Archive for November, 2016

CfP Special Issue on the History of Global Psychology and Psychiatry

History of Psychology invites submissions for a special issue on the history of psychology and psychiatry in the global world.

Until recently, historical research in the history of psychology and psychiatry tended to focus on the development of these disciplines in the western world exclusively. When the rest of the world was taken into account, it was often portrayed as the recipient of western insights and not as a place where psychological and psychiatric knowledge originated or where practitioners made genuine contributions to both fields. Over the past two or three decades, historians of psychiatry have devoted ample energy to the history of colonial psychiatry, analyzing developments in the non-western world. Historians of psychology, however, have arguably paid less attention to developments in the non-western world.

In this special issue, we seek to consolidate and extend the historical analysis of psychology and psychiatry beyond the Atlantic or western world. We welcome original contributions on initiatives and developments in the colonial era. In addition, we seek to expand historical interest in the post-colonial era, starting with the Cold War and coming up to the present.

The submission deadline is May 15, 2017.

The main text of each manuscript, exclusive of figures, tables, references, or appendices, should not exceed 35 double spaced pages (approximately 7,500 words). Initial inquiries regarding the special issue may be sent to the guest editors, Hans Pols (University of Sydney) <> and Harry Yi-Liu Wu (University of Hong Kong) <> or the regular editor, Nadine Weidman <>.

Manuscripts should be submitted through the History of Psychology Manuscript Submission Portal with a cover letter indicating that the paper is to be considered for the special issue. Please see the Instructions to Authors information located on the History of Psychology website.


Call for Paper – The Politics of the Mind. Mental hygiene in Europe in the Twentieth century

Dispensaire d'Hygiène Mentale à Charleroi dans les années 1950

Dispensaire d’Hygiène Mentale à Charleroi dans les années 1950

Call for panelists – Conference of the French History of the History of Science and Technology – Strasbourg 19-21 april 2017
The Politics of the Mind

Mental hygiene in Europe in the Twentieth century
Organized by Grégory Dufaud (CERMES3-CNRS) and Nicolas Henckes (CERMES3-CNRS)
If the notion of mental hygiene emerged in the 19th century, it became popular in the first third of the 20th century in most European and North American countries. It described what appeared as a new way of problematizing psychiatric practices and knowledge as well as their politicization. Mental hygiene was at first a reform project based on the promotion of both alternative ways of organizing assistance and preventative practices in psychiatry. These perspectives became reality with the creation of new psychiatric institutions by psychiatric reformers. In 1908 psychiatrist Gustav Kolb opened an “open” outpatient service for the mad in Bavaria in order to help patients reintegrate society. This service was conceived of as an addition to the asylum: outpatient treatment aimed at extending the treatments received during institutionalization. Mental hygiene did not only address psychiatric practices however: of its project was also to scientifically reorganize societies. This project had several intellectual sources. In France, psychiatrist Edouard Toulouse’s mental prophylaxis was a dimension of a more general concept of biocracy, which aimed at promoting a scientific government of France. Toulouse’s thinking was inspired by positivism and evolutionism as well as republicanism. More generally, the development of mental hygiene reflected the role played in European societies by scientific and political utopias inspired by the ideals of social reform as well as totalitarian ideologies.

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Call for paper – Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science


The Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science (CSHPS) is inviting scholars working on the history or the philosophy of science to submit abstracts for  individual papers or proposals for sessio ns. The Society’s annual conference is part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences meeting in Toronto, Ontario, and will be held between May 27-29, 2017. The deadline for submitting abstra cts is January 20, 2017. Graduate students are eligible for the Richard Hadden Prize for Best Student Paper. For more information, please visit: meeting.html

La Société canadienne d’histoire et de philosophie des sciences (SCHPS) invite les historiens et philosophes des sciences à soumettre un résumé pour une communication individuelle ou une proposition de séance. Le congrès annuel de la Société se tiendra du 27 au 29 mai 2017 dans le cadre du Congrès des sciences humaines à Toronto (Ontario). La date limite de soumission est le 20 janvier 2017. Les étudiant(e)s gradués peuvent concourir pour le prix Richard Hadden décerné au meilleur texte étudiant. Pour plus d’informations, visitez: sps1/meeting_fr.html

CfP: Reading Bodies, Writing Minds (Nottingham, April 2017)

13th April 2017

Location: Highfield House, University of Nottingham, University Park Campus

Reading Bodies, Writing Minds is a one-day conference to be held at the University of Nottingham on 13 April 2017. The conference will investigate representations from the arts and social sciences of suffering, seeing, and treating mental illness. This interdisciplinary event is intended to foster communication between different study areas and subjects and to that end we invite abstracts addressing historical and modern entanglements of medicine and the humanities. The conference’s two keynote speakers are Dr. Mary Ann Lund of the University of Leicester, specialising in Elizabethan-era melancholy, and Dr. Chantelle Saville of the University of Auckland, speaking on medieval theory of emotion.

For colleagues who wish to be considered to present a paper (not in excess of 20 minutes in length), please submit by 1st February 2017 an abstract of no more than 250 words outlining the paper and the area of research.

Submissions might include, but are not restricted to, the following topics:

  • Historical perspectives on mood and emotion.
  • Metaphors and artistic forms commonly or historically associated with mental health.
  • Modern treatments or analogues of historical artistic approaches to mental health.
  • How medical texts and texts about mental health and illness represent and construct their ideal reader.

All accepted papers will be considered for peer-review and potential publication in an edited volume of conference proceedings. This event is supported by funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Midlands 3 Cities organisation.

Abstracts should be sent to:

For general enquiries: please email the above address and address to Martin Brooks.

Panelists wanted: Jewish Mysticism and the Psy-Disciplines, World Congress of Jewish Studies (Jerusalem 2017)

Beit Alpha Synagogue floor

Call for panelists for the World Congress of Jewish Studies (Jerusalem, August 6-10, 2017) 
Proposed panel: Jewish Mysticism and the Psy-Disciplines We are putting together a proposal for one session at the World Congress of Jewish Studies focused on  jewish mysticism and the psy-disciplines. We are looking for participants for a session on the relation between jewish mysticism and the psy-disciplines. We are looking for contributions discussing the influence of Jewish mystical thought on different psy-disciplines – psychology, psychiatry, psychoanalysis, psychotherapy – in past and present, and for contributions that use perspectives of these disciplines to approach different aspects of Jewish mysticism, including mystical experiences, movements, and individuals. 
Please contact us for further information and/or send the title and an abstract of your paper by November 30th to: or 
Farina Marx, M.A. Heinrich-Heine-Universität Institut für Jüdische Studien Universitätsstr. 1 40225 Düsseldorf (Germany) 
Dr. David Freis, M.A. Westfälische-Wilhelms-Universität Münster Institut für Ethik, Geschichte und Theorie der Medizin Von-Esmarch-Strasse 62 48149 Münster (Germany) 

New Issue – History of Psychiatry

home_coverThe December 2016 issue of History of Psychiatry is now out and includes a number of articles that may be of interest to H-Madness readers.

“Italian colonial psychiatry: Outlines of a discipline, and practical achievements in Libya and the Horn of Africa,” by Marianna Scarfone.

This article describes the establishment of psychiatry in Italy’s former colonies during the period 1906–43, in terms of the clinical and institutional mechanisms, the underlying theories and the main individuals involved. ‘Colonial psychiatry’ (variously called ‘ethnographic’, ‘comparative’ or ‘racial’ psychiatry) – the object of which was both to care for mentally afflicted colonists and local people and also to understand and make sense of their pathologies – received most attention in colonial Libya, starting in the first months of the Italian occupation (1911–12) and then taking institutional form in the 1930s; in the colonies of what was known as ‘Italian East Africa’, on the other hand, less was said about psychiatric care, and practical achievements were correspondingly limited.

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Wellcome Library History of Psychiatry Beyond the Asylum Wikipedia Edit-a-thon


On November 19th Alice White,  Wikimedian in Residence at the Wellcome Library, is running a Wikepedia edit-a-thon to coincide with the Wellcome Collection‘s ongoing exhibit Bedlam: The Asylum and Beyond.  The event is free and open to the public. It will

…begin with a morning of talks on various aspects of the history of psychiatry and mental health, to provide some inspiration for the editing to come! After a break for lunch, we’ll dive into some wiki-training from Alice White, Wikimedian in Residence at the Wellcome Library, which will cover everything from to creating an account and to how to edit. After learning your way around and getting comfortable with editing, you will have the opportunity to develop articles on the history of psychiatry: there are lots of pages on institutions, groups and individuals (particularly women) that are missing or very brief, so there’s lots of scope for making some exciting improvements!

Complete beginners are welcome to attend, and no previous experience is necessary, though a little digital skill is needed – but if you can use Microsoft Word, you can edit Wikipedia. Participants should bring a laptop or tablet (or request one in advance when you sign up) – editing is much easier with a keyboard. If you’ve spotted an article that needs improving, bring along your queries and we’ll see what we can do to help!

Individuals are also welcome to join the event remotely. Full details are available here.

Found on the excellent blog Advances in the History of Psychology

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