Queen Mary University of London, Queen Mary, University of London & Warwick University
Strategic Alliance Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Ethnicity & Mental Health in Post War Britain
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Ethnicity and Mental Health in Post-War Britain
The Centres for the History of the Emotions at Queen Mary and the History of Medicine at Warwick are currently collaborating on a history of mental health care in post-war Britain. The first stage of this research has been a witness seminar involving leading policy makers, practitioners, and historians. The appointment of two postdoctoral fellowships, one based at QMUL in the Centre for the History of the Emotions, the other at Warwick in the Centre for the History of Medicine, will provide an opportunity to examine in depth one aspect of this history: the relationship between ethnicity and mental health in Britain since 1945. This is a subject of major importance in its own right. It will also provide the opening case studies for a broader programme of collaborative and interdisciplinary research on the history of post-war mental health care. We look to appoint Fellows who are equipped to undertake advanced level research in the field of post-war British mental health and ethnicity and who have an aptitude for collaborative and interdisciplinary research.
In 2010, the journal History of Psychiatry claimed that new historical frameworks were necessary to understand the history of post-war mental health care. To date, the limited efforts in this direction have struggled to extend models developed in the analysis of asylum psychiatry into an era in which mental health care takes place predominantly outside hospitals, and in which the range of care providers and professionals has vastly expanded. The history of the relationship between psychiatry and ethnicity in post-war Britain provides an ideal vantage point for understanding the contemporary history of mental health care, although it is a subject that has been has been largely ignored by medical historians. Recent government studies (for instance ‘Count me in’ surveys) have repeatedly demonstrated the consistent over representation of Black and Minority Ethnic groups in the mental health system and secure mental hospitals in particular. The project will result in the first historical studies of this important and controversial issue across the post-war era in relation to immigration, race relations, legal changes and the reconfiguration of the field of mental health.
The Fellowships provide an exciting opportunity to play a key role in pioneering the history of ethnicity and mental health in post-war Britain and in building a broader collaborative programme of research. You will work in two leading centres for the history of psychiatry and in history departments with international reputations for taking the study of British history into the post-war era. You will also collaborate with scholars across disciplines at the two universities. In particular, you will work closely with leading authorities on ethnicity and mental health in the Medical Schools at QMUL and Warwick. You will also benefit from links to the Centre for the Study of Migration at QMUL and the Centres for Global and Caribbean History at Warwick, and your research will connect with a broader programme of research on ethnicity and disease in post-war Britain at Warwick (Dr Roberta Bivins) and on the development of modern biomedicine at QMUL (Professor Tilli Tansey).
One Postdoctoral Fellow will be located at QMUL, the other at Warwick, however both will spend time at the partner institutions. Although you will work independently you will receive close support from the project teams which will include the two project directors Dr Rhodri Hayward (Centre for the History of the Emotions, QMUL) and Dr Mathew Thomson (Centre for the History of Medicine, Warwick), as well as Professor Swaran Singh (Professor of Community and Social Psychiatry and Head of Division, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Warwick Medical School) and Professor Kamaldeep Bhui (Professor of Cultural Psychiatry & Epidemiology and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, QMUL). In addition to your own research on the history of mental health and ethnicity, you will play a key role in establishing an interdisciplinary network of scholars across the two institutions, connecting this outwards to stakeholders in the field, organising collaborative events, and building a platform for further research.
The Postdoctoral Fellow located in the Warwick Centre for the History of Medicine will work on policy, politics, experience, and representation. The Postdoctoral Fellow located in the QMUL Centre for the History of Emotions will work on epidemiology, psychiatric theory, and therapy. The exact focus of each Postdoctoral Fellow will depend on the research proposals and interests of candidates who apply for the posts and will be finalised in discussion with the project directors. If you have the required skills and profile for both advertised posts, you are welcome apply for both Fellowships—you will, in this instance, need to submit 2 application forms.
Jointly, you will be responsible for setting up and maintaining a project website which will reach out to stakeholders in the field. With the guidance of the wider project team, you will also run a witness seminar series in Years 1 and 2 of the project, involving practitioners, policy makers, service users, pressure groups, and academics. These interviews will provide a key source for the research. You will also undertake some research on areas of high ethnic diversity proximate to the two universities and will organise associated public engagement activities. Further sources may include medical literature, press coverage, the Sivanandan Ethnicity and Migration collection (Warwick), the archives of the British Association of Social Workers (Modern Records Centre, Warwick), and government records (National Archives). You will work independently producing at least two articles for peer-reviewed journals in Years 1 and 2. You will also collaborate with Bhui and Singh in reaching out through publication to a broader range of audiences in the field of mental health care. And you will participate in the development of further funding applications. Finally, in Year 3 you will organise a conference bringing together the full range of stakeholders for reflection on the research findings. You will collaborate with the coordinating team in the production of a jointly-authored report which will be made widely available to stakeholders in the field. And you will have the opportunity to produce monographs based upon the results of your research.
For further information on the about the collaboration and project strands, including details on how to apply go to:
|Primary Category:||British History / Studies
|Secondary Categories:||Ethnic History / Studies