Parution de livre: Extension du domaine psy (Hervé Guillemain)


A paraître le 22 janvier 2014: Extension du domaine psy par Hervé Guillemain.

Sous la permanente reconfiguration des catégories pathologiques, peut-on saisir les tendances contemporaines à l’œuvre ? Signalent-elles une médicalisation accrue des états d’âmes ou, au contraire, une forme de déprise médicale laissant toute sa place aux interventions des patients et des acteurs sociaux dans la définition de la maladie mentale ? Sommes-nous devenus les acteurs de notre folie, les entrepreneurs de nos problèmes mentaux ? Il semble qu’il soit devenu de plus en plus difficile d’échapper à l’emprise du « domaine psy ». En s’appuyant sur une mise en perspective historique et des éclairages sur notre époque, les articles de ce volume décrivent les interactions entre le patient, les définitions toujours mouvantes de la science et le regard que les sociétés portent sur la souffrance psychologique.


Table de matières

- Hervé Guillemain, Les frontières de la psychiatrie aujourd’hui

La médicalisation des humeurs

- Jérémie Majorel, Histoire d’un affect, la mélancolie

- Pierre-Henri Castel, Folie du Vieux Monde, folie du Nouveau Monde

Les nouvelles frontières de la souffrance psychique

- Évelyne Grossman, Les nouveaux sujets de la souffrance cérébrale

- Nadège Vezinat, Le stress au travail : pathologie ou symptôme ?

Le sujet, l’histoire, la science

- Aude Fauvel, Hystérique mais pas si folle

- Laurence Bertrand Dorléac, Quand l’histoire rend fou


Vu sur: La vie des idées.

Museums at Night Competition: Bethlem Archives

A history of psychiatry project that might interest H-Madness readers:

Bethlem Archives and Museum are through to the public voting stage to win photographer Rankin for a day, as part of the Museums at Night Connect 10 competition. Readers can vote for the project to go ahead by visiting: before 28 January.

If we win, we will hold a public workshop focusing on the mid-19th century photographs taken by society photographer Henry Hering. Hering photographed the faces of scores of Bethlem patients, examining the resulting images in order to detect the patients’ mental health conditions through their facial expressions and features. For more on this renowned collection, see: (please feel free to reproduce one of the images on the blog, credited to The Bethlem Art and History Collections Trust)

Keeping the Hering collection firmly in mind, the Museum plans to work with Rankin to create a new permanent collection of portraits. The project will raise awareness of the extent of mental illness, helping to work away at prejudices by showing that it is not always clear from a person’s appearance that they are unwell.

It would be greatly appreciated if you could help us promote the project and win the public vote!

Kind regards,


Dr. Sarah Chaney

Research Associate

UCL Centre for the History of Psychological Disciplines

Workshop: “Soul Catchers – A Material History of the Mind Sciences” (Princeton, February 2014)

Soul Catchers – A Material History of the Mind Sciences 

A History of Science Workshop at Princeton University – February 7/8, 2014

Organized by Katja Guenther (Princeton) and Volker Hess (Charité/ Humboldt), and jointly funded by the Princeton-Humboldt Strategic Partnership, the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies, and the History of Science Program

A soul catcher is a piece of incised bear femur decorated with animal heads. It is plugged with cedar bark on both ends, to catch and contain those ephemeral things that are often described by the term “soul” – a lost soul or an evil spirit. While the soul catcher today strikes us the work of superstition, and the product of an animistic culture, it resembles in both its form and function other, more mainstream, objects. Many technologies in the modern world, in daily life and in science, in the clinic and in the laboratory, might also in their way be labeled “soul catchers.” The psychoanalyst’s couch, the writer’s pen and paper, or the heavy machinery of scanners, processors, or EEG machines that populate our hospitals and research centers all try to catch that elusive object, which in the eighteenth- century was still called rather unproblematically the “soul.” Two hundred years later, the epistemic object caught in notebooks, photographs, film, PET scans, brain sections or electric circuits shows itself to be just as indeterminate as the soul caught in the hollow femur of the shaman.

This is not to downplay differences between these technologies of “soul catching,” which are indeed impossible to miss. Only a short glance reveals differences of complexity and scale, of cultural authority and plausibility. These differences also reflect many of the oppositions that structure the modern world: science versus superstition, mainstream versus marginal, and the finer differentiations between psychoanalysis, psychology, neurology, brain science, and criminology amongst others. But as the history of science teaches us, some of these divisions are new, and others have been constantly renegotiated over the past two hundred years. To use them to delimit the object of analysis would thus also pre-determine many of the results, and keep the research anchored to the categories of the present, upon whose genesis and constitution it might otherwise shed light.

For this reason, this workshop will try to lower the disciplinary boundaries that have traditionally kept these technologies separate, in order to examine the workings, problems, and futures of the technologies and the souls that they are catching. All these technologies confront the problem of how to use material objects in order to grasp something usually considered immaterial. Spirit photography attempts to capture traces of a departed spirit, a physical mark left on the photographic plate, as a sign of something we otherwise cannot see. So too, a PET scanner visualizes brain activity, representing “neural correlates” of depression, ethics, and more recently, love. Souls can be visualized, but they can also be written. The medical case history captures the mental disease of a psychiatric patient, the pen held by the writer of écriture automatique offers a point of access to the creative mind. Others have tried to grasp the soul through the expressiveness of the body. The measure of stress hormones in a laboratory animal allows us some access to its experience of stress, the lie detector is sensitive to minor vegetative changes in the body which supposedly can separate truth from falsehood.

While the workshop tries to break down certain distinctions, it also has the potential of providing new taxonomies. Would it be possible to divide up these soul catchers by the type of soul caught (emotional, pathological, spiritual, etc.)? Are the key divisions marked by the functions of the devices deployed (machines that make the invisible visible, that capture the ephemeral, that cultivate or produce certain mental states)? Or do the goals for which the catching process is deployed matter most (to analyze, to heal, to police)? 

*Please note that attendees are required to read pre-circulated papers prior to the workshop.

To register and access papers, contact Jackie Wasneski at

Click here for additional information.

CfP – Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society: a postgraduate conference (London, June 2014)



Saturday, 14 June, 2014

We invite postgraduate students and research fellows to submit proposals for papers on psychoanalysis or psychoanalytically informed research. Papers may be from any academic discipline, including psychology, sociology, cultural studies, psychosocial studies, history, literature, art, religious studies or philosophy. We also welcome proposals on clinical or theoretical topics from students on psychoanalytic trainings.

This one-day conference is designed to give postgraduate students from all disciplines who are interested in psychoanalysis an opportunity to present and discuss their research in an informal and intellectually stimulating setting.

Abstracts of 300 words (maximum) should include a title, the name of your university or training organisation and a telephone number. Papers should be no more than 20 minutes long. A further 10 minutes will be allowed for discussion. Sessions of 1½ hours will have space for three papers. There will be concurrent panels to accommodate as many papers as possible. The day will end with a plenary.

The conference takes place at the Hendon Campus of Middlesex University (30 minutes from central London) between 9:30 and 5:30 on Saturday, 14 June, 2014. Tea, coffee and a light lunch will be provided. The conference fee is £40 for presenters and attendees.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is Friday, 23  May, 2014. Early submission and registration is recommended. Abstracts and queries should be sent to: David Henderson,


Centre for Psychoanalysis:

Parution de livre: Les « Folles De Balleuil » (Sophie Richelle)

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Paroles de femmes, paroles de folles… Cet ouvrage, qui reprend le texte d’un mémoire présenté en vue de l’obtention du titre de Master en histoire primé par l’Université des Femmes en 2013, explore le destin de certaines femmes enfermées à l’asile de Bailleul entre 1880 et 1914.

Aux contours de l’essentiel absent, Sophie Richelle, part à la rencontre de leur vécu au fil d’un récit captivant, qui décrit leur expérience d’aliénée de manière à la fois humaine et scientifique à travers l’étude approfondie de leur environnement et de leurs conditions d’internement, et cite de larges extraits de leurs écrits.

Des pistes sont également lancées pour une histoire de la folie, et en particulier celle de la folie au féminin : quelles représentations s’en faisaient alors les médecins ? Perçues comme irresponsables, irrationnelles, et émotives par nature, les femmes sont indéniablement plus enclines aux dysfonctionnements de l’esprit à leurs yeux.

Une exploration passionnante dans les archives asiliaires et le monde de la psychiatrie qui réveille, le temps d’un mémoire, les voix de ces « folles de Bailleul ».

En 2013, prix Suzanne Tassier, décerné chaque année par la Faculté de Philosophie et Lettres de l’Université libre de Bruxelles, a été décerné à Sophie Richelle pour son mémoire “Les “folles de Bailleul”. Expériences et conditions d’internement dans un asile français (1880-1914)”.

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Conference: History and Psychoanalysis during the Postwar Period

Frued,_Psychoanalysis_web_480_300_s_c1Friday, April 4, 2014 – Saturday, April 5, 2014

The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room

Organized by Prof. Michal Shapira, Tel Aviv University, for the New York Area Consortium for Intellectual and Cultural History.

Despite the continuous interest in psychoanalysis as a modern system of thought and interpretation, the history of the discipline and the study of analysts other than Sigmund Freud are still developing. This two-day conference will bring together historians, gender studies scholars, and psychoanalysts to explore the impact of the Second World War on psychoanalysis in the post-1945 era and of psychoanalysis itself on different postwar societies and cultures. The conference will try to examine the question regarding the special relationship that psychoanalysis had with democracy and with democratization in the postwar period. More broadly, the conference will also reopen the question of how to do the history of psychoanalysis, with what archives, and which methodologies. The event will continue the discussion from a first conference in London (organized by Daniel Pick and Matt Ffytche in 2013) focusing on psychoanalysis in the age of totalitarianism and the Second World War. The London conference had generated great interest from scholars across fields and we will continue this discussion at the Heyman Center, Columbia University, 4-5 April 2014.

Presentations will be 20-minutes arranged in panels, followed by discussion, all in a plenary format.

Please visit the conference website for all information.

For questions please email:

Spring 2014 Richardson History of Psychiatry Research Seminars (Weill Cornell, NYC)

Spring 2014

The Richardson History of Psychiatry Research Seminar

Convenes on the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays from September through May

 2:00 PM Baker Tower Conference Room F-1200

January 15

No Lecture – American Psychoanalytic Meeting

February 5

Joseph Fins, Weill Cornell Medical College
“Daniel Patrick Moynihan and the Defense of Academic Medicine”

February 19

Carl Schoonover, Ph.D., Axel Laboratory, Columbia University
“Visualizing Neural Structure: Historical Development and Contemporary Practice”

March 5

Nathan Kravis, M.D., Weill Cornell Medical College
“Whence the Couch?”

March 19

Edward Brown, M.D., Brown University
“François Leuret: The Last Moral Therapist”

April 2

Max Fink, M.D., Stonybrook University Medical School
“The Creation of Catatonia, its Co-option in Schizophrenia, and its Revival: Failure of Obeisance to Kraepelin”

April 16

Alexandra Bacopoulos-Viau, Ph.D., New York University
“From the ‘writing cure’ to the ‘talking cure’: Revisiting the discovery of the unconscious”

May 7

Sabine Arnaud, Ph.D., Max Planck Institute für Wissenschaftsgeschichte
“Deafness, Norms, and the Distribution of Expertise in the Late Nineteenth Century” 

May 21

Akihito Suzuki, School of Economics, Keio University
Eric T. Carlson Memorial Lecture: Grand Rounds, Uris Auditorium
“Madness, Marriage, and Migration: Eugenics and Japanese Society”

Richardson Seminar, Room f1190
“Modernism and Mental Illness in Early Twentieth-Century Tokyo”

* PLEASE NOTE: Space is limited. Attendance by permission only.

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