Our project examines health-related aspects of solitude in Britain from the late seventeenth century to the present.
We ask how experiences of solitude have changed over the centuries and how these changes have affected individuals and society.
Our research is hosted by Queen Mary University of London and supported by an Investigator Award from the Wellcome Trust: ‘Pathologies of Solitude, 18th-21st Century’.
We do multidisciplinary research on solitude and social isolation. Our interrelated research themes explore changes in people’s understandings and experiences of solitude and their impact on health and wellbeing.
We run a variety of events based on our research, from lectures and seminar series to reading groups and film screenings.
Seminar – Anne Vila on ‘Solitudes/Multitudes in Eighteenth-Century France: The Curious Case of the Jansenist Convulsionnaires’
In the third paper in our 2020/21 seminar series, Anne Vila from the University of Wisconsin-Madison shows us how solitude figures in the assemblies organised by the Jansenist convulsionary movement in 18th-century France.