Schooling the Emotions

18 January 2010


Schooling the Emotions: SEAL in Historical Context

3 February 2010


Arts Lecture Theatre. Mile End Campus.

Since 2005 the government has been promoting new initiatives to develop 'Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning' (SEAL). Embodied Emotions: History, Performance, Education (funded as part of the AHRC ‘Beyond Text’ programme) will use academic research and artistic practice to examine these educational policy goals and deliver innovative classroom activities in collaboration with Osmani Primary School, Tower Hamlets.

The project will be launched through an interdisciplinary event including short performance pieces by Clare Whistler, film clips of the project’s preliminary work in Osmani School introduced by Ali Campbell, and three talks designed to initiate a discussion about the history and theory of emotional literacy in education. This will be the first in a series of such events.


Dr David Spendlove (University of Manchester) is an expert on emotional literacy and the roles of creativity and imagination in the classroom. He is the author of numerous academic articles, and of a recent book for teachers Ideas in Action: Emotional Literacy (2009).

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Professor Kathryn Ecclestone (University of Birmingham) is Professor of Education and Social Inclusion. Her most recent book, co-authored with Dennis Hayes, is The Dangerous Rise of Therapeutic Education (2008), a controversial critique of the ways in which concerns about emotional well-being are changing ideas about social justice, inclusion and the goals of education.

photospeaker3Dr Thomas Dixon is Director of the QMUL Centre for the History of the Emotions. He has published on the history of theories of passions and emotions in philosophical, theological and medical contexts and is currently researching Victorian ideas about the education of the feelings.


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Arts & Humanities Research Council: Each year the AHRC provides approximately £100 million from the Government to support research and postgraduate study in the arts and humanities, from archaeology and English literature to design and dance. In any one year, the AHRC makes approximately 700 research awards and around 1,000 postgraduate awards. Awards are made after a rigorous peer review process, to ensure that only applications of the highest quality are funded. Arts and humanities researchers constitute nearly a quarter of all research-active staff in the higher education sector. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK. See Arts & Humanities Research Council website.