Archive for September, 2011

Psyences project (NYC) – 2011-2012 program

v hugoThe Humanities Institute and the Institute for the History of Production of Knowledge at NYU have put together this year’s program for the “Psyences project”:

21 October 2011: Andreas Mayer (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science) – “Dream Archives”

3 February 2012: Louis Sass & Elizabeth Pienkos (Rutgers University) – “The Uncanny Valley. Language and Mood in Schizophrenia, Melancholia and Mania”

30 March 2012: Janis Jenkins (UC San Diego) – “Land of Enchantment? Rage Among Youth in the American Southwest”

4 May 2012: Don Kulick (University of Chicago) – Excessibility Guidelines: How to Facilitate and how to Impede the Sex Lives of People with Severe Disabilities in Two Very Contrasting Welfare States”

All events take place on Fridays, 3-5 pm in the Torch Club (18, Waverly Place between Greene and Mercer, NYC)

Please RSVP to

For more information, email Emily Martin –

CFP: Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture for SSPC 2012

SSPC is pleased to announce the call for papers for the 2012 annual meeting in New York, May 9-11, 2012. Abstracts are due no later than November 1, 2011, and all abstracts will be peer reviewed. Preference will be given to papers that relate to the theme of the meeting, “Globalization and the Dilemmas of Multiculturalism”. Preference will be given to papers that reflect the following topics for which we are planning symposia:
Globalization and the dilemmas of multiculturalism

Treatment of torture victims
LGBT issues across cultures
Disasters and cultural psychiatry
Aging in a multicultural society
Treatment of immigrant families across cultures

We also will have sessions for free papers, and a dedicated trainee session.

Abstracts must not exceed 200 words in length. All submissions must include at least two learning objectives, and be accompanied by the cover page.

For more information, click here.

Programme des “jeudis de la Bium”


Jeudi 6 octobre 2011

Michel Caire. Actualités. Présentation du programme. Ouvrages récents et actualité.

L’Homme qui se prenait pour Napoléon. Pour une histoire politique de la folie, de Laure Murat. Gallimard, septembre 2011; 382 p., ill.

Gérard Encausse dit PAPUS 1865-1916, médecin, théosophe, collaborateur de Jules Luys

La Loi du 5 juillet 2011

Jeudi 3 novembre 2011

Michel Caire. Des Lettres de cachet à la Loi du 5 juillet 2011 : trois siècles et demi d’internement psychiatrique.

Jeudi 1er décembre 2011

Michel Caire. Histoire et philologie. Usage et étymologie du vocabulaire psychiatrique ancien (le vocabulaire de la folie dans Le Jeu d’Adam ou Jeu de La Feuillée (Adam de la Halle, 1276), dans les écrits concernant la folie du roi Charles VI (1392-1422) et dans La Farce de Maistre Pathelin, composée entre 1456 et 1469, 1ère éd. 1486).

Jeudi 5 janvier 2012

Michel Caire. De quelques thérapeutiques oubliées (XIXème-XXème siècle). Le siècle dernier n’est pas en reste sur le précédent pour ce qui est de l’inventivité en matière de thérapeutique de la folie. Aux méthodes mécaniques violentes et extraordinaires (machines rotatoires, bains de surprise, etc.) ont succédé divers procédés essentiellement électriques, chimiques et biologiques dont l’incongruité le dispute à l’insolite (administration d’une suspension de cerveau de porc électrochoqué, électrochocthérapie intracrânienne par application directe sur le cortex, sympathicothérapie ou touche nasale, etc.).

Jeudi 2 février 2012

Michel Caire. Être médecin des asiles au XIXème siècle. Grandeur et servitude.

Jeudi 1er mars 2012

Agnès Berthomeu, Michel Caire. De l’Infirmerie Spéciale du Dépôt à l’Infirmerie Psychiatrique près la Préfecture de Police. Psychiatrie et ordre public à Paris, des années 1840 à nos jours.

Jeudi 5 avril 2012

Michel Caire. « A MORT LES INCURABLES ! A MORT ! » La question de l’euthanasie des malades mentaux dans l’entre-deux-guerres en Allemagne et en France.

Jeudi 3 mai 2012

Michel Caire. Vestiges parisiens de lieux de soins psychiatriques.

Jeudi 7 juin 2012

Séance délocalisée aux Archives de Paris (Boulevard Serrurier XIXème arrondissement)

Audrey Ceselli, Michel Caire. Les fonds de Maison-Blanche et de Sainte-Anne conservés aux Archives de Paris.

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CFP: ASA/SDS panel on suicide and disability (Puerto Rico/Denver)

Kathleen Brian, PhD student at the George Washington University, sent us the following Call for paper:

I’m hoping to form a panel on suicide and disability, broadly conceived, for the 2012 annual meeting of either the American Studies Association (San Juan, November 15-18) or  the Society for Disability Studies (Denver, June 20-23).

While assisted suicide is a long-established problem for those working in the field of disability studies, these scholars have been more reticent about the topics of suicide attempted/ accomplished by the individual, and the intersection of rhetorics of suicide and disability. This panel (as currently conceptualized) seeks to create a conversation around the latter two, though I also am happy to consider proposals that shed new light on the problem of assisted suicide.

Interested individuals may contact me off-list at

New article: “Eugen Bleuler’s Place in the History of Psychiatry”

berriosGerman Berrios (Emeritus Professor and Chair of the Epistemology of Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge) has written an article in the Schizophrenia Bulletin entitled “Eugen Bleuler’s Place in the History of Psychiatry“.

The article starts thus:

Like the guildsmen of old, 19th century Alienists (now psychiatrists) also realized that a pantheon of proceres would be useful to their trade and social standing: by the 1850s, national pantheons had already been constituted and by the early 20th century, a well-populated international Valhalla was in existence. Ever since it has been required that the anniversaries of the pantheonized be dutifully posted (In relation to Bleuler’s anniversaries, see, for example, the note by Fusar-Poli and Politi 1 posted in the American Journal of Psychiatry.).This notwithstanding, the rules for pantheonization remain unclear and their enactors shadowy. To do justice to Eugen Bleuler’s place in the pantheon of psychiatry, this obscurity needs some illumination.

It is a common historical observation that current psychiatrists tend to select for special attention only some of the many accounts of madness developed in earlier times. Although the reasons for such selection have never been fully explored, it is customary to accept the view that no prescription is involved and that the accounts in question select themselves on account of their scientificity and truth-making power. It follows that those responsible for such accounts are considered as anticipators or pioneers of a current truth. In other words, their entitlement to a place in the psychiatric pantheon is determined not by their contemporary values but by those reigning in the present.

This way of getting into the psychiatric pantheon is perilously dependent upon the quality and stability of the said selection criteria. If, as proclaimed, the criterion in question is the “truth” of science, then the pantheonized have little to worry about; but if it is socioeconomic or political convenience, then pantheon membership becomes a precarious affair and psychiatry should be required to set in place rules for depantheonization.

Against this backdrop, what is Eugen Bleuler’s entitlement?

To access the entire article, click here.

Conference – Emotions and Medicine in the 20th century

mpiThe Max Planck Institute for Human Development is hosting an international conference at the end of September on “Emotions and Medicine in the 20th century” with the following program:

Thursday, September 22nd

13.45 – 14.15 Welcome
Ute Frevert
Opening remarks
Bettina Hitzer / Anja Laukötter

Panel 1: Theorizing emotions within the body
Chair: Benno Gammerl

14.15 – 16.15 Eric Engstrom (Berlin)
Emil Kraepelin on affective disorders
Claudia Wassmann (Berlin)
“If you are a failure, change your personality” –
JB Watson and the Behaviorist view of the emotions

16.15 – 16.30 Coffee break

16.30 – 18.00 Otniel E. Dror (Jerusalem/California)
What is a “physiological” emotion?
Christopher Lane (Chicago)
How shyness became an illness,
and other cautionary tales about the DSM

Friday, September 23rd

Panel 2: Working with emotions. Medical research and practice
Chair: Rob Boddice

9.00 – 10.30 Bettina Hitzer (Berlin)
Emotions that matter. Preventing and detecting cancer
Wolfgang Gaissmaier (Berlin)
Emotions as an obstacle to evidence-based practice

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break

11.00 – 12.30 Susanne Michl (Greifswald)
(De-)Emotionalizing the doctor-patient
relationship in Germany in the 20th century
Susanne Kreutzer (Osnabrück)
Comfort and security as healing factors. Christian and scientific
in the West German nursing practice

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch break
Panel 3: Campaigning with emotions
Chair: Jan Plamper

14.00 – 16.00 Anja Laukötter (Berlin)
Moral threats and emotional addressing.
From venereal diseases to AIDS in educational films
Patrice Pinell (Paris)
Converting emotions into militantism: the rise and development
of the AIDS mobilizations in France
Antje Kampf (Mainz)
Probing the history of emotions: ‘narratives of unease’ in
of androgen-deprivation therapy, prostate cancer and the aging male

16.00 – 16.30 Coffee break

17.15 – 18.30 Thomas Schnalke (Berlin)
Guided tour in the Museum of Medical History,
Berlin: Museums Objects and Emotions

Saturday, September 24th
Panel 4: Harming emotions / Curing emotions
Chair: Uffa Jensen

9.00 – 10.30 Wilfried Witte (Berlin)
Concepts of pain and the development
of pain management in the 20th century
Christine Holmberg (Berlin)
Emotions in doctor-patient relationships. Asymptomatic diseases

10.30 – 10.45 Coffee break

10.45 – 12.15 Rhodri Hayward (London)
Psychology and the pursuit of serenity in Post-War Britain
Matthias Leanza (Freiburg)
Emotional immunisation: Emotion as threat and preventive resource
in the theory of salutogenesis

12.15 – 12.45 Lunch break

12.45 – 13.45 Concluding discussion

For info and registration, email
For general information, see

Autumn events – Institute of Psychoanalysis (London)

inst psychoanalysisThe Institute of Psychoanalysis in London has just released this year’s Autumn schedule:

21 September 2011
Comparing the Incomparable and Formalising the Unformulated: the Problem of Clinical Research in Psychoanalysis

Science tries to build consensus about truth by making formal statements about “reality”. These claims are shared by supporting them with the most transparent possible foundations. Defined in that way and following Bion, we can say scientific knowledge is the product of “work group” rather than “basic assumption” group functioning. By extension, insofar as we aim to function as a “work group” and base our ideas on reality, then knowledge about psychoanalysis needs to be developed as a scientific undertaking and to be very firmly geared to the task of relating what we do to what we can sense about it and share with each other.

Making consensually agreed statements about the inner and outer realities that psychoanalysts study is frustratingly difficult. But difficulty is not a reason to abandon the exercise and so, inevitably, resort to truth claims based on omnipotent thinking and basic assumption group functioning.

In this lecture David Tuckett will ask how we can know and share what we as psychoanalysts do when we do psychoanalysis and how we define and communicate our differences to each other in a rigorous way – so that we can understand what they “really” are and reflect on them respectfully.

He will set out a number of brief clinical examples of what appear to be both different and similar styles of work and then consider what are the problems we encounter – if we try to be rigorous in our comparisons as well as about how they might be overcome.

24 September 2011
Philosophy and Psychoanalysis: Thinking about Projective Identification

Psychoanalyst Priscilla Roth and former psychiatrist, author and philosophy lecturer Louise Braddock will talk about the concept of projective identification, a concept of great interest to psychoanalysts and philosophers which raises questions about, among other things, identity and boundaries.

Psychoanalyst Priscilla Roth will refer to the kinds of complex mental mechanisms often used by people to manage extremely difficult emotional experiences, and to the ways in which psychoanalysts have been able to observe and understand these mental mechanisms. Using clinical material she will show how and why projective identifications emerge within an analysis and that they often need not be static, but may be ready to respond to developments in within the analytic relationship.

Former psychiatrist, author and philosophy teacher Louise Braddock will go on to explore projective identification in relation to imagination. She says: “Projective identification presents a conceptual challenge to philosophy. The psychoanalytic language used to describe its operation does not readily ‘translate’ into the terms or the ideas used by philosophers to theorise the mind. However, the exceptional clarity of the clinical description in Priscilla Roth’s paper provides a basis for attempting a philosophical account that will make this key psychoanalytic concept clear to lay persons, those not trained in what Michael Rustin has called the ‘craft skill of psychoanalytic observation of subtle mental processes.

From 5 October 2011
Introductory Lectures

This two-part series of lectures on psychoanalysis, each followed by a discussion in small seminar groups, provides an overall view of the core concepts in psychoanalysis and their main applications. Participants are provided with basic texts for each lecture. Further reading is suggested and is available in the Institute’s library. The course is suitable for people new in the field, as well as those with experience.

The meetings are held weekly during the autumn and spring terms at The Institute of Psychoanalysis, London.

The Introductory Lectures and seminars are also given in Belfast, Colchester and Leeds.

To ensure continuity of discussion, participants are encouraged to attend the entire series of lectures and their accompanying seminars. (See for a complete list)

15 October 2011
Music and Psychoanalysis

This event will investigate the themes of external and internal migration in dramatic masterpieces of Shakepeare and Verdi: Otello, Othello and La Traviata. Chaired by David Black.

After discussing some of the characteristics of the leading characters in La Traviata, Francis Grier will set out the principal events and preoccupations in Verdi’s personal life at the time of writing and staging the opera, and the possible unconscious significance of the opera to the composer.

Richard Rusbridger will identify some themes of psychoanalytic interest in Shakespeare’s Othello, and see to what extent, and in what way, Verdi’s music in Otello reflects these.

27 October 2011
James MacKeith Memorial Lecture: What Price Imprisonment?

Lord Ramsbotham will draw from his experience as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons (1995-2001) and from his book Prisongate – the shocking state of Britain’s Prisons and the need for visionary change (2003) to address the question of why the prison system was neither structured nor organised to achieve its central aim: that of protecting the public by preventing re-offending. The very high reconviction rate demonstrates this failure.

He will analyse the prison management emphasis on process rather than outcomes and the inadequate provision of programmes designed to help prisoners to live law-abiding lives. He will also look at the apparent fixation on the ‘bad’ element of the prison population and the insufficient attention paid to the much larger ‘sad’ and ‘mad’ element, virtually all of whom return to society. He will suggest proposals for how change might be brought about stimulated by today’s economic situation.

28 October 2011
About Memory, Interpretation and Object Relation in Today’s Psychoanalysis

The guiding principle of this lecture will be the work of figurability. Cesar Botella will present some clinical sessions which will show the limitations of the notions of memory, interpretation and object relation, and the necessity, especialy for borderline patients, to open up new ways of viewing psychoanalytic practice.

3-6 November 2011
Sixth European Psychoanalytic Film Festival

Border-Crossing: Migration Across National and Mental States

The Sixth European Psychoanalytic Film Festival (epff6) will include screenings of some remarkable European films under the theme Border-Crossing: Migration Across National and Mental States. Join us for:

– Discussions of the films with their directors, psychoanalysts and the audience
– Lectures and round-tables with analysts and film scholars
– A social programme to accompany the festival

The festival is aimed at anyone with a passion for cinema who would like the opportunity to see and explore excellent European films, providing a forum for creative dialogue between psychoanalysts and psychotherapists, film makers, academics, critics, students and film enthusiasts. It is organised by The Institute of Psychoanalysis under the Honorary Presidency of Bernardo Bertolucci.

Fore more information, visit

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