Talk on boredom and the elderly



Josefa Ros Velasco, PhD., talks about boredom in the elderly

APRIL 28, 2021
17.30h – 20.15h


New book on boredom & art

UCL Press announces a new open access book on BOREDOM:

On Boredom, edited by Rye Dag Holmboe and Susan Morris. 

What do we mean when we say that we are bored? Or when we find a subject boring? Contributors to ‘On Boredom: Essays in art and writing’, which include artists, art historians, psychoanalysts and a novelist, examine boredom in its manifold and uncertain reality. Each part of the book takes up a crucial moment in the history of boredom and presents it in a new light, taking the reader from the trials of the consulting room to the experience of hysteria in the nineteenth century. The book pays particular attention to boredom’s relationship with the sudden and rapid advances in technology that have occurred in recent decades, specifically technologies of communication, surveillance and automation.

‘On Boredom’ is idiosyncratic for its combination of image and text, and the artworks included in its pages – by Mathew Hale, Martin Creed and Susan Morris – help turn this volume into a material expression of boredom itself. With other contributions from Josh Cohen, Briony Fer, Anouchka Grose, Rye Dag Holmboe, Margaret Iversen, Tom McCarthy and Michael Newman, the book will appeal to readers in the fields of art history, literature, cultural studies and visual culture, from undergraduate students to professional artists working in new media.



E. Goodstein's new chapter on boredom



Elizabeth Goodstein contributed the chapter entitled “Boredom, Temporality, and the Historical Dynamics of Abstract Negativity” to the collective volume THE DARK SIDE: PHILOSOPHICAL REFLECTIONS ON THE “NEGATIVE EMOTIONS”, edited by Paola Giacomoni, Nicolo Valentini, and Sara Dellantonio. 

Dialogue on boredom

Dialogues on the time of Covid-19 – Summer 2021

24th June | Boredom – deprivations and emptiness in the pandemic – 8:15pm – 9:45pm

Our lives have been very different in the last year. Deprived of social contacts, with visits to restaurants and pubs barred, the pleasure of concerts, theatre, art galleries suspended, and holidays only a distant dream, life has often felt emptier. Boredom has become a feature of our lives in a way not known before.

Josh Cohen, psychoanalyst, Professor of Modern Literary Theory and author of “Not Working: Why We Have to Stop” and other books, will be in conversation with Laura Salisbury, Professor in Modern Literature and Medical Humanities, whose wide ranging publications include a book on Beckett and papers on waiting and who is working on the cultural history of waiting in modernity. The dialogue will be chaired by Trudy McGuinness, psychoanalyst.

More info here

New works on boredom

New paper by Andrea Polanco, Rebecca Meagher and Georgia Mason on


Yawn: Boredom and Powerlessness in the Late Ottoman EmpireAvner Wishnitzer, Journal of Social History,