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Dr Beatriz Pichel

Job: Wellcome Trust Research Fellow in Medical Humanities

Faculty: Art, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Media and Communication

Research group(s): Photographic History Research Centre

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 2506427

E: beatriz.pichel@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.dmu.ac.uk/phrc


Personal profile

Dr. Beatriz Pichel holds a PhD in history and philosophy of sciences at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain) and has been awarded a Wellcome Trust Fellowship in Medical Humanities for two years. Her work, at the crossroad of the history and theory of photography, the history emotions and the medical humanities, has examined the emergence of new meanings and experiences of death during the First World War in France, and it’s currently focused on the popularisation of psychological theories of emotions through photographs of theatrical actors at the turn of the nineteenth century.


Research group affiliations

Publications and outputs 

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Key research outputs

  • “Death that Matters. Bodies and Masculinity in French Photography During the First World War”, Krieg und Literatur/ War and Literature, March 2014-02-06.

  • “French Resentment and the Brutalization of the German During the First World War (1914-1918)” in Bernardo Fantini, Dolores Martin Moruno and Javier Moscoso (eds), On Resentment, Cambridge Publishers, Cambridge, 2013.

  • “On Honeymoon Along the Western Front. Photography and Trauma After the First World War”, in Jeanne Clark and Catherine Anne Collins (eds), Speaking the Unspeakable, Inter-Disciplinary Press, Oxford, 2013.

  • “Making Sense of Verdun. Photography and Emotions During the First World War” in Nate Hinerman (ed) Making Sense of Suffering, Inter-Disciplinary Press, Oxford, 2012.

  • “Broken Faces. Reconstructive Surgery During and After the Great War”, Endeavour, March 2010, 34 (1), 25-29.

Research interests/expertise

Dr. Pichel is primarily interested in the history and theory of photography, the history of emotions and the medical humanities, and how these disciplines can converge. Her main fields of research are war photography, particularly during the period 1914-1918, and theatrical and scientific photographs of emotions at the turn of the 19th century. She is interested in the analysis of how both official and amateur photographic practices create new knowledge and bodily experiences by making bodies visible or invisible in the public arena. These questions have lead Dr. Pichel’s work to also consider the politics embedded into photographic acts.

Areas of teaching

  •  Photographic History
  •  Photography and War
  •  Photography and Medicine
  •  Photographic Theory


  • PhD in History and Philosophy of Sciences, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain (2012)
  • M.A. in Sciences and Culture Studies, UAM, Spain (2008)
  • B.A. in Philosophy, UAM, Spain (2006)

Membership of professional associations and societies

Sociedad Española de Lógica, Metodología y Filosofía de la Ciencia.

Conference attendance

  • “Children in Pain. Photography and the Performance of Emotions in British Hospitals (1870-1940)” with Leticia Fernandez Fontecha (Greenwich University), Association of Art Historians Annual Conference, 10-12 April 2014, London.

  • “Photography and the Science of Emotions at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century”, The Emotions, 28-30 March 2014, University of Sheffield, Sheffield.

  • “Le corps mort. Le visible et l’invisible pendant la Premiere Guerre Mondiale” seminar Le corps de l’Apocalypse, 9 December 2013, CEIFR, EHHSS, Paris.

  • “Knowing the Male Body. Photographic Portraits if Facial Disfigurement During and After the First World War”, 24th International Congress on the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, 22-28 July 2013, University of Manchester, Manchester.

  • “First World War Photography and the Making of History”, Workshop on Professional Photography and Amateur Snapshots”, 27-29 June 2013, University of Nottingham.

  • “La guerra y la muerte. Curso en Nuevas Humanidades “Historia de las emociones y de la experiencia”, 15-22 April 2013, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Madrid.

  • “Death that Matters. Bodies and Masculinity in French Photography During the First World War”, Seminar PHRC, 6 March 2012, de Montfort University, Leicester.

  • “French Resentment and the Brutalization of the German During the First World War in France”, On Resentment, Interdisciplinary Workshop on the History of Emotions, 26-28 October 20111, Universite de Geneve, Geneva.

  • “Photography and Masculinity During the First World War in France”, International Conference “War in a Gender Context”, 28 September- 1 October 2011, University of Vienna, Vienna.

  • “Photographic Albums as Sites of Emotional Memory”, 6th Biennal Conference of the International Society for First World War Studies “Other Fronts, Other Wars?”, 21-24 September 2011, University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck.

  • “Memory, History and Emotions in Amateur Photography”, II Workshop “Culture, History and Emotions: Emotional Traces”, 26 April 2011, CCHS-CSIC, Madrid.

  • “Making Sense of Verdun. Photography and Emotions During the First World War in France”, Making Sense of: Suffering, 13-11 November, Prague.

  • “War and Visual Culture”, Workshop on Knowledge and Visual Culture, 25 May 2010, CCHS-CSIC, Madrid.

  • “Electrificando las tropas francesas. Representando la neurosis durante la Primera Guerra Mundial”, with Dolores Martin Moruno, VI Congreso de la Sociedad de Logica, Metodologia y Filosofia de la Ciencia, 19-21 November 2009, Universidad de Valencia, Valence.

Externally funded research grants information

Basic researcher of “The Emotional Body: Medical, Photographic and Theatrical Practices at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century in France”, funded by the Wellcome Trust Early Career Fellowships in Medical Humanities. 3rd February 2014 - 2nd February 2016.


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