Book Announcement: Les Patients de Freud – Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen

patientsfreudLes Patients de Freud. Destins

Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen

“Tout le monde connaît les personnages décrits par Freud dans ses récits de cas : Elisabeth von R., Dora, l’Homme aux rats, l’Homme aux loups. Mais connaît-on les personnes réelles qui se cachaient derrière ces pseudonymes fameux : Ilona Weiss, Ida Bauer, Ernst Lanzer, Sergius Pankejeff? Plus généralement, que sait-on de tous ces patients sur lesquels Freud n’a jamais rien écrit, ou si peu : Pauline Silberstein (qui se suicida en se jetant du haut de l’immeuble de son analyste), Olga Hoenig (la mère du petit Hans), Elfriede Hirschfeld, Alfred Hirst, l’architecte Karl Mayreder, le baron Viktor von Dirsztay, l’héritière lesbienne Margarethe Csonka, le psychotique A. B., tant d’autres encore? Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen reconstitue ici avec précision leurs histoires parfois comiques, souvent tragiques, toujours saisissantes. Au total, trente destins qui souvent se croisent, trente portraits enlevés – de patients parfois inconnus jusqu’ici – qui nous en apprennent plus sur la pratique clinique effective de Freud que ses récits de cas. En arrière-fond c’est tout un monde disparu celui de la Vienne de la fin de l’empire austro-hongrois, qui revit devant nous comme un dernier tour de valse.”

CfP: “Madness and Culture”

Call for papers: Transgressive Culture – ‘Madness’ and Culture

Transgressive Culture is a new electronic and print peer-reviewed journal and book series edited by Jason Lee (University of Derby), with an international editorial board that includes Ken Gelder (University of Melbourne) and James Kincaid (University of Southern California). Details of the ‘addiction edition’ can be found here. We invite submissions of critical and creative work within the broad area of ‘Madness’ and Culture for this new themed edition edited by Jason Lee (University of Derby) and Charley Baker (University of Nottingham). As Foucault put it, although ‘madness’ provides no answers, it forces the world to question itself, and the work of so-called ‘mad’ people, such as Nietzsche and Van Gogh, has become the measure of the height of creativity, which is the ‘triumph of madness’ (1989: 288). Despite extensive medical classifications of mental disorders, this field remains contentious and oblique. What is ‘madness’, or is its essence beyond definition? ‘The determination to keep others out, to see the world as you choose to see it, not as others assure you that it is’ (Weldon 1979: 120)? Or the voice of truth, as portrayed in Revolutionary Road and many other stories; or, as Frank Wheeler declares in the same story, ‘the inability to relate, inability to love’? Jim Geekie and John Read suggest that by ‘using the term “madness” the experience is wrested from the grip of a select few experts on “schizophrenia” or “psychosis”, and portrayed not as a medical condition with an obscure Greek or Latin derived title, but rather as an aspect of the human condition, about which we can all have our say’ (2009:16). This is not a novel idea: Since the 1960s, R.D. Laing, Thomas Szasz, Erich Fromm and many others have attempted to demystify ‘madness’, seeing ‘madness’ as caused in part by our irrational repressive society, which itself is ‘mad’. With ‘progress’ in some respects currently being questioned globally as no longer a viable or ‘sane’ endeavour, questions over ‘madness’ and culture raise their heads once more.

We invite submissions that may wish to consider the following areas – though we are open to ideas from outside this list:

– How should and can madness in the 21st century be conceptualized, and who should be in charge of such conceptualization?

– In what way is madness represented in new media forms such as blogs or advertisements

– How can or do music, literature and the arts transgress traditional or clinical formulations of mad experiences?

– Are service users transgressing and transcending their own experiences through their documentation and reiteration in art and literature?

– How does psychiatry deal with those who transgress the boundaries of ‘The Good Patient’?

– To what extent can creativity and madness be delineated as interdependent in the 21st century?

– Does the media continue to play a role in creating and maintaining public perceptions of madness and how should this be addressed in terms of stigma and inequality?

– How are contemporary mental health movements, such as the Recovery movement, reconfigured or represented in literature and culture?

Work that transgresses established divides in form and content will be prioritised. The length of the work can be agreed with the editors, with nothing over 7,000 words. Please send completed pieces by March 15th 2012 to all the addresses below. Initial queries/abstracts are welcome.

Passage à l’acte : l’agir, de la performance à la psychiatrie

L’équipe de recherches sur l’histoire de l’Art à l’université Paris 1 organise un colloque portant sur les rapports entre psychiatrie et performance des années 1960 à aujourd’hui. Le colloque a lieu à l’INHA et à l’hôpital Sainte-Anne le 20 et 21 janvier 2012.

Pour plus d’information, cliquez ici.

Archives des sciences : médecine et psychiatrie


Mercredi 14 décembre 2011, Salle Info 2 Bât Rataud, 45 rue d’Ulm 75005 Paris

Journée d’étude organisée par le Centre de documentation-Bibliothèque du CAPHES
USR 3308 – CIRPHLES (CNRS-ENS) sous la responsabilité d’Elisabetta Basso et de Mireille Delbraccio

Archives des sciences : médecine et psychiatrie.
Un regard épistémologique

Matinée présidée par Michel Blay, Responsable du CAPHES
Ouverture par Michel Blay et Claude Debru, Directeur de l’USR 3308-CIRPHLES
Présentation des Fonds d’archives du CAPHES par Nathalie Queyroux, Responsable du Centre de documentation-Bibliothèque du CAPHES
Présentation de la Journée par Elisabetta Basso, Postdoctorante, CAPHES/USR 3308 CIRPHLES

Rafael Mandressi
Médecine, philosophie et « maladies d’esprit » dans la première modernité

Egidio Priani
Les archives de l’ancien asile psychiatrique de San Servolo (Venise), 1840-1904 : trames, classifications, sujets

12h-12h30 : Discussion

Après-midi présidée par Mireille Delbraccio, Ingénieur de recherche CNRS (CAPHES-USR CIRPHLES)

Michele Cammelli 
Les inédits et le problème de l’ « archive » chez Canguilhem

Chantal Marazia
Ludwig Binswanger ou la philosophie et le mal d’archive

16h : Pause

Andrea Cavazzini
Archives interminables et histoires impossibles. Remarques sur l’histoire de la psychanalyse et de la psychiatrie

17h15-17h30 Clôture

Cornell University Richardson History of Psychiatry Seminar Spring 2012

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 4
Richard Kaye, Ph.D., Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center “Disseminating Freud: James and Alix Strachey, Bloomsbury, and the Translation of Desire.”
January 18
Kristin Lane, Ph.D., Bard College
“Attitudes and Prejudice Across Time”
February 1
Louis Sass, Ph.D., Rutgers University
Delusions: the Phenomenological Approach”
February 15
Michael Roth, Ph.D., President, Wesleyan University
Esman Lecture
“Reaching the Higher Powers, Stirring Up the Depths: Psychoanalysis and History in the work of Peter Gay and Carl Schorske”
March 7
Carol Groneman, Ph.D., John Jay College of Criminal Justice and CUNY Graduate Center
“Nymphomania: A History”
March 21
Rebecca Jordan-Young, Ph.D., Barnard College
“Trading Essence for Potential: Rethinking Sex/Gender in the Brain.”;
April 4
Adele Tutter, M.D., Ph.D., Columbia Center for Psychoanalytic Training & Research
“The Path of Phocion — From Disgrace to Dignity at the Philip Johnson Glass House”
April 18
Ben Harris, Ph.D., University of New Hampshire
“Practicing Mind-Body Medicine Before Freud: John G. Gehring, the ‘Wizard ofthe Androscoggin “
May 2
Bonnie Evans, Ph.D.,King’s College, London
“Hormones, Gender and Psychiatric Knowledge: The Maudsley Experiments 1923-1935”
May 15
Michael Grodin. M.D., Boston University
“Medical and Psychiatric Ethics in the Shadow of the Holocaust: The Nazi Doctors, Racial Hygiene, Murder and Genocide”
* PLEASE NOTE: Space is limited. Attendance by permission only.

Call for Symposia – 24th International Congress of History of Science, Technology and Medicine (Manchester, UK)

manchesterA message from Anouska Bhattacharyya, graduate student in the Department of History of Science at Harvard:

The call for symposia submissions to the 24th International Congress of History of Science, Technology and Medicine in 2013 is now open: I’d like to put together a symposium for transnational/colonial psychiatry to address the 2013 Congress theme of “Knowledge at Work”. The only restriction is that symposia be organized by two or more individuals from different countries.

If any historians of psychiatry are interested, could they please email me at



For additional information on the Congress:

Monday 22 – Sunday 28 July 2013 Manchester, United Kingdom

The International Congress of History of Science, Technology and Medicine is the largest event in the field, and takes place every four years. Recent meetings have been held in Mexico City (2001), Beijing (2005) and Budapest (2009).

In 2013, the Congress will take place in Manchester, the chief city of Northwest England, and the original “shock city” of the Industrial Revolution. Congress facilities will be provided by The University of Manchester, with tours and displays on local scientific, technological and medical heritage co-ordinated by members of the University’s Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine.

The Congress requires that each Symposium is organised by two or more individuals from different countries. Organisers may be representatives of institutions, or act together as individuals. We encourage organisers to ensure that the composition of their panels reflects a range of different national backgrounds and perspectives.

The theme of the 24th Congress is ‘Knowledge at Work.’ All proposals must indicate how the Symposium fits into this theme, broadly considered.

Each Commission of the Division of the History of Science and Technology of the International Union for the History and Philosophy of Science is expected to organise at least one Symposium in its area.

Papers may be presented in any of the following languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian and Arabic. Descriptions of Symposia may be submitted in any of these languages, but must be followed by a French or English translation.

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide facilities for translation at the Congress.

Summary of key dates

First circular 31 October 2011
Deadline for submission of symposia proposals 30 April 2012
Second circular and call for individual papers 1 May 2012
Decisions on accepted symposia announced 30 June 2012
Deadline for submission of individual papers 30 November 2012
Decisions on individual papers announced 1 February 2013
Early registration opens 31 March 2013
Third circular and full programme 1 April 2013
Deadline for accommodation reservations 21 May 2013
Final date for registration 1 July 2013
Congress opens 22 July 2013
Congress closes 28 July 2013

For more information, click here.

Question from a reader on Native Americans

Kathryn McKay from the Simon Fraser University sent the following question:


I am looking for articles from the late 19th or early 20th century that describe the mental conditions of Native Americans and First Nations peoples from a medical perspective, rather than from an anthropological one.  The earliest I have found are Dr. Hummers'”Insanity among the Indians” from 1911, Dr. A.A. Brill’s “Piblokto or Hysteria among Peary’s Eskimos,from 1913” and Dr. I Coriat’s “Psychoneuroses among primitive tribes”from 1915.

Please let me know if you know of anything earlier. I am particularly interested in dementia praecox, but am more generally interested in any discussion of “insanity.”

I can be reached at

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