Conference – Music, Medicine and Emotions

“Cat-piano” from La Nature (1883). Courtesy of the The Bibliothèque centrale du Conservatoire national des arts et métiers

“Cat-piano” from La Nature (1883). Courtesy of the The Bibliothèque centrale du Conservatoire national des arts et métiers

Andrea Korenjak (Austrian Academy of Sciences), Marie Louise Herzfeld-Schild (University of Cologne), Helen Stark (Queen Mary University of London) and the Centre for the History of the Emotions (Queen Mary University London) warmly invite you to ‘Music, Medicine and Emotions’. This symposium aims to bring together researchers working at the intersection of music, medicine and emotional wellbeing and feature papers from Thomas Dixon, Morag Grant, Penelope Gouk, Marie Louise Herzfeld-Schild, Peregrine Horden, James Kennaway, Andrea Korenjak, Una McIlvenna, Wiebke Thormahlen and David Trippett.

Programme (27 May 2016)

11.00-11.15

Thomas Dixon, Queen Mary University of London. ‘Music and the history of emotions: Introductory comments’

 

11.15-12.45 Panel 1

Andrea Korenjak, Austrian Academy of Sciences. ‘Music for the Restless Soul in 19th-century Viennese Psychiatry’.

Wiebke Thormählen, Royal College of Music. ‘Framing Emotional Responses to Music: Music Making and Social Well-being in Early Nineteenth-Century England’.

Morag Grant, Independent scholar, Berlin. ‘Of harm and harmony: Music and the representation of torture’.

 

12.45-13.30

Lunch (provided). Foyer of Arts Two Building

 

13.30-15.00 Panel 2

James Kennaway, Newcastle University. ‘Anna O.’s Cough: Psychoanalysis and the Decline of the Neuro-Stimulation Model of Music’

David Trippett, University of Cambridge. ‘Phrenologists at the keyboard: materialist thought and musical practice ca. 1840’

Peregrine Horden, Royal Holloway University of London. ‘Context, Emotion and Discontinuity in the History of Islamic Music Therapy’

 

15.00-15.15

Coffee. Foyer of Arts Two Building.

 

15.15-16.45 Panel 3

Penelope Gouk, University of Manchester. ‘Moving the Passions through Music: Some 18th-century British Medical Perspectives’

Una McIlvenna. University of Kent.  ‘Songs, Shame, and the Executioner of Justice in Early Modern Europe’

Marie Louise Herzfeld-Schild. ‘“The Powerful Usefulness of Music”: Music, Medicine and Theology in Veritophili Deutliche Beweis=Gründe (1717)’

 

17.00-18.00

Wine reception to include singing performance of early-modern ballads with Vivien Ellis.

 

Registration costs £25 for waged delegates and £15 for unwaged delegates/students/concessions and includes lunch, wine reception and a musical performance of early modern ballads. Register on the QMUL E-shop. Registration closes on May 22nd.

This event is a cooperation between the Centre for the History of the Emotions and the project ‘Music, Medicine, and Psychiatry in Vienna (c. 1780-1850)’, Institute for the History of Art and Musicology, Austrian Academy of Sciences, sponsored by the Austrian Science Fund [P 27287]

 

Practical Information

Date: 27 May

Venue: 2.17, Arts Two Building, QMUL (Mile End)

Time: 11.00-18.00

 

For more info contact emotions@qmul.ac.uk

Colloque : Le cas médical entre norme et exception (Paris, mai 2016)

ProgrammeCamelia.1-page-001Du 19 mai 2016 au 20 mai 2016
Paris

Colloque CAMELIA

Le cas médical entre norme et exception

 

19 mai 2016

Salle Bourjac en Sorbonne, 17 rue de la Sorbonne, 75005 Paris

20 mai 2016

Salle du Conseil, site des Cordeliers (1er étage), 15, rue de l’École de médecine 75006 Paris

 

19 mai à 9h30 (président : Paolo Tortonese, Sorbonne Nouvelle)

Juan Rigoli, Université de Genève : « Le commun et le rare : petite sémantique du “cas” en médecine au xixe siècle »

Jean-Christophe Coffin, Centre Alexandre Koyré : « De la norme à l’exception : l’homosexuel comme cas médical »

Rudolf Behrens, Ruhr-Universität Bochum : « Le Horla de Maupassant, un cas ? »

 

19 mai à 14h30 (président : Carle Bonafous-Murat, Sorbonne Nouvelle)

Philippe Charlier, Universités Versailles-Saint-Quentin et Paris Descartes : « La bonne mort dans les Ars moriendi en Occident : comment apprendre à mourir ? »

Maria de Jesus Cabral, Universidade de Lisboa : « A fear of insanity which itself is insanity : Fernando Pessoa, un cas clinique à la première personne »

Larry Duffy, University of Kent : « Ce traité médical qui n’en est pas un : un récit de lutte disciplinaire sous le régime Orfila »

 

20 mai à 10h (président : Christian Hervé, Paris-Descartes)

Nicole Edelman, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense : « À propos d’un viol sous magnétisme : les avatars d’un diagnostic (de 1865 au début du xxe siècle) »

Violaine Heyraud, Sorbonne Nouvelle : « “Il est de tous les jours, votre cas” : l’impuissance dans la comédie légère du xixe siècle »

Jeanne Weeber, Paris-Sorbonne : « Le cas du psychiatre fou : Tchekhov, Poe, Lobo Antunes »

 

20 mai à 14h30 (président : Alexandre Wenger, Universités de Genève et de Fribourg)

Laure de La Tour, Paris-Sorbonne : « J.-K. Huysmans et le cas médical spiritualisé : les exemples d’En rade et d’En route »

Laurence Talairach-Vielmas, Université de Toulouse Jean Jaurès et Centre Alexandre Koyré : « Cas médicaux et imaginaire gothique : la circulation des cas de catalepsie au xixe siècle »

Carle Bonafous-Murat, Sorbonne Nouvelle : Conclusion

 

Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris Descartes – USPC

CRP19 – LEM – PRISMES – THALIM

 

Pour de plus amples informations, cliquer ici.

Neue Ausgabe: Die Zeitschrift Virus zu “Gesellschaft und Psychiatrie in Österreich 1945 bis ca. 1970”

01714_87b4e2e1306fe97c745d3e3a7d9ed644Band 14 der Zeitschrift Virus – Beiträge zur Sozialgeschichte der Medizin ist der “Gesellschaft und Psychiatrie in Österreich von 1945 bis ca. 1970” gewidmet.

Der Leipziger Universitätsverlag kündigt die Ausgabe von 2016 wie folgt an:

Der vorliegende, auf den Ergebnissen einer einschlägigen Konferenz basierende Band 14 der Zeitschrift Virus widmet sich schwerpunktmäßig dem Thema „Gesellschaft und Psychiatrie in Österreich 1945 bis ca. 1970“. In insgesamt 15 Beiträgen erörtern in- und ausländische AutorInnen aus unterschiedlichen Disziplinen zentrale Aspekte dieses bislang historisch-wissenschaftlich noch wenig bearbeiteten Abschnitts der österreichischen Psychiatriegeschichte.

Die vorgestellten Forschungsergebnisse zu Institutionen, ‚Schulen‘ und Berufsvereinigungen, zu spezifischen Diskursen und Praktiken sowie zu den Berufsbiographien prominenter Akteure machen deutlich, dass das ‚soziale Subfeld‘ Psychiatrie in der Nachkriegszeit in erheblichem Ausmaß von den ideologischen, politischen und gesellschaftlichen Entwicklungen der Zwischenkriegs- sowie der NS-Zeit geprägt blieb – durch personelle und strukturelle Kontinuitäten ebenso wie durch die in jenen Jahren verursachten Zerstörungen, die als Mangel an fachlich und ethisch kompetentem Personal, an sozialen und materiellen Ressourcen noch über die hier fokussierte Periode hinaus nachwirken. Zugleich zeigt eine eingehendere Auseinandersetzung mit der Thematik aber auch die sehr bald nach Kriegsende in Gang gesetzten Bestrebungen unterschiedlicher Akteure, diesen Zuständen möglichst entgegenzuwirken. Bis zum Beginn größerer Psychiatriereformen in den 1970er Jahren war dieser Weg aber offenkundig ein steiniger.

Der Band enthält neben den unten aufgelisteten Beiträgen auch Projektvorstellungen und Rezensionen zum Thema. Das vollständige Inhaltsverzeichnis des Bandes finden Sie hier.

Beiträge

Gerhard Baader: Der gesellschaftliche Hintergrund der Psychiatrie in den westlichen Besatzungszonen Deutschlands (ab 1949 Bundesrepublik Deutschland) 1945–1970

Eberhard Gabriel: Zum Wiederaufbau des akademischen Lehrkörpers in der Psychiatrie in Wien nach 1945

Hartmann Hinterhuber: Zum Wiederaufbau des akademischen Lehrkörpers in der Psychiatrie in Innsbruck nach 1945. Die Lehrstühle und Klinikleitungen, die Habilitationen und die Lehrveranstaltungen an der Psychiatrisch-Neurologischen Klinik Innsbruck

Carlos Watzka: Die „Fälle“ Wolfgang Holzer und Hans Bertha sowie andere „Personalia“. Kontinuitäten und Diskontinuitäten in der Grazer Psychiatrie 1945–1970

Hartmann Hinterhuber: Kontinuitäten und Diskontinuitäten in der Psychiatrie Tirols nach 1945

Hans Rittmannsberger: Psychiatrie in Oberösterreich nach 1945 und der Neubau des psychiatrischen Krankenhauses

Ingrid Arias: Hans Hoff (1897–1969) – Remigrant und Reformer? Neue Impulse oder Kontinuität in der Psychiatrie nach 1945?

Marianne Springer-Kremser: Die Neukonstituierung der Psychotherapeutischen Schulen und der Beginn der Akademisierung der Psychotherapie

Samy Teicher / Elisabeth Brainin: Psychoanalyse nach der Nazizeit. Die Wiener Psychoanalytische Vereinigung und ihr Umgang mit dem Nationalsozialismus nach 1945

Alfred Springer: Psychopharmakologische Forschung und Behandlung an der Wiener Psychiatrischen Universitätsklinik und die Frühphase des Collegium Internationale Neuro-Psychopharmacologicum (CINP)

Ernst Berger: Die Kinderpsychiatrie in Österreich 1945–1975. Entwicklungen zwischen historischer Hypothek und sozialpsychiatrischem Anspruch

Elisabeth Dietrich-Daum: Kinder und Jugendliche aus Südtirol auf der Kinderbeobachtungsstation von Maria Nowak-Vogl in Innsbruck (1954–1987) – ein Projektbericht

Ina Friedmann: „Es handelte sich um einen sonderlinghaften, triebhaft veranlagten Knaben.“ Beispiele heilpädagogischer Gutachten für das Wiener Jugendgericht während der Jahre 1920 bis 1970

Wolfgang Stangl: „Wir können mit Verbrechern Mitleid haben, aber schwach werden dürfen wir ihnen gegenüber nicht“. Psychiatrische Diskurse zwischen 1945 und den 1970er Jahren zum Maßnahmenvollzug in Österreich

Heiner Fangerau: „Gesellschaft und Psychiatrie in Österreich 1945 bis ca. 1970.“ Kommentar zur Jahrestagung 2014 „Geschichte(n) von Gesundheit und Krankheit“ des Vereins für Sozialgeschichte der Medizin

Für die Ankündigung des Bandes auf H-Soz-Kult, hier klicken.

New Issue: History of Psychiatry

F1.mediumThe latest issue of History of Psychiatry (June 2016) is now online. Abstracts to the articles published can be found below. For the full table of contents, including a classic text by the Italian alienist Eugenio Tanzi, two book reviews and abstracts of recent dissertations, click here.

The emergence of psychiatric semiology during the Age of Revolution: evolving concepts of ‘normal’ and ‘pathological’ (Diego Enrique Londoño and Professor Tom Dening)

This article addresses some important questions in psychiatric semiology. The concept of a sign is crucial in psychiatry. How do signs emerge, and what gives them validity and legitimacy? What are the boundaries of ‘normal’ and ‘pathological’ behaviour and mental experiences? To address these issues, we analyse the characteristics and rules that govern semiological signs and clinical elements. We examine ‘normality’ from the perspective of Georges Canguilehm and compare the differences of ‘normal’ in physiology and psychiatry. We then examine the history and the philosophical, linguistic and medical-psychiatric origins of semiology during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries (the Age of Revolution). The field of rhetoric and oratory has emphasized the importance of passions, emotions and language as applied to signs of madness. Another perspective on semiology, provided by Michel Foucault, lays stress on the concept of ‘instinct’ and the axis of voluntary-involuntary behaviour. Finally, we analyse how statistics and eugenics have played an important role in our current conceptualization of the norm and therefore the scientific discourse behind the established clinical signs.

Psychiatric governance, völkisch corporatism, and the German Research Institute of Psychiatry in Munich (1912–26). Part 2 (Eric J Engstrom, Wolfgang Burgmair, and Matthias M Weber)

This is the second of two articles exploring in depth some of the early organizational strategies that were marshalled in efforts to found and develop the German Research Institute of Psychiatry (Deutsche Forschungsanstalt für Psychiatrie). The first article analysed the strategies of psychiatric governance – best understood as a form of völkisch corporatism – that mobilized a group of stakeholders in the service of higher bio-political and hygienic ends. This second article examines how post-war imperatives and biopolitical agendas shaped the institute’s organization and research. It also explores the financial challenges the institute faced amidst the collapse of the German financial system in the early Weimar Republic, including efforts to recruit financial support from the Rockefeller Foundation and other philanthropists in the USA.

‘We are all a little mad in one or other particular’. The presentation of madness in the novels of Muriel Spark (Allan Beveridge)

This paper examines the presentation of madness in the novels of the great Scottish writer, Muriel Spark (1918–2006). In her work, there is a large cast of mad characters as well as a succession of psychiatrists and psychoanalysts. Spark suggests several explanations as to the origins of madness. We see mental disturbance conceived in terms of the supernatural, the religious and the Gothic. She also depicts insanity as a form of personality defect, eccentricity or mental enfeeblement. She drew on Romantic notions of the madman as a seer and speaker of truth. In her portrayal of psychiatrists, both the pill-prescribers and the psychoanalysts, Spark is frequently sceptical of the two: medication can erase positive qualities in an individual, and analysts can spout meaningless gibberish.

Neurotoxicity and LSD treatment: a follow-up study of 151 patients in Denmark (Jens Knud Larsen)

LSD was introduced in psychiatry in the 1950s. Between 1960 and 1973, nearly 400 patients were treated with LSD in Denmark. By 1964, one homicide, two suicides and four suicide attempts had been reported. In 1986 the Danish LSD Damages Law was passed after complaints by only one patient. According to the Law, all 154 applicants received financial compensation for LSD-inflicted harm. The Danish State Archives has preserved the case material of 151 of the 154 applicants. Most of the patients suffered from severe side effects of the LSD treatment many years afterwards. In particular, two-thirds of the patients had flashbacks. With the recent interest in LSD therapy, we should consider the neurotoxic potential of LSD.

The DSM and learning difficulties: formulating a genealogy of the learning-disabled subject (Ofer Katchergin)

The article examines the manner in which the learning-disabled subject is created as an object within contemporary psychiatric discourse by means of a genealogical analysis of the learning-disorders in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). It investigates how this pathology was formed historically in the text, what metamorphoses it underwent, and their epistemic significance. First, the theoretical underpinnings of the sociological discourse on DSM are presented, giving a brief background of the DSM status in the Israeli context. Many problematic characteristics in the text are unveiled, by means of critiques from sociology, anthropology and discourse studies. Second, the changing definitions and conceptualizations of learning-disorders in the seven editions of the Manual and the accompanying case studies (1952–2013) are examined. It becomes apparent that the disorders have undergone changes that have enabled the biomedical paradigm to triumph. The implications of these transformations are addressed.

‘God grant it may do good two all’: the madhouse practice of Joseph Mason, 1738–79 (Leonard Smith)

Private madhouses made a significant contribution to the development of psychiatric practices in eighteenth-century England. Joseph Mason of Bristol, proprietor of a madhouse at Stapleton and then at nearby Fishponds, was part of a dynasty of successful and respected mad-doctors. A deeply religious man, his Christian ethics constituted the guiding force in his work with patients and interactions with their relatives. He was also an astute man of business, who recognized that comfortable domestic surroundings and the achievement of recoveries would enhance his reputation and attract lucrative middle-class custom. His treatment approaches, illustrated in a 1763 diary, were eclectic and pragmatic, comprising various medicines, dietary regulation, graded social interactions, and the cultivation of individualized therapeutic relationships with his patients.

Max Scheler’s theory of the hierarchy of values and emotions and its relevance to current psychopathology (J Cutting)

The philosopher Max Scheler (1874–1928) set out a hierarchical theory of values and emotions in the early twentieth century. This inspired Kurt Schneider to distinguish two sorts of depressive illness, each conforming to a Störung (disorder) in different levels of Scheler’s hierarchy. No other psychopathologist, except Stanghellini, gave the matter much attention. I believe that Scheler’s theory is a rich source of insight into psychopathology, general and neuropsychiatric. I therefore give an account of Scheler’s scheme, review its extant applications (Schneider’s, Stanghellini’s), and present suggestions as to its continuing potential relevance in a wide range of psychopathological conditions.

 

New Book – La perte des limites

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Alexandre Seurat vient de publier un livre consacré aux hallucinations et délires dans le roman européen (années 1920-1940).

L’éditeur présente l’ouvrage ainsi:

Des années 1920 aux années 1940, les limites entre le réel et le délire sont, dans le roman européen, brouillées comme jamais auparavant dans l’histoire du genre. Les œuvres de Canetti, de Céline, de Cendrars, de Döblin, de Hesse, de Joyce et de Woolf, notamment, mettent en scène un délire composé d’éléments hétérogènes, se dérobant aux lectures médicales et ouvrant à une représentation des troubles de l’époque. Tantôt victimes d’une violence que la société s’emploie à refouler, tantôt dangereux « égocrates » en puissance, les délirants incarnent une crise de la civilisation occidentale et illustrent des processus que l’on retrouve à l’œuvre dans les totalitarismes, en train de s’imposer.

 

From the 1920s to the 1940s, the distinction between reality and delirium became more blurred than ever in the European novel. The works of Canetti, Céline and Woolf, among others, offer a window into these troubled times, echoing the crisis of Western civilization heralded by the rise of totalitarianisms.

Registration now open – “Medicine and Modernity in the Long Nineteenth Century” (Oxford, Sept. 2016)

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Medicine and Modernity in the Long Nineteenth Century
St Anne’s College, University of Oxford
Saturday 10 – Sunday 11 September 2016

Saturday 10 September

9.00        Arrivals and registration

9.30        Welcome and Introduction

9.45        Keynote lecture: Christopher Hamlin, What is your Complaint?  Health as Moral Economy in the Long Nineteenth Century

11.00     Coffee break

11.30     Panel sessions

Session A: The Making of Psychological Identities

Mikko Myllykangas, Suicide as a Sign of Modernity and its Criticism in Finnish Suicide Discourse in the 19th Century

Bernhard Leitner, The Mirror Stage of Pathology: Trajectories of Psychiatric Concepts in the Making of Modern Japan

Katariina Parhi, Dangerous Age of Nervousness: Modernity, Crime, and Legal Responsibility

Session B: Medical Marketing

Alice Tsay, Pills for Our Ills: Patent Medicine Marketing and the Formation of Global Modernity

Lesley Steinitz, Swallowing Modernity: Advertising a Nerve-Strengthening Food

Sophie Ratcliffe, “Giovanni’s got some splendid pills!” Daisy Miller and the ‘Virus of Suggestion’

Session C: Disseminating Scientific Knowledge

Andrew Mangham, William Gaskell, Sanitary Reform and the Diseases of Modern Manchester

Jeffrey Zalar, Strain: Catholic Reactions to Science in Germany, 1840–1914

Jens Lohfert Jørgensen, Bacteriological Modernism

1.00        Lunch

2.00        Panel sessions

Session A: Illness and Politics

Laurens Schlicht, The Revolutionary Shock: The French Revolution and the Medical Construction of the Modern Subject (France, 1800–1830s)

Alex Chase-Levenson, Sanitation and Civilization: The Eastern Question and the Plague

Daphne Rozenblatt, Political Origins of the Modern Psychopath

Session B: Maintaining Health Abroad

Jennifer Kain, ‘Few can benefit more than the over-taxed and over-worried brain worker’: 19th-Century Voyages for Health

Daniel Simpson, Poison Arrows and Unsound Minds: Medical Encounters in the Victorian South Pacific

Angharad Fletcher, Sex, Drugs and Suicide: Nursing Encounters on the ‘Frontiers’ of Empire, 1880–1914

Session C: Masculinity, Modernity, and Mental Health

Amy Milne-Smith, “I have Overworked my Brain”: Men’s Relationship to Work in Modern Britain

Philippa Lewis, An Outdated Emotion? Feeling Shy in fin-de-siècle France

Matthew Klugman, Football Fever – A Disease of Modern Life?

 

3.30        Coffee break

4.00        Panel sessions

Session A: Sick Landscapes

Erin Lafford, ‘Your vile fenny atmosphere’: Clare’s Fenlands and Climatic Susceptibility

Manon Mathias, Excrement and Infectious Disease in the Late 19th-Century French Novel

Keir Waddington, Drought, Disease, and Modernity in Rural Wales, c.1880–1914

Session B: Health, Disease, and Technology

David Trotter, Digital Disease: Communication in the Telegraph Era

Projit Mukharji, Metaphoric Modernity: Railways, Telegraphs and the New Ayurvedic Body in Victorian Bengal

Galina Kichigina, Electrical Therapy for the Heart: German Scientific Medicine and British Physiology. The Cases of Hugo von Ziemssen and John MacWilliam

Session C: Fatigue

Laura Mainwaring, Deficiency of the Vital Forces: The Rhetoric of Overwork in the 19th-Century Medical Marketplace

Susan Matt and Luke Fernandez, Focus and Fatigue: Cerebral Hyperaemia and the Perils of Specialized Knowledge in 19th-Century America

Steffan Blayney, ‘Drooping with the century’: Fatigue and the fin-de-siècle

5.30        Break

6.00        Drinks reception

7.00        Dinner in St Anne’s Dining Hall

 

Sunday 11 September

9.30        Panel sessions

Session A: Children’s Health and Disease

Mallory Cohn, Modern Complaints: Victorian Precocity and the Regulation of the Child

Steven Taylor, Imperfect Bodies: The Waifs and Strays Society, Childhood Disability, and Improvement

Jutta Ahlbeck, The Nervous Child and the Disease of Modernity

Session B: Illness, Identity, and Migration

Brad Campbell, Neurasthenia and the New Negro: The 19th-Century Psychiatric Origins of a Modern American Type

Sally Swartz, Migration, Dislocation and Trauma: The Case of Jewish Immigrants to Cape Colony during the 19th Century

Jessica Howell, Enervated India: Tropical Neurasthenia and the Fictions of Empire

Session C: The Body and Modernity

Agnes Arnold-Foster, Pathology of Progress: Cancer in 19th-Century Britain

Helen Goodman, Symptoms of Stress and the Modern Man of Science

F.E. Thurston, The (Re-) Discovery of Noise-Induced Hearing Loss in the 19th Century

11.00     Coffee break

11.30     Panel sessions

Session A: Physical Culture and the Regulation of the Body

Zachary Turpin, “Manly Health and Training”: Whitman’s Long-Lost Guide to Fitness and 19th-Century Anxieties about Physiological Purity and Perfectibility

Joan Jacobs Brumberg, Anorexia Nervosa: Modernity and Appetite

Alexander Pyrges, Corpulence as an Affliction of the Modern World. Medical and Popular Views in 19th-Century Germany

Session B: Nervousness

Sonsoles Hernández Barbosa, Diversification or Sensory Unification? Ideas around the Evolution of the Senses in fin-de-siècle Culture

Michael Guida, Sonic Therapy: Harmony for Disordered Nerves

David Freis, Preventing Mental Illness in One’s Sleep: Nervousness, Psychiatric Prophylaxis and the Invention of Mental Hygiene in fin-de-siècle Germany

Session C: Medical Practitioners

Sam Nesamony, Medical Philanthropy: ‘Medical Chest’ and ‘Touring Clinics’ of Missionaries in Colonial India

Torsten Riotte, Science, Technology and Individual Responsibility: The Professional, Judicial and Public Debate about Medical Negligence during the 19th Century

Carol-Ann Farkas, The Woman Doctor as Medical and Moral Authority: Nervous Disorders, Purity Campaigns, and Gender Relations in Helen Brent, MD

1.00        Lunch

2.00        Panel sessions

Session A: Rhythmic and Non-Rhythmic Bodies

Laura Marcus, Rhythm and Adaptation in the Machine Age

Karen Chase, Wynken, Blynken, and Nod

Josephine Hoegaerts, Victims of Civilization: Recording, Counting and Curing Stammerers in 19th-Century Western Europe

Session B: Addiction

Alessia Pannese, Sense and Sensibility in 19th-Century Addiction

Thembisa Waetjen, Habit-Forming Substances and Medicinal Modernities in Colonial South Africa, 1885–1910

Douglas Small, Cocaine, Technology, and Modernity, 1884–1914

Session C: Understanding and Managing Psychiatric Disorder

Kristine Swenson, Phrenology as Neurodiversity: The Fowlers and Modern Brain Disorders

Alfons Zarzoso, A New Medicine for the Insane in a Modern and Industrial Barcelona

Susan Sidlauskas, Picturing/Narrating the ‘Voluntary Boarder’ at Holloway Sanatorium c.1890

3.30        Coffee break

4.00        Keynote lecture: Laura Otis, What’s at Stake in Judging the Health and Pathology of Emotions?

5.00        Conference close

For more information: https://diseasesofmodernlife.org/conference-2016/

CFP – Matters of the Mind: The Materialities of Mental Ill-Health and Distress

CFP: Matters of the Mind: The Materialities of Mental Ill-Health and Distress

Edited by Anna Lavis, University of Birmingham and Karin Eli, University of Oxford

From medications to diagnostic manuals, somatic sensations to brain images, the landscape of mental health and illness is replete with diverse materialities. Against the background of a wider ‘material turn’ across the social sciences and humanities, this edited collection will offer the first text on mental ill-health and distress from a materialities perspective. Cross-disciplinary explorations of personhood and subjectivity have engendered nuanced understandings of lived experiences of mental ill-health and distress. Explorations of these as socio-culturally patterned have been accompanied by an attention to social marginalisation and structural inequalities. This has highlighted the dynamics of stigma and the structural contexts of mental ill-health and suffering. Scholars across the social sciences and humanities have also undertaken theoretical and applied evaluations of diagnostic and treatment processes, and the reach of their global flows. Yet, although these existing cross-disciplinary strands of thought have all acknowledged the roles of material environments, discourses, and substances, to date none has drawn the myriad clinical, symbolic, and mundane (im)materialities of mental health, illness, and distress to the fore of analysis.

The editors of this volume are interested in soliciting chapters that explore how an attention to materialities offers a novel critical lens onto otherwise obscured aspects of mental ill-health and distress, ranging in focus from the intimate and individual, to the cultural and societal.

With a particular emphasis on engaging with lived experiences, we welcome contributions from scholars within anthropology and sociology; medical humanities; critical and cultural theory; critical psychiatry, psychology and public health; history; literary studies; architecture and design; science and technology studies; and geography. Relevant topics may include, but are not restricted to, the following:

· Object(ive)s of psychiatry: the materialities of diagnosis and treatment.

· Global flows of psychiatry’s objects: texts, pharmaceuticals, diagnostic and treatment devices.

· The materia medica of healing and (self-)care, both clinical and mundane.

· Somatic and experiential (im)materialities: voice hearing and visions.

· Bodies and minds: corporeal materialities and embodied subjectivities of distress.

· Materialities of neuroscience and the ‘new genetics.’

· Spaces and places of suffering and care: clinics, homes, neighbourhoods.

Interested authors are invited to submit an abstract of approximately 250 words, accompanied by a bio of 100 words, to Anna Lavis (a.c.lavis@bham.ac.uk) by May 22nd. If accepted, submissions of no more than 8,000 words each (including abstract, notes, and references) must be submitted by December 2016.

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