Archive for June, 2014

A Malady of Migration: A theatrical examination of diaspora, displacement and mental disorders in the 19th century

A Malady of Migration

A theatrical examination of diaspora, displacement and mental disorders in the 19th century

At a time when the issues of migration and mental health are seldom out of the news, CHM has worked with Talking Birds and the Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland to develop a new theatre production which explores why the mid-19th century saw a prevalence of mental disorders among Irish migrants.

This follows the successful collaboration with Talking Birds on ‘Trade in Lunacy’ in 2013, and will again use original music, song, humour and sharp characterisations to tell a series of intertwining stories.

The new piece is called ‘A Malady of Migration’ and is based on research being carried out by Professor Hilary Marland of Warwick and Dr Catherine Cox of University College Dublin, in a project called Madness, Migration and the Irish in Lancashire, c.1850-1921, funded by the Wellcome Trust. They are supported by postgraduate students and others, who will conduct supplementary research and take supporting roles in the drama.

Professor Hilary Marland, explains, “This is a chance to showcase our research in a way that is interesting, informative and sensitive, weaving in stories based on patients’ case histories and experiences. The aim is to make the findings of the research available to wider publics and to stimulate thinking and debate about mental illness in the past and present.”

“The performance, based on an insightful and compassionate interpretation of the historical material, reveals both change and continuity in how we view mental illness, its causes and in particular its relationship to displacement, migration, isolation and poverty.”

There will be an expert panel discussion after the Thursday evening performances in each venue and a post performance discussion on Saturday lunchtime, providing opportunities for audience members to discuss the making of the piece with researchers and the theatre company, and to engage in debate on issues raised by the performances. Details of the panellists are on the Expert Panel page – link above and here.

A series of short briefing sheets have been produced to complement the drama and provide background information. These can be accessed from the Background Reading page – link above and here.

Performance dates:

Running time approx. 55 minutes

2 performances a day (lunchtime and evening): Thursday 26th, Friday 27th, Saturday 28th June 2014


2 performances a day (lunchtime and evening): Thursday 3rd, Friday 4th, Saturday 5th July 2014

More about The Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland, University College Dublin

Talking Birds is an extraordinary, award-winning theatre company, renowned for working in unusual spaces. More about Talking Birds theatre company


2 performances a day (lunchtime and evening): Thursday 26th, Friday 27th, Saturday 28th June 2014


2 performances a day (lunchtime and evening): Thursday 3rd, Friday 4th, Saturday 5th July 2014

More details are available here.


Call for doctoral position – Globhealth ERC Project

Screenshot from 2014-06-26 13:54:14CERMES3 announces a three-year doctoral fellowship (2014-2017) financed through the European Research Council project GLOBHEALTH, “From international to global: Knowledge and diseases and the post-war government of health”. The PhD will be defended at the EHESS – Paris.

This doctoral research should centre on a critical history of the development of international research on schizophrenia and other severe mental disorders and the central role of WHO, including but not limited to the 25-year WHO international research programme on schizophrenia. It may address the scientific findings and controversies; the relationship of this research to international public health, epidemiology, psychiatry and other branches of medicine; the changing nature of expertise. The project may also focus on more recent history of the incorporation of schizophrenia into global health through new alliances (e.g. NGOs, universities, pharmaceutical markets), metrics (e.g. Global Burden of Disease), and movements for health and human rights. The nature of the project may be historical, anthropological or sociological. However, it should focus on local-global exchanges, particularly in outside Europe and North America. The doctoral project falls into the domain, “Placing mental health on the world health agenda: the globalization of a refractory problem”, one of four to be examined by the ERC programme GLOBHEALTH.

The PhD project will be located at CERMES3, Villejuif/Paris, but will involve on-site research in Geneva (WHO) and possibly sites in Africa or Asia. Supervision will be offered by Jean-Paul Gaudillière (historian) and Anne M. Lovell (medical anthropologist).

Applicants should hold a Masters’ Degree in anthropology or history, but other disciplines will be considered. Some background or interest in mental health, psychiatry, pharmaceuticals or public health is an asset. Good oral, reading and writing skills in English are required; some knowledge of French is preferable.

Applicants should include the following in their application:

  • contact details, including phone number
  • CV (degrees, educational/training experiences, work history, skills, honours/awards, publications)
  • transcripts from university diplomas
  • letter of motivation
  • draft project of 5 to 10 pages. Include: subject, materials, methods, field-site, intended outcomes,
  • dissemination and a 3-year timeline for the project.
  • Sample of writing that applicant deems relevant to the project.
  • Names and contact details of two references

Information on CERMES3 is available through
Description of the ERC Project is accessible through
The complete applications to be sent to and
Please indicate “Globalizing Schizophrenia – GLOBHEALTH” in the subject line.
The deadline for applications is July 15, 2014.

The selection will completed at the end July 2014 and the successful candidate is expected to start employment by the end of October 2014.

Fulbright Freud Visiting Scholar of Psychoanalysis, 2015-16



Fulbright-Freud Visiting Scholar of Psychoanalysis, 2015-16

Deadline: August 1, 2014

Length of Grant: 4 months

Starting Date: October 1, 2015 or March 1, 2016

Location: Sigmund Freud Foundation and Sigmund Freud Museum in Vienna

Benefits: This award includes a travel grant of Euro 800, medical and accident insurance, and a monthly stipend of Euro 3,300 per month for four months.

Language: The Austrian Fulbright Commission expects Fulbright-Freud scholars to have a high level of German proficiency, although English may be used as the language of instruction.

Qualifications: Open to associate and full professors. Several years of teaching/lecturing or professional experience in relevant fields of psychoanalysis.

Grant Activity: Conduct research at the Sigmund Freud Foundation in Vienna and teach between one or two courses or seminars on a topic related to the research project at a Viennese host institution. Applicants should explain why their research needs to be conducted in Vienna. Details of teaching assignment are to be arranged by the Sigmund Freud Foundation and the Austrian Fulbright Commission in consultation with grantee.

Specialization(s): human sciences, cultural studies, theory and/or practice of psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic studies, neurosciences in relation to psychoanalysis, arts related to psychoanalysis.

Comments: Applicants must solicit a letter of invitation from the Sigmund Freud Foundation by submitting a curriculum vitae and research/lecturing proposal. Grantee will have a workstation in the library of the Sigmund Freud Museum. Visit for more information about the Freud Museum.

Contact person: Dr. Daniela Finzi, Research, Sigmund Freud Foundation, Berggasse 19, A 1090 Vienna; ph. +431 319 15 96 0; fax: +431 317 02 79; e-Mail:

Dr. Daniela Finzi
Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin
Sigmund Freud Privatstiftung
Berggasse 19, 1090 Wien
T +43 1 319 15 96-15
F +43 1 317 02 79


Postdoc in the History of Emotions – University of Melbourne

The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (CHE) is a major research initiative with the lead organisation The University of Western Australia, and spread across four other Australian universities, one of which is The University of Melbourne. CHE fosters collaboration between researchers and industry partners from different disciplines and institutions across Australia and internationally.

In collaboration with the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne, the Centre seeks to appoint a postdoctoral research fellow to contribute to research projects in the history of emotions (Europe, 1100-1800). Working together with Professor Charles Zika the successful candidate will develop a project exploring the field of emotions and visual culture, c.1450–1750. The project might focus on such topics as: the impact of religious and political change on the emotional deployment of visual objects in the devotional, ceremonial and festive life of European communities; the passions of iconoclasm as a motor of religious, social or political change; the emotional rhetoric of visual media in advancing propaganda and polemic, legitimating religious and political authority, or stereotyping religious, ethnic or social groups; the emotional use and power of the visual in the missionizing and colonizing of societies, within Europe or abroad.

In addition to publishing his or her own research in this area, the Fellow will collaborate in publications and be involved fully in the life of the Centre. The Fellow will also assist with the co-ordination of relevant symposia and engage in public outreach. There will the opportunity to be involved in research and activities related to an exhibition on art and emotion to be held at the National Gallery of Victoria in 2017. There is an expectation that the postdoctoral fellow will be involved in some Honours/ postgraduate supervision or teaching, but this is primarily a research-only position.

Benefits include 17% superannuation and generous leave provisions; generous funds for research travel; contribution to relocation expenses. These and other benefits will be specified in the offer of employment.

The successful applicant would commence the appointment on 1 December 2014, or as soon as possible after that date.

Close date:   7 July 2014

For more information, visit

French History of Psychiatry Portal

Screenshot from 2014-06-20 11:46:37The library Henri Ey at the psychiatric hospital Sainte-Anne in Paris has created a portal that gives access to resources linked to the history of French psychiatry. If there is certainly some work to do on a graphical level, the major databases, blogs, libraries, web-pages are now all brought together on one site.

Neurosciences et psychiatrie: approches historiques et philosophiques

Screenshot from 2014-06-20 11:37:39Colloque international – UMS 3610 CAPHÉS – 27 et 28 juin 2014 à l’ENS

Vendredi 27 juin 2014 – Matinée
9h30 – Ouverture
9h45 – Yazan Abu Ghazal (Visiting Fellow, Department of History of Science, Harvard University, Doctorant à l’ENS) « The ‘Paranoia-Frage’ or the Detours of Research on Psychoses in German Speaking Psychiatry »
10h45 – Jean-Gaël Barbara (Chargé de recherche CNRS, UMR 7102) « L’évolution de la psychiatrie des années cinquante face à l’essor des neurosciences »
11h45 – Pause
12h – Dr. Boleslav Lichterman (Université médicale de Moscou) « Charcot and Russian Neurology »

Vendredi 27 juin 2014 – Après-midi
14h30 – Jean-Claude Dupont (Professeur à l’Université de Picardie, Amiens) « Contribution à une histoire des aphasies : le syndrome de Korsakoff »
15h30 – Caroline Petit (Chargée de recherche CNRS, USR 3608- République des Savoirs, ENS) « De quelques aperçus historiques sur l’hypothèse infectieuse de la schizophrénie »
16h30 – Pause
16h45 – Jean-Rémy Martin (Doctorant à l’ENS, Institut Jean Nicod) « La schizophrénie : un déficit des mécanismes de prédiction ? »
17h45 – Scott Phelps (Doctorant, Harvard University) « La méconnaissance corporelle. Les travaux de Henri Hécaen entre neurologie et psychiatrie »

Samedi 28 juin 2014 – Matinée
9h30 – Claude Debru (Professeur émérite à l’ENS, CAPHÉS) « Canguilhem, Foucault et la maladie mentale »
10h30 – Elisabetta Basso (Chercheuse postdoctorante à la Fondation Alexander von Humboldt, Technische Universität, Berlin) « Par delà la pathologie mentale et la pathologie organique : réflexions philosophiques à partir de Foucault »
11h30 – Pause
11h45 – Mireille Delbraccio (Ingénieur de recherche CNRS, CAPHÉS) « La psychanalyse à l’épreuve des neurosciences : la place de l’interrogation philosophique selon Catherine Malabou »

Samedi 28 juin 2014 – Après-midi
14h30 – Maël Lemoine (Maître de Conférences, Faculté de Médecine, Université de Tours) « Problems in the Neurobiological Picture of Depression : A Jigsaw Puzzle »
15h30 – Sarah Troubé (ATER, Université Paris Diderot) « Perception et perte de la réalité dans la schizophrénie : une interface entre psychiatrie phénoménologique et hypothèses neuroscientifiques »
16h30– Pause
16h45 – Romain Schneckenburger (Doctorant ENS/Paris Diderot) « Quelle neuropsychiatrie pour le mésencéphale ? L’hallucinose pédonculaire dans l’œuvre de Jean Lhermitte (1922-1948) »
17h45 – Discussion générale

Renseignements auprès de Mireille Delbraccio :


Call for paper – Ageing: Between Science and Politics


Ageing is often limited to a biological process only.

Conference Objectives

Since the mid-twentieth century, the ageing population has gradually become a major challenge in the industrialised countries for both politics and research. For long, interest in these topics has been sustained by the evolution of the age pyramid, ‘alarmist demography’ (Katz, 1992) along with the fear of a ‘decline’ in population.

On the one hand, ageing has become a specialisation in many disciplines: medicine, sociology, psychology, to name but three. New ‘regions of knowledge’ (Bernstein, 2007) have been emerging, but unevenly so over time and across space: the sociology of ageing in France, cultural gerontology on the American continent, gerontology and geriatrics all over the world (Achenbaum, 1995; Moulaert, 2012; Leborgne-Uguen, Pennec, 2012). How has ageing become a delineated object and what are the limits that differentiate it from other fields of knowledge? Which features create the contexts for its progressive specialisation? Which epistemological issues do these areas of knowledge face? What effects do they or can they have on their objects?

On the other hand, welfare states also target specific parts of the population for both social and health policies, such as elderly people, people with loss of autonomy, ‘seniors’ or older workers. In Europe, most twentieth-century laws in this field are economic in nature. With the advent of industrial society and the concomitant ‘institutionalisation of the life course’ (Kohli, 1986; Glootz 2009), the object of this legislation has been the livelihood/relief of those who are too old to ensure their survival through work. The implementation of pensions, the mandatory assistance for the elderly poor, or the financial compensations for their ‘dependency’, all these ‘managing’ laws retain a biological approach to ageing. They are based on the idea of a natural decline that must be compensated while representing a threat to national economics. But does this apparent consensus not eclipse local differences?

In addition, we particularly want to question the relationship between policies and knowledge that legitimises and underpins these laws. Which expertise is required? Who holds it? Which hierarchies exist between fields of knowledge in political discourses and actions? Which links are established between production of specific knowledge and the production of ageing policies? How do science and politics nourish each other? To what degree does this division follow a specialisation justified by its object on the one hand, and a division of intellectual and political labour on the other?

The ‘biomedicalisation’ (Foucault, 1976) of elderly persons has already been partially described and studied. But what about the role of social sciences in the circumscription of ageing issues? Research in the social sciences has shown little interest in their own effects on the object of ageing. And yet, the growing attention to professional practices, the professionalisation and lifelong-learning of professional and informal caregivers, etc. seems to mobilise and re-contextualise knowledge from the humanities and social sciences. What effects has the use of such knowledge on the ‘field’? In return, how does this use impact on the disciplines and the production of knowledge?

We invite scholars from the humanities, social sciences, and law to develop local as well as international and comparative approaches to issues related to ageing on one of the following three themes.

Theme 1 – Construction Processes

The first theme aims to trace genealogies of knowledge and politics on ageing. At what times did such concepts emerge, mutate, and eventually come into competition? Which controversies and tensions did these processes produce? Which ‘knowledge’ deserves to be developed, investigated, and/or funded? Who has been taking part in such processes, and what role have these people been playing? This theme particularly invites papers with a historical or socio-historical perspective on ageing.

Theme 2 – The Role of social sciences

This theme invites papers on ‘reflexive’ research in the social sciences at large (or ‘critical’ research in the sense of ‘critical gerontology’ as proposed by Moody, 1993). Which effects did/can/will the production of such knowledge have on its object? How public policy and science frame age? How do they influence each other ? Are their boundaries of old age the same? How do they (re)define these boundaries?

Theme 3 – Specialisation, formation, professionalisation

The third theme looks at jobs and professionals in the public and private administration of ageing: the specialisation of career paths, the extension to existing fields such as social work or nursing, the development of skills transferred to the specificity of the elderly, the reflection on interdisciplinary approaches (case manager, etc.), etc. What contemporary issues run through many practices produced by public policies related to ageing? What areas and what professional practices emerge when ageing is seen as a ‘social problem’ or, conversely, when it is thought of as ‘opportunity’ in notions such as ‘active ageing’ or ‘ageing well’? Which solutions are presented for which issues? What is the expertise of professionals based on? What problems do they face? What questions do they ask themselves? If the culture of evaluation of professional practice now seems transversal, what are its possible specificities in this field?

Conference Organisation

The conference will take place over 12-13 March 2015 in Luxembourg.

How to submit a proposal for a paper?

Proposals for papers can be submitted in French, English, or German. They are limited to 1000 words, but should clearly indicate the methods and theoretical frameworks on which the paper is based.

Papers will be selected by the scientific board of the conference. The chosen speakers will be asked to send a text of maximum 30.000 characters (spaces included) to the conference coordinator. This text will serve as a base to the chairs for the ensuing discussions.

A selection of the best papers will be published.

Deadline for the submission of proposals: 31 July 2014
Reply from the scientific board to the speakers: 15 September 2014

Scientific Board

Prof. Dieter Ferring, Head of the Research Unit INSIDE, University of Luxembourg.
Dr Martine Hoffmann, Head of Research at RBS-Center fir Altersfroen, Luxembourg. Ms Lucie Lechevalier-Hurard, PhD student, IRIS-Université Paris XIII, France.
Dr Iris Loffeier, Post-doctoral researcher, IPSE, University of Luxembourg.
Prof. Benoît Majerus, Assistant Professor, Research Unit IPSE, University of Luxembourg.
Dr Thibauld Moulaert, researcher at REIACTIS (France) and associate researcher at the Université Catholique de Louvain and the Université de Liège, Belgium.
Dr Isabelle Tournier, Post-doctoral researcher, INSIDE, University of Luxembourg.

Dr Iris Loffeier, post-doctoral researcher, IPSE, University of Luxembourg.
Ms Sophie Richelle, PhD candidate, IPSE, University of Luxembourg.
Ms Johanna Tietje, PhD candidate, IPSE, University of Luxembourg.
Ms Manon Pinatel, PhD candidate, IPSE, University of Luxembourg.


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