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Difficult Happiness: Modern Depression and Finnish Contemporary Culture (Jutta Ahlbeck, Kirsi Tuohela, Annastiina Mäkilä)

The group investigates the history of depression in Finland from the 1980’s onwards. The project asks how the changes in the recent history of depression are related to scientific education of mental professionals, the rise of child depression and the lived experiences of the sufferers during the last three decades.

In Care, In History (Jesper Vaczy Kragh)

A large number of Danes alive today were placed in care at some point in their lives. And yet, knowledge of the realities of life in care is strictly limited. In Care, in History is about the life and conditions of children and adults who were taken into care during the period 1945–1980. In historical terms this includes children and adults who were placed in children’s homes, psychiatric institutions, workhouses, care homes, institutions for the blind, deaf, physically disabled, epileptics, etc.

MenSoc: Mental Health, Medicine and Social Engineering in 20th Century Finland (PI Petteri Pietikäinen)

The project focuses on the history of the intersection  of individual suffering and public policy in the context of mental medicine and society.  MenSoc provides an alternative representation of Finland’s modernisation by focusing on the people who failed to adjust to the demands of modern, increasingly complex society, or whose abilities to adjust and succeed were insufficient from the start.

Music, Medicine, and Psychiatry in Vienna (c. 1780 – c. 1850) (PI Andrea Korenjak)

The aim of the project is to provide the hitherto missing historical description, contextualization, and analysis of the use of music in medicine and in psychiatric institutions of the late 18th and the first half of the 19th century in Vienna. The project offers a synopsis of the cultural, socio-political, medical, and psychiatric conditions in Viennese history which influenced “therapeutic” ideas on the use of music at that time (c. 1780 – c. 1850): The ideals of neohumanism (e.g. humanity, moral education, ‘Bildung’ in the sense of ‘studia humanitatis’) and of Enlightenment (e.g. respect for the individual, freedom, and equality), reforms of Joseph II, the emergence of “modern” psychiatry, theories on “mental illness” (“somatic”/“brain anatomical” as well as “psychic” concepts of “mental illness”), theories of music’s effects on the body/nerves and on the soul/’Gemüth’, reflected both in the medical and music-aesthetic discourse.

Remembering Oak Ridge Digital Archive and Exhibit (Contact: Jennifer L. Bazar )

The site presents a history of forensic mental health care at an 81-year old maximum-security facility in Canada along with an archive of over 400 digital copies of artefacts, historic photographs, archival documents, and media files.

Vulnerable Lives (PI Marja-Liisa Honkasalo)

The ‘Vulnerable Lives’ project focuses on different forms of vulnerability (e.g. disruptive life events, grief, illness and death) in contemporary Finnish society. The Project is equally interested in the ‘contemporary cures’ that people rely on when they need support.



Katie Aubrecht, Mount Saint Vincent University, Canada

Katie is a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Postdoctoral Fellow with the Department of  Family Studies and Gerontology at Mount Saint Vincent University. Her research uses phenomenological and interpretive sociological theories and methods and a disability studies perspective to understand how institutions and institutional settings shape social relations. Her postdoctoral  project seeks to understand the relationship between institutional policy and practice and the lived experiences of nursing home residents with dementia diagnoses and their family caregivers.

Nicole Baur, Centre for Medical History, Exeter, UK

Nicole Baur is an Associate Research Fellow at the Centre for Medical History, Exeter, UK. She currently works on ‘Remembering the Mental Hospital’, an Heritage Lottery funded project aiming to create an audio-visual archive and electronic database based on written correspondence and oral histories of patients and other people affiliated with the former Devon County Mental Hospital. The project is an extension of Nicole’s previous work on the history of mental health care in southwest England, some of which can be viewed on the Devon County Mental Hospital website. Nicole’s broader research areas are at the intersection of geography, social science and medicine and her work to date has covered a variety of aspects of environmental impacts on health and well-being.

Jennifer L. Bazar, Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care & University of Toronto, Canada

Jennifer Bazar is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow working to create a digital archive and exhibit that features the history of Ontario’s only maximum-security forensic hospital served by both the mental health and criminal justice systems between 1933 to 2014. Her broader research interests focus on the material culture of asylums and psychiatric institutions.

Christopher Bell, University of West Georgia, USA

Chris Bell is a doctoral student in Psychology at the University of West Georgia. He is working on qualitative approaches to psychoanalytic outcomes, with particular interest in how psychoanalytic outcomes are represented in various contexts (to members of psychoanalytic organizations., to the public, etc.) In addition, his research considers the relationship between theories of the end of psychoanalysis in various analytic traditions and how the experience of psychoanalysis is retrospectively narrated.

Annika Berg , Stockholm University, Sweden

Berg’s research concentrates on the social, cultural and political history of medicine and healthcare, a field within which she has leant towards gender history, questions of welfare, power and government, and global and postcolonial perspectives. Berg is now in the process of finishing two research projects within this field: “De sjukligt kränkta: Om kverulans som samhällsfara i folkhemmets Sverige” [The Morbidly Offended: On Paranoia Querulans as a Public Danger in the Swedish Welfare State] and “Patientens mening: Om handlingsutrymmen och alternativa subjektiveringar inom den anstaltsbundna sinnessjuk- och sinnesslövården 1870-1970″ [Speaking from the Silence in the Middle: Patient Action and Subjectivity in Swedish Psychiatric Institutions 1870-1970].  She also works within a research project on the history of Swedish development aid “Världen som arbetsfält: Svenskt bistånd under tre decennier” [Improving the world? Swedish development assistance during three decades] and within the international research project “Scientific Personae in Cultural Encounters in Twentieth Century Europe”.

Daniel Burston, Duquesne University, USA

Daniel Burston is an Associate Professor and former chair of the Psychology Department of Duquesne University. He is interested in the history of psychiatry, psychology and psychoanalysis, and in psychoanalytic , depth psychological and existential-phenomenological approaches to the study and treatment of madness. He is the author of The Wing of Madness: The Life and Work of R.D. Laing (Harvard University Press, 1996), The Crucible of Experience: R.D.Laing and the Crisis of Psychotherapy (Harvard University Press, 2000) and numerous articles and book chapters on psychiatry and anti-psychiatry.

Monica Calabritto, City University of New York, USA

Monica’s research focuses on the interaction between medicine and literature and between medicine and law in early modern Italy and Europe, as well as on the relation between visual and verbal media in early modern European culture. Presently, she is working on a manuscript book that studies the relationship among early modern medicine, law and social memory in connection to narratives of homicidal insanity in Italy, and on a chapter on “Medical and Scientific Understandings” for a collection of essays entitled A Cultural History of the Emotions in the Late-medieval, Reformation and Renaissance Age, edited by Susan Broomhall and Philippa Maddern.

John Carson, University of Michigan, USA

John Carson is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Michigan.  His current project is on the development of the concept of unsoundness of mind (non compos mentis) in Anglo-American law and medicine during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Brianne M. Collins, University of Calgary, Canada

Brianne M. Collins is a PhD candidate in the Department of Psychology at the University of Calgary.  She is currently investigating the history of psychosurgery in Canada. Her master’s thesis concentrated on psychosurgery in Ontario (manuscript in progress) while her dissertation is focused on its use in Western Canada (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba). She is also working on various other projects including: hydrotherapy in Canada;  LSD in Alberta; and treatment of General Paresis of the Insane via Malarial treatment in Alberta.

Hazel Croft

Hazel Croft has recently completed her PhD thesis entitled ‘War Neurosis and Civilian Mental Health in Britain during the Second World War.’ The thesis investigates the mental health of civilians through an exploration of medical discourse, government policy and psychiatric practice in Britain during the war. She is interested in further exploring the relationship between war, trauma and mental health in the twentieth century. Her wider research interests include developing a deeper understanding of the interconnections between class and gender in the wider history of psychiatry and psychiatric institutions.

Olga Marcela Cruz

Olga Marcela Cruz is a historian (Universidad Nacional de Colombia), Magister in Social Anthropology (Universidad de los Andes, Colombia), and PhD candidate in History (Universidad de los Andes, Colombia). She’s a member in a research group called Red de Etnopsiquiatría: Estudios Sociales y de la Cultura (Network of Ethnopsychiatry: Social Studies and of the Culture), Bogotá, Colombia. Currently, she is an investigator in a project about living history of psychiatry in Colombia and her doctoral thesis deals with madness in the Viceroyalty of Nueva Granada.

Hilde Dahl, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Hilde Dahl is writing a doctoral thesis on perceptions of dangerousness and the collaboration between law and psychiatry in criminal asylums in Norway 1895-1940. Her project is called “The Mental Machine. Perspectives on Norwegian Forensic Psychiatry and Criminology in the 20th Century.”

Janette Dinishak, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA

Janette Dinishak is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She works primarily in the philosophy of psychiatry, the philosophy of psychology, Wittgenstein, and the epistemology of other minds. She has published papers on Wittgenstein, philosophical questions concerning autism and perception, and deficit views of human differences.

Greg Eghigian, Penn State University, USA

Greg Eghigian is Associate Professor of Modern History at Penn State University (USA).  He researches and teaches, among other things, on the history of madness, focusing primarily on the 19th and 20th centuries. His present book project examines the history of the UFO and alien contact phenomenon.

John Foot, University of Bristol, UK

John Foot is working on the history of radical psychiatry in the 1960s and 1970s with a focus on Italy and Franco Basaglia. He is also putting together a project for a comparative cultural history of the closure of the asylums and the post-asylum era.

Amy L. Fletcher, The University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Amy L. Fletcher is interested in the contemporary study of madness, dating from the Cold War to today. She teaches a unit on mental illness and public policy at The University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and has published on the issue of LSD and cognitive enhancement.

Bolette Frydendahl Larsen, Lund University, Sweden

Frydendahl Larsen’s PhD-project is an investigation of psychiatric knowledge and institutional practices at Danish reform schools for girls during the 20th century. She investigates how psychiatric diagnosis and practices were increasingly mobilized to explain the problem of so-called ’difficult young girls’ during the 20th century and how diagnoses such as moron and psychopathy were mobilized to draw boundaries between categories of ‘abnormal’ young girls.

Marion Godman, University of Helsinki, Finland

Marion Godman works on questions concerning the foundations of psychiatric classification and how it compares to classification in
other life and social sciences. She is also exploring what the normative implications of psychiatry are, such as whether we should be
treating certain psychiatric groups (e.g. individuals with psychopathy) differently in our social interventions and in law.

Thomas Hardtke, Freie Universität, Germany

Thomas is a literary scholar. He examines literary, medical and theological discourses on the psychopathology of deviant religiosity since 1800.

Ben Harris, University of New Hampshire, USA

Harris’ current project is on the important role played by work therapy and suggestive therapeutics in the US before Freudianism became dominant. Previously he has looked at case studies in the intersection of Marxist ideology with careers in psychiatry and clinical psychology, mostly in the United States. For the last 20 years Harris has taught a seminar to undergraduates called “Madness in America” with fiction, autobiography, motion pictures and biography as sources for students.

Por Heong Hong, University of Malaya, Malaysia

Por Heong Hong earned her PhD from the School of Social Sciences, USM, in 2014. Por’s research interests lie at the convergence of cultural studies and postcolonial inquiry of issues regarding health, illness, medicine, bodies, gender and modernity. She is currently a research member of the Malaysian Ministry of Education funded project “Traditional Knowledge” at the Center for Poverty and Development Studies, University of Malaya. Her engagement with the “Traditional Knowledge” project examines how different forces and ideas – therapeutic, religious, scientific, and commercial – come to negotiate with one another in the process of forming a regulatory framework for traditional medicine and herbal products in Malaysia.

Corey Hickner-Johnson, University of Iowa, USA

Corey is a doctoral candidate at the University of Iowa where she studies Disability Studies, Affect, and 20th Century Multi-Ethnic Literature.  Her dissertation will likely be on madness as a trope in women’s writing and suffering in mental disability.

David W Jones, University of East London, UK

David W Jones has a long standing interest in issues of mental health in particular initially in the issue of ‘asylum’ and family perspectives. More recently he has become interested in the borderline between issues of ‘mental health’  and criminality and has been working on the development of the diagnoses of ‘moral insanity’ and ‘antisocial personality disorder’.

Saara Jäntti, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Jäntti’s research project Crafting a Universe, A Corner in the World. An Ethnographic Study on Finnish Mental Health Care Service Users’ Drama Project on “Home” engages with the issues of home, housing and mental health through artistic, participatory action research and ethnography.

Kirsi Kanerva, University of Turku, Finland

Kirsi Kanerva (PhD) is a cultural historian. Kanerva has studied the relationship between the supernatural, emotions and mental illness in medieval Icelandic culture. Her current research interests include the history of suicide in medieval Iceland, i.e. norms concerning, attitudes towards and conceptions of suicide in medieval Iceland as reflected in medieval Old Norse-Icelandic literature.

Heike Karge, University of Regensburg, Germany

Heike Karge works on the history of psychiatry and of mental breakdown in war in 20th century Yugoslavia;

Ville Kivimäki, University of Tampere, Finland

In his PhD thesis Battled Nerves (Åbo Akademi University 2013), Kivimäki studied the Finnish soldiers’ war-related psychological disorders, traumatic experiences and their psychiatric conceptualizations and treatment during the Second World War. He is currently working on a new research project on the psychologization of the “soul” and emotions in twentieth-century Finland. The focus of the project is in the breakthrough of applied psychology in the Finnish society especially after 1945. Furthermore, together with Katariina Parhi at the University of Oulu, Kivimäki is writing a biography of psychiatrist Konrad von Bagh (1908–1982) and the history of Finnish “madness” in the context of his long career.

Alexandre Klein, University of Ottawa, Canada

Klein’s current work focuses on psychiatric desinstitutionalization in Québec between 1948 and 1968.

Johanna Koivisto, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Johanna Koivisto is PhD candidate in Finnish History. She is working on a doctoral thesis on the everyday life in a forensic psychiatric hospital in Finland in 1939-1956. Her interests are in the practices, rules and conventions in psychiatric hospitals.

Andrea Korenjak, Austrian Academy of Sciences Institute for the History of Art and Musicology, Austria

Andrea Korenjak is a musicologist (PhD) and psychologist (PhD), currently conducting the project “Music, Medicine, and Psychiatry in Vienna (c. 1780 – c. 1850)”.

Jesper Vaczy Kragh, Medical Museion, Denmark

Jesper Vaczy Kragh’s  principal research interests are the history of psychiatry; history of somatic treatments; spiritualism and psychical research; the interwar period in Denmark; the history of drug addiction and war trauma. He is currently working on two projects: In Care, In History, on the history of vulnerable groups 1945-1980, and a project on the history of war trauma in Denmark 1914-1980.

Bregt Lameris, the Netherlands

Bregt Lameris is an independent researcher from the Netherlands with an affiliation at Utrecht University focussing on the visual representations of madness in the 19th and 20th Century. She collaborates with the Museum of Psychiatry Het Dolhuys in Haarlem, and with Disability Studies at the Free University of Amsterdam (VU).  Her current research project investigates the role of medical photography and film in the construction of mental disorders such as shell shock and idiocy between 1890 and 1930.

Monica Lawson, Duquesne University, USA

Monica Lawson is currently conducting research on Open Dialogue and therapeutic communities.

David Simón Lorda, Complexo Hospitalario Universitario de Ourense, Spain

David Simón Lorda studies the history of psychiatry and medicine in Galicia, Spain.

Simon McCarthy-Jones, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Simon is an Associate Professor in the Psychiatry Department of Trinity College Dublin, and holds Honorary Appointments at Durham University, UK (where he is part of the Hearing the Voice project), and at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. His research focusses on the causes, meanings and histories of auditory verbal hallucinations (‘hearing voices’).

Kieran McNally, University College Dublin, Ireland

Dr. Kieran McNally is currently an adjunct lecturer with the Department of Psychology, University College Dublin. His academic research interests are in the history of schizophrenia, the history of catatonia and the history of psychology. He is currently writing a book on the history of schizophrenia for Palgrave Macmillian.

Riikka Miettinen, University of Tampere, Finland

Riikka Miettinen is a post-doctoral researcher currently working in a  project which focuses on the landless population in early modern rural Finland. Her research interests include the position, everyday life  and the treatment of the disabled and the mentally ill, the insanity defence and the history of suicides in early modern Sweden and  Finland. In her Ph.D. thesis on suicides in seventeenth-century Sweden she also discussed the early modern conceptions and classifications of insanity and the use of insanity defence. She is initiating a research project related to the social and cultural history of insanity and the insane in early modern Sweden and Finland.

Chris Millard , Queen Mary University of London, UK

Chris Millard conducts research into psychiatry, psychology, and social work in the 20th Century, principally in Britain, but also other Anglophone countries (Canada, United States of America).  His previous project was on overdosing and self-cutting in twentieth-century Britain. Chris is now working on a project charting Munchausen syndrome (presenting oneself as ill in order to get medical attention), Munchausen syndrome by proxy (making a child appear ill to get them medical attention) and Munchausen by internet (faking illness online). These deceptive conditions form part of a wider discussion about the policing of health and sickness, malingering, the politics of welfare and of the role of the social services and their interactions with the medical profession.

Jesse Miller, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, USA

Jesse Miller is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of English at the University at Buffalo, SUNY with particular interests in the intersections of madness, psychiatry, and literary modernism. His dissertation, The Birth of the Literary Clinic: Bibliotherapy, Disability, and the Aesthetics of Health, 1916-1945 locates the origins of contemporary bibliotherapeutic practice, in which reading is used to produce or maintain states of mental health, in the aesthetic preoccupations of middlebrow and modernist culture of the U.S. inter-war period, and explores the aesthetic, ethical, and biopolitical implications of the connections between reading and health that bibliotherapy enacts.

Punita Miranda, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Punita Miranda is a Jungian oriented psychotherapist and currently in the last year of a Research MA at the University of Amsterdam where she is studying Jung and his Red Book.

Paula Muhr, Humboldt University, Berlin

Paula Muhr is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Art and Visual Studies, Humboldt University, Berlin and at the Institute for Medical History and Science Research, University of Luebeck. In her dissertation, Paula Muhr analyses the productive roles of images in the process of generating medical knowledge in relation to hysteria. On the one hand, she focuses on different types of images produced by the celebrated 19th-century neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot within the framework of his study of hysteria. On the other hand, Muhr examines how the advent of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in the 1990s has played a crucial role in the emergence of contemporary neuroscientific research into hysteria’s present-day nosological successors.

Eivind Myhre, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Eivind Myhre is a part of an interdisciplinary project concentrating on historic studies of the institutionalization of Norwegian forensic psychiatry in the 20th century. He is currently working with a thesis on criminal insane sex offenders in Norway in the period 1895-1940.

Mikko Myllykangas, University of Oulu, Finland

Mikko Myllykangas is post-doctoral researcher in MenSoc project working on the history of social psychiatry in Finland. Social psychiatry as a medical specialty emerged from the 1960s onwards, based on social planning as well as in the influences of the American social psychiatry of 1950s.  Myllykangas examines how various social and medical phenomena were subjected to social psychiatric examination, as well as different techniques (e.g. epidemiology) employed in social psychiatric research. The focal point, or a “case”, of the study of the history of social psychiatry in Finland is the National Suicide Prevention Project, initiated in 1986 and carried out ‘til the mid-1990s.

Annastiina Mäkilä, University of Turku, Finland

Annastiina Mäkilä is part of the research group Difficult Happiness: Modern Depression and Finnish Contemporary Culture. Her work is preliminarily entitled Defining depression in Finnish education of professionals in mental care 1980- 1995.

Richard Noll, De Sales University, USA

Richard Noll is continuing research on the problem of psychosis in US psychiatry in the 1880 to 1950 era. Currently he is focusing on how early 20th century North American asylum physicians, psychiatrists and neurologists grappled with first accepting, then trying to solve, notions of  “medical certainty” and “error.” Dementia praecox and schizophrenia research conducted in the Manhattan State Hospital in the 1910s and 1920s, the Boston Psychopathic Hospital from 1924 to 1935, and the Worcester State Hospital in Massachusetts from 1927 to 1947 are the current foci of archival research. An additional project he is working on concerns shamanism as a problem in the history of psychiatry, with a specific focus on the work of S.I. Shirokogoroff. Noll is the author of American Madness: The Rise and Fall of Dementia Praecox (Harvard University Press, 2011), which won an award from the British Medical Association, and The Jung Cult: Origins of a Charismatic Movement (Princeton University Press, 1994).

Maria Angélica Ospina, Colombia

María Angélica Ospina is an anthropologist (Universidad Nacional de Colombia), Magister in Social Anthropology (Universidad de los Andes, Colombia), and PhD candidate in Anthropology (Universidad de los Andes, Colombia). She’s a founding member in a research group called Red de Etnopsiquiatría y Estudios Sociales en Salud-Enfermedad (Network of Ethnopsychiatry and Social Studies on Health-Illness), Bogotá, Colombia. Currently, she is working about loving suffering as social suffering and its pathologization in some groups of mutual help. Also, she did some ethnographic and historiographical studies about psychiatric contexts.

Anna Ovaska , University of Helsinki, Finland & Justus Liebig University, Giessen, Germany

Anna is a doctoral researcher working on narratives of madness. Her PhD-research focuses on the narrative techniques of evoking, conveying and negotiating experiences of mental distress in modernist Finnish literature. She investigates the relationship between first-person narrated stories of madness and clinical approaches of medical model psychiatry: the ways experiencing, detecting and diagnosing psychiatric disorders become tied together in fiction, and how stories can also challenge the ways mental disorders are conceived. Her broader research interests include modernist literature, cognitive narratology, phenomenology of illness, and narrative medicine.

Katariina Parhi, University of Oulu, Finland

Katariina is a doctoral student working on the history of psychopathy in Finland. She is a member of the MenSoc project, which focuses on the history of intersection of individual suffering and public policy in the context of medicine and society. She is also one of the Madness Studies hosts. Furthermore, together with Ville Kivimäki at the University of Tampere, Katariina is writing a biography of psychiatrist Konrad von Bagh (1908–1982) and the history of Finnish “madness” in the context of his long career.

Petteri Pietikäinen, University of Oulu, Finland

Petteri is Professor of the History of Science and Ideas at the University of Oulu. He has published on the history of psychology, psychiatry and medicine, and he is currently the PI of the research project MenSoc . He is also the co-host of the Madness Studies research network. His major publications include Alchemists of Human Nature: Psychological Utopianism in Gross, Jung, Reich and Fromm (Pickering & Chatto, 2007), Neurosis and Modernity: The Age of Nervousness in Sweden (Brill, 2007), Hulluuden historia (Gaudeamus 2013) and, most recently, Madness: A History (Routledge 2015).

Rory du Plessis, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Rory du Plessis is a lecturer in Visual Culture Studies in the Department of Visual Arts, University of Pretoria (UP). He is pursuing a PhD with the Division of Philosophy and Ethics of Mental Health (UP). His PhD investigates the casebooks from the Grahamstown Lunatic Asylum, South Africa from 1890-1907. He has a keen interest in the history of psychiatry in South Africa and has published a number of journal articles on photography and psychiatric institutions.

Anu Rissanen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Anu is PhD student in Finnish history in the University of Jyväskylä. Her doctoral thesis examines treatment policies, which were used in District Mental Hospital in Harjamäki Siilinjärvi during 1926-1989. She will analyze how they were utilized in practice and compare them to other similar hospitals in Finland.

Adebayo Sakiru, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Adebayo Sakiru is an MA student of African literature at the University of Ibadan. His research is on neurosis as a post colonial condition in African narratives. This research focuses on issues like narcissism, melancholia, post traumatic stress disorder, shell shock, neurosis of blackness and psychosis. He is also interested in psychoanalysis and biblio therapy.

Peter Skagius, Linköping University, Sweden

Peter is a Ph.D candidate at the Department of Child Studies, Linköping University. He is writing his dissertation on the dissemination and circulation of child psychological and psychiatric expertise in Swedish mass media during the period 1968-2008. Besides from my dissertation subject, he is very interested in all matters related to the history of the psy-sciences and especially how we may use theories and methods from the field of Science Studies to better understand their past and current trajectories.

Marco Solinas, University of Florence, Italy

Marco Solinas  is working on social philosophy, history of emotions and history of psychoanalysis, but also on history of psychiatry, in particularly on Philippe Pinel and Franco Basaglia. He has written several articles, and the books “Psiche: Platone e Freud” (2008), new edition published in German with the title “Via Platonica zum Unbewussten” (Wien 2012), and “From Aristotle’s Teleology to Darwin’s Genealogy: The Stamp of Inutility” (Basingstoke 2015).

Pernille Sonne, Copenhagen

Pernille Sonne is doing research on the history of forensic psychiatry in Denmark 1890-1935. She also works as an archivist in the Danish National Archives in Copenhagen.

Sally Swartz

Sally Swartz is a clinical psychologist, a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and has published a number of articles on histories of psychiatry in British colonies.

Anahi Sy, Universidad Nacional de Lanús, Argentina

Anahi Sy has recently started a research on history of mental health.

Nika Söderlund, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Nika Söderlund is a doctoral student at the department for social work at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. (She is also a social worker in mental health at a psychosis unit.) Her thesis project is about social histories of hallucinations and delusions. She is reading medical records for persons admitted the period 1910-1930 and is particularly interested in class and gender in these narratives.

Maria Vallström, Uppsala Universitet, Sweden

Maria Vallström is interested in and writing about patient perspectives in psychiatric institutions for the feeble minded (anti-social behaviour, imbecillity).

Juha Veijola, University of Oulu, Finland

Juha Veijola is a professor in psychiatry who started his research in the 1980s with epidemiological studies in psychiatry. Now he is most interested in brain functions in people at risk for developing severe psychiatric disorders. He believes that brain functions approach will relieve much more than we understand now in psychiatry. Brain functions approach include brain as biological basis of developing and interactive human race.

Christine Brett Vickers, LaTrobe University, Australia

Christine Brett Vickers is an Hon Fellow, History at LaTrobe Univerity in Australia. Currently she is researching the history of psychoanalysis and the mind in the Oceania regions.  She hosts the blog: Freud in Oceania.

Bo Wang, Nanjing University, China

Dr. Bo Wang obtained his Ph.D. from the Department of Philosophy at Nanjing University, under the supervision of Professor Zhang Yibin, and a master degree of psychology at Nanjing Normal University. He has since served as assistant professor of psychology at Nanjing University, top 5 in China. He was also a visiting scholar at York University, working with Professor Thomas Teo. His interests cover a wide range including the articulation of traditional Chinese thought with Western ideas, historical epistemology, critical theory, critical psychology, theoretical psychology, social studies of psychological knowledge, etc. In addition to the “Scholarship Award for Excellent Doctoral Student” (2011) granted by Ministry of Education, People’s Republic of China, Bo has been the recipient of the National Fellowship (2010), the Nomination Prize for the Most Original Humanities Research by Young Teachers at Nanjing University (2013).

Simon Wharne, UK

Simon Wharne has worked for twenty five years in mental healthcare, fifteen years managing community teams. He completed a part time PhD in 2014, employing a hermeneutic phenomenological approach to examine decision-making in mental healthcare. This involved some historical exploration, but the work was mainly teleological. Previously he has published work on the mental health service delivery framework: Assertive Outreach, or Assertive Community Treatment. This has also involved some exploration of the history of services, along with theoretical and commonplace understandings of mental illness. See Williams et al., (2011) Assertive Outreach: Current Perspectives, Wiley – Blackman: London.

Frida Wikström, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Frida Wikström is a PhD-student in history. She is working on a PhD thesis about psychiatric care in Sweden during the second half of the 20th century focusing on ‘deinstitutionalization’, discharges and psychiatric spaces. Main areas of interest are history of psychiatry, history of medicine and contemporary history.