UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology


Shell Shock beyond the War – A European perspective: 25th April 2022

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This Symposium was an opportunity for academic staff, clinical staff and students to discuss the psychological consequences of war, a fascinating and multidisciplinary topic with huge relevance for historical and contemporary debates, taking a European perspective on the paradigmatic example of combat stress of World War I, shell shock, and discuss the enduring relevance of psychological war trauma.

The symposium offered the ideal setting for the launch of La guerra dei nervi. Soldati traumatizzati sul fronte occidentale 1914/1918 (Guida, 2021). This book is the Italian edition of Stefanie Linden’s original work They Called It Shell Shock: Combat Stress in the First World War (Helion & Co., 2016), which provides a comprehensive analysis of the Queen Square records. This book has been translated by Rossana Rizzo, Information Assistant at UCL Queen Square Library, and includes an introductory essay by Professor Antonio Gibelli, First World War historian. 


  • Professor Simon Shorvon, UCL
  • Dr Stefanie Linden, Maastricht University
  • Professor Edgar Jones, KCL
  • Professor Antonio Gibelli, Università di Genova (remotely)
  • Dr Michael Robinson, University of Liverpool

Link to the Zoom videocall recording of the talk by Prof. Antonio Gibelli (Passcode: l*pb^N64)

Please note the written transcript of this talk is available both in English and in Italian in the symposium booklet.