knowledge and Intervention in English Social Work, 1936-1970 (in progress)
- Claire Sewell, The Carer Movement: The Family, Mental Illness and Disability in Post-War Britain (in progress)
- Daniel Ellin, Psychological Health of RAF Ground Crew in Second World War Britain (in progress)
- Jennifer Crane, Child Abuse in Britain, 1962-2012 (in progress)