The new issue of Paris-based journal Cahiers du Monde russe includes two articles on psychiatry in the region during the Soviet period: Sarah Marks ‘From Experimental Psychosis to Resolving Traumatic Pasts: Psychedelic Research in Communist Czechoslovakia, 1954-1974/ De la psychose expérimentale à la guérison des traumatismes du passé : la recherche psychédélique en Tchécoslovaquie communiste, 1954‑1974’ Drawing on… More Soviet-era psychiatry in new issue of Cahiers du Monde russe
This conference will explore the relationship between religion and medicine in the historic past, ranging over a long chronological framework and a wide geographical span. The conference’s focus will be primarily historical, and we welcome contributions which take an interdisciplinary approach to this topic. Four main themes will provide the focus of the conference. The… More CFP: Religion & Medicine Conference, Birkbeck, University of London 15-16 July 2016
This two-day interdisciplinary conference will explore the shifting political, socio-economic, cultural and medical influences that have formed and perpetuated cultures of harm from the eighteenth century to the present day. We are particularly interested in the production of harmful practices – physical, sexual and psychological violence directed by one person or group against another – in therapeutic and caring environments,… More CFP: Cultures of Harm in Institutions of Care: Historical & Contemporary Perspectives
CEEHM Network fellow editors Sarah Marks and Mat Savelli have put together a wonderful and groundbreaking volume in the Mental Health in Historical Perspectives series of Palgrave. This is the first book to address the history of psychiatry under Communism in Central and Eastern Europe, from the Soviet Union to East Germany. It brings together new… More Psychiatry in Communist Europe – out today!
Healing spas have a long tradition in Central and Eastern Europe, being used to alleviate a range of conditions from tuberculosis to infertility to depression. Although they fell somewhat out of vogue during parts of the twentieth century, the renaissance of what our biomedical culture calls “complementary and alternative medicine” has hastened the revival of… More Cow Horn Cupping in Croatia
Jessica Reinisch’s The Perils of Peace has just been published as an Open Access monograph. You can download the full pdf from the OUP catalogue for free, here: http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199660797.do In The Perils of Peace Jessica Reinisch considers how the four occupiers – Britain, France, the Soviet Union, and the United States – attempted to keep… More ‘The Perils of Peace: The Public Health Crisis in Occupied Germany’ is now Open Access
The Hidden Persuaders research group at Birkbeck, University of London headed by Daniel Pick have recently launched their website, blog and a series of events. http://www.bbk.ac.uk/hiddenpersuaders/ On the 3-4th of July they will host a conference, ‘Brainwash: History, Cinema and the Psy Professions’: “Early cinema had frequently explored the hypnotic processes it was accused of… More Hidden Persuaders: Histories of Brainwashing and the Psy-disciplines during the Cold War at Birkbeck, University of London