2019 - 2020 Modern Volume 12

The Idiots, Insane and Mad: How projections of mental illness in Indian lunatic asylums protected British imperialism.

By Shaye Mistry It becomes an almost impossible task to single out how colonial Britain saw mental health in a period of high colonialism. In the contemporary, however,  psychiatric science was by its very nature a by-product of colonialism. In India, traditional methods of healing and dealing with madness were common and available to the …

2019 - 2020 Modern Volume 12

The Importance of Teaching Colonial History to Tackle Contemporary Racism

By Rebecca Mason The Holocaust has been remembered in history as one of the most devastating atrocities on behalf of humanity. The large-scale and centrally coordinated genocidal attack on minority groups, mostly constituting of Jews, possesses the largest magnitude of deaths in history. Yet, the many other acts of genocides that were of consistent occurrence …

2019 - 2020 Modern Volume 12

Shell Shock: The First World War, masculinity and mental health

By Eleanor Stokes The First World War commenced during the summer of 1914 as a result of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Six months into the international conflict the term ‘shell shock’ first appeared in the medical journal The Lancet. Although soldiers themselves had utilized the phrase, Captain Charles Myers of the Royal Army …

2019 - 2020 Modern Volume 12

Asylums, Optimism, and Moral Treatment: Was Victorian mental health care as cruel as we believe?

Print of Middlesex County Asylum and grounds at Hanwell, 1843

By Kerry Lindeque When we picture Victorian-era asylums and mental illness images of brutal treatment, inadequate living conditions and physical punishment come to mind. But this was not always the case. In the early 1800s, attitude towards care of the mentally ill shifted away from security and containment and towards a system that ‘aimed to …

2019 - 2020 Modern Volume 12

Reductionism and Mental Health: Looking beyond explanation

By Aisling McGee In a world where we seek clear answers and solutions to all things, in which precision and reduction seems to move our modern world, mental health fails to fit into this neat and reducible construction. Sanitation and vaccination initiatives remain the success stories of the reducible scientific precision that has characterised the …

2019 - 2020 Modern Volume 12

Legacies of Mental Suffering: How do the responses to war and the COVID-19 crisis emphasise a critical need for further support?

By Elodie Lunniss Dispirited and down encapsulates how masses of people across the globe are feeling in these distressing times. By the first week of April, over half of the 7.8 billion people that inhabit the earth were under lockdown due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Such an absence of normality and the anxiety surrounding …