CFP – Du front à l’asile. Expériences de la folie de la Grande Guerre aux années vingt

Comment l’asile a-t-il traversé la Grande guerre ? Est-il possible de parler de l’expérience des soldats internés durant le conflit et parfois pour de longues années ? L’historiographie la plus récente et la mémoire professionnelle, insistant toutes deux sur le rôle majeur de la Seconde Guerre mondiale comme matrice de la révolution psychiatrique du XXe siècle, ces questions portant sur la période précédente sont pour l’essentiel restées incongrues ou inopérantes.

Cette journée d’études prospective propose d’interroger la place de la Grande guerre dans cette histoire en s’ouvrant aux autres disciplines, aux problématiques issues de l’historiographie portant sur le premier conflit mondial, et en se nourrissant des travaux des historiens anglo-saxons et allemands qui montrent pour d’autres pays européens comment la Grande guerre a pu contribuer à transformer les pratiques psychiatriques et les conceptions scientifiques, le vécu des sujets et leur place dans l’institution. Sans privilégier une source en particulier, il s’agira donc au cours de cette journée de travailler selon deux axes de recherche : l’expérience institutionnelle asilaire de la guerre et son impact dans l’entre-deux-guerres, la description de l’expérience individuelle et familiale de la folie du front à l’asile.

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CFP – Geschichte(n) von Gesundheit und Krankheit. Medizin und Psychiatrie im 20. Jahrhundert in Österreich

Verein für Sozialgeschichte der Medizin (Carlos Watzka); Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften und Europäische Ethnologie (Elisabeth Dietrich-Daum); Institut für Zeitgeschichte der Universität Innsbruck (Wolfgang Weber); Psychiatrische Abteilungen des LKH Rankweil (Albert Lingg); Arbeitskreis für Vorsorge- und Sozialmedizin (Günter Diem); Stadtarchiv Dornbirn (Werner Matt), Dornbirn (Vorarlberg) 10.06.2010-12.06.2010, Stadtarchiv Dornbirn
Deadline: 31.03.2010

Auch 2010 wird der österreichische Verein für Sozialgeschichte der Medizin eine Jahrestagung veranstalten, diesmal in Zusammenarbeit mit den genannten Kooperationspartnern in Westösterreich.

Die Tagung soll es allen an der Geschichte der Medizin, insbesondere der Psychiatrie Interessierten und den aktiv hierzu Forschenden ermöglichen, ihre Forschungsergebnisse und Projekte zu Fragen der österreichischen Medizin- bzw. Psychiatriegeschichte zu präsentieren und zu diskutieren, wobei diesmal das 20. Jahrhundert im Zentrum der Tagung stehen wird. Aus diesem Grund möchten wir Interessierte aus allen Wissenschaftsbereichen, die zu diesen Themenfeldern arbeiten, zur Einsendung von Beitragsvorschlägen sowie zur Teilnahme an der Tagung “Geschichte(n) von Gesundheit und Krankheit: Medizin und Psychiatrie im 20. Jahrhundert in Österreich” am 10. – 12. JUNI 2010 in Dornbirn (Vorarlberg) einladen.

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CFP – International Health Humanities Conference 2010 “Madness and Literature”


Madness and Literature”

The Institute of Mental Health is hosting The 1st International Health Humanities Conference at The University of Nottingham, UK from Friday 6th to Sunday 8th AUGUST 2010.

The theme of the conference, Madness and Literature, seeks to bring critical focus to three areas:

Literature, Psychiatry, Philosophy

Reflecting the interdisciplinary work of the Institute of Mental Health, and the multifaceted nature of the conference’s theme, we invite the participation of colleagues from both the humanities and from clinical backgrounds who wish to participate in an exploration of the conceptions of “Madness and Literature”. Furthermore, to be genuinely inclusive we encourage presentations arising from completed projects and work that is in progress or of an exploratory nature.

The Institute of Mental Health welcomes abstracts of approximately 250 words in length for twenty-minute papers in English dealing with the themes outlined above. We would also welcome the organization of panels (consisting of three speakers and a moderator) dealing with specific issues related to the overall themes of the conference. Issues to be considered at the conference may include:

  • What are the critical intersections between literature, psychiatry and philosophy?
  • How and why is psychiatry reflected and represented in fiction?
  • In what ways do fiction and autobiography treat issues such as gender, ethnicity, age, economics, sexuality and power in psychiatry?
  • How far can we pursue ideas concerning creativity and madness?
  • How might debates about literature and madness influence or be influenced by other disciplines, such as anthropology and sociology?
  • How can literature influence the education and practice of medical, health and allied disciplines?
  • What can literary studies learn from the ‘psych’ disciplines?

The Institute of Mental Health foresees the publication of papers (expanded, revised and submitted to a peer-review process) in one or more volumes post-conference, according to principles of intellectual and theoretical coherence that will give such publications editorial consistency.

Please send your abstracts as a Word attachment by email to Paul Crawford by 5th February 2010.

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Call for Paper – EASA, 2010: Crisis and resolution: imagination and the transformation of psychiatric care

Psychiatry represents an institution at the intersection of social solidarity and exclusion, with the specific configuration of these two elements differing in various historical and cultural contexts. Looking at the history of psychiatric care, one could argue that its evolutions were achieved through various crises (the crisis of the asylum and the anti-psychiatry movement, psychiatry’s inability to care for mentally ill living in the streets, human rights abuses…). For various reasons, the resolutions of these crises often relied on the creativity of groups or individuals with very practical consequences for introducing new forms of care – Basaglia’s proposals are just one compelling example among many. Often through such creative solutions, all Western countries have undertaken significant reorganization of their psychiatric care systems in the past 50 years, which also inspired changes to psychiatric care in less developed countries.

This workshop calls for reflection on the impact of ‘crisis rhetoric’ with regard to specific social, political and legal circumstances, and the role of imagination in informing the practices of caring and curing. We aim to explore how ideas on the appropriate forms of psychiatric care reflect specific cultural expectations and ideologies, and how the role of family, community, profession and the state in taking care of the mentally ill is negotiated in different contexts. Finally, we want to address the ways in which the anthropological perspective and research has been involved in, and is still challenged by these transformations.

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