lundi 23 avril 2018

Les monstres humains à la Renaissance

Portraits of Human Monsters in the Renaissance. Dwarves, Hirsutes, and Castrati as Idealized Anatomical Anomalies

Touba Ghadessi

220 pages
Hardback (March 2018)
ISBN-13 9781580442756

At the center of this interdisciplinary study are court monsters--dwarves, hirsutes, and misshapen individuals--who, by their very presence, altered Renaissance ethics vis-à-vis anatomical difference, social virtues, and scientific knowledge. The study traces how these monsters evolved from objects of curiosity, to scientific cases, to legally independent beings. The works examined here point to the intricate cultural, religious, ethical, and scientific perceptions of monstrous individuals who were fixtures in contemporary courts.

Difference as an Inquiry
Renaissance Portrait and Intellectual Frame
Perfected Miniatures - Dwarves at Court
A Civilized Savage - The Hirsute's Conquest
Audible Absence - The Castrato's Voice

Les archives des institutions de santé

Archives of Healthcare Institutions: History and Documentation


General State Archives
Historical Archive of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Historical Archive of the Municipality of Athens and Network for the History of Health

25-27 April 2018
Athens, General State Archives, 61 Dafnis St., Psychiko


Wednesday 25 April 2018


16:00 | Greetings


Katerina Gardikas: What are historians looking for in the archives of healthcare institutions?

Nikos Karapidakis: Conceptualising the question “Health’s archives”

17:20 | Break

Chair: Anastasia Papadia-Lala

Vangelis Karamanolakis, Chaido Barkoula: The University of Athens and the Greek healthcare network (1837-1937): archival records and research questions

Maria Stefanidou, George Loutsidis, Sotirios Athanaselis: The archives of the Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, School of Medicne, University of Athens

Evgenia Bournova: The archive of the Medical Association of Athens: exploring the formation of the medical body

Christos Dinos, George Dounias: Athens School of Hygiene (YSA). Alumni profiles, 1931-1940

18:30 | Discussion

Thursday 26 April 2018


Chair: Efi Poulakou-Rebelakou

Zetta Antonopoulou: The historical records of the Athens Municipal Hospital “ELPIS”.

Yannis Gonatidis: “…since they began keeping books…”. The historical archive of the Municipal Hospital of Hermoupolis, 1834-1954

Annita Prassa: Treating diseases in Magnesia. Hospital archives in the Regional General State Archives of Magnesia

Dimitris Anoyatis-Pelé and Costas Tsiamis: Sotiria Hospital, Parnitha Sanatorium, Penteli Sanatorium: the records of patients as a demographic, historical and medical source

Costas Tsiamis and Dimitris Anoyatis-Pelé: The hospital proceedings as a medico-historical source: the case of Hospital "Evangelismos" (1927-1939)

11:15 | Discussion

11:45 | Coffee Break

Chair: Marietta Minotou

Symeon Tsempoglou: Sorting and selection of public health archives by the Department of Contemporary Archives of the Central Service of General State Archives

Katerina Zografou: Healthcare and archives: an overview of the resources of the General State Archives (GSA) of Greece (Central Service)

Dimitris Bacharas: The health-related archives in ELIA-MIET / Les archives de ELIA-MIET sur la santé

Nikolaos Melios, Evangelia Bafouni: Greek Documentation Centre for the history of Hansen’s Disease: from a conventional archive to a documented archive

13:15 | Discussion



Chair: Yannis Evdokimidis

Despo Kritsotaki: The archive of the Centre for Mental Health and Research (1956-1978)

Vasia Lekka: Writing Eginition Hospital’s oral history (1950-1979): research questions and perspectives

Marianna Kolyva: The archives of the “Madhouse” / Psychiatric Hospital of Corfu (1838-2000)

17:45 | Discussion

18:15 | A documentary The man who disturbed the world, by Stavros Psyllakis, (on the Psychiatric Hospital of Chania)”, 52', co-produced with Ε.Κ.Κ.© 2000

With an introduction from Stavros Psyllakis.

Friday 27 April 2018


Chair: Lydia Dracaki-Sapounaki

Thanasis Barlagiannis: Police and health during king Otto's reign: an archival approach

Foteini Lekka: “What the Municipality, our politicians and even the rich of our town failed at, was accomplished by the bishop himself”: the hospital “Saint Seraphim” (1935) and the debate about public health in the first half of the 20th century in Karditsa (Thessaly)

Yannis Stoyannidis: Archives and the restoration of anti-TB policy. The Greek state and private sanatoria in the early 20th c.

Evangelos Chekimoglou: The religious communities of Thessaloniki as healthcare providing institutions: their archival remnants

11:00 | Discussion

11:30 | Coffee Break

Chair: Maria Stratigaki

Zetta Antonopoulou, Vassiliki Sfika: Healthcare in local government. The “Metropolitan” example

Myrto Dimitropoulou, Evgenia Bournova: The Civil Act Registry as a source for the history of health

Efstathia (Evi) Tzavella: Primary healthcare in the Municipal Clinics of Athens. Establishment, progression and development

Ipakoi Chatzimichail: The First Aid Station of the Assistance Department of the Greek Red Cross (1931-1995): approaches to the archive through the eyes of a researcher

13:00 | Discussion


Chair: Vassiliki Theodorou

Katerina Konstantinidou: Plague, the historian and the Venetian State Archive

Lena Korma: Infectious diseases in times of war. The case of the Armée française d’Orient, 1915-1918

Katerina Gardikas: The UNRRA archive

Andreas Vourtsis and Sylva Haralampous, The historical archive of the Hellenic Pasteur Institute: preserving a century of history

18:00 | Discussion

18:30 | Coffee Break


Evgenia Bournova, Giorgos Dounias, Yannis Evdokimidis, Amalia Pappa

20:00 | Légion d’honneur, a film produced by the

Historistai Group with Loft12 and COSMOTE TV (45'), 2018

With an introduction from Maria Sabatakaki of the Historistai Group.

An exhibition of documents will be on display during the Conference.

Zeta Antonopoulou
Chaido Barkoula
Evgenia Bournova
Katerina Gardikas
Vangelis Karamanolakis
Marietta Minotou
Christina Sarra
Yannis Stoyannidis
Secretariate: Myrto Karageorgi-Gyftodimou

  • Anoyatis-Pelé, Dimitris, Historian, Department of History, Ionian University,
  • Antonopoulou, Zetta, PhD in Art History from National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Head of City of Athens Historical Archives,
  • Athanaselis, Sotirios, Professor of Toxicology, School of Medicine, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens,
  • Bacharas, Dimitris, Historical Archives, ELIA-MIET,
  • Bafouni, Evangelia, Historian, Institute for the Study of Local and Business History,
  • Barkoula, Chaido, Laboratory teaching staff, Historical Archive, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens,
  • Barlagiannis, Thanasis, Historian,
  • Bournova, Evangelia, Historian, Professor, Department of Economics, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens,
  • Chatzimichail, Ipakoi, Philologist, Historian, General State Archives, Central Service,
  • Chekimoglou, Evangelos, Director, Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki,
  • Dimitropoulou, Myrto, PhD, Historian, Researcher,
  • Dounias, Georgios, Dir. MPH Occupational & Environmental Health, National School of Public Health,
  • Dracaki-Sapounaki, Lydia, Professor, Department of Economic and Regional Development, Panteion University,
  • Evdokimidis, Yannis, Professor emeritus, School of Medicine, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens,
  • Gardikas, Katerina, Historian, Department of History and Archaeology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens,
  • Gonatidis, Yannis, Historian, PhD candidate in modern history, University of Crete,
  • Haralambous, Sylva, Dr., Senior Researcher, Hellenic Pasteur Institute,
  • Karageorgi Gyftodimou, Myrto, Philologist, General State Archives, Central Service,
  • Karamanolakis, Vangelis, Historian, Chairman of Governing Committee, Historical Archive, University of Athens, Department of History and Archaeology, University of Athens,
  • Karapidakis, Nikos, General State Archives, President of the Supervisory Council,
  • Kolyva, Marianna, Professor of Archives Science, Ionian University,
  • Konstantinidou, Katerina, Assistant Professor, Department of History and Archaeology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens,
  • Korma, Lena, Historian, École Française d’Athènes,
  • Kritsotaki, Despo, Historian, Post-doctoral Researcher, University of Crete,
  • Lekka, Foteini, PhD, Museologist, Historian, University of Thessaly, Municipal City Museum of Karditsa,
  • Lekka, Vasia, Historian, Adjunct Academic Staff, Hellenic Open University,
  • Loutsidis, Georgios, Historian, Research Assistant, Laboratory of Toxicology and Forensic Medicine, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens,
  • Melios, Nikolaos, Historian, Institute for the Study of Local and Business History,
  • Minotou, Marietta, General State Archives, Director of the Central Service,
  • Ntinos, Christos, Public Health Officer, ‘Gennimatas’ Hospital,
  • Papadia-Lala, Anastasia, Professsor of History of Early Modern Hellenism, Department of History and Archaeology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens,
  • Pappa, Amalia, Archivist, General State Archives, Head of Department of Library and Reading Room & Deputy Director of the Central Service,
  • Poulakou-Rebelakou, Efi, Associate Professor of History of Medicine, School of Medicine, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens,
  • Prassa, Annita, Archivist, Historian, General State Archives, Head of the Regional Service of Magnesia,
  • Psyllakis, Stavros, Film Director,
  • Sampatakaki, Maria, Historian, historistai Group for the Production of Public History,
  • Sarra, Christina, Archivist, General State Archives, Head of Department of Planning, Coordination and Studies of the Central Service,
  • Sfika, Vasiliki, Archaeologist, Msc HOU, City of Athens Historical Archives,
  • Stefanidou, Maria, Professor of Toxicology, School of Medicine, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens,
  • Stoyannidis, Yannis, Historian, University of West Attica,
  • Stratigaki, Maria, Vice Mayor for Social Solidarity Welfare & Equality, Municipality of Athens, Associate Professor of Social Policy, Panteion University,
  • Theodorou, Vassiliki, Professor of Modern History, Democritus University of Thrace,
  • Tsempoglou, Symeon, Archivist, General State Archives, Head of Department of Appraisal and Disposal of the Central Service,
  • Tsiamis, Costas, Laboratory of Microbiology, School of Medicine, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens,
  • Tzavella, Evi, Dental Surgeon, Msc of School of Medicine, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Head of Department of Social Solidarity & Public Health Care, Athens Municipality,
  • Vourtsis, Andreas, Historical Archive, Hellenic Pasteur Institute,
  • Zografou, Katerina, Archivist, General State Archives, Central Service,

dimanche 22 avril 2018

La pratique médicale de Richard Napier

Medicine, Religion, and Magic in Early Stuart England: Richard Napier's Medical Practice 

Ofer Hadass

Series: Magic in History
Hardcover: 232 pages
Publisher: Penn State University Press; 1 edition (March 26, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-0271080185

The astrologer-physician Richard Napier (1559-1634) was not only a man of practical science and medicine but also a master of occult arts and a devout parish rector who purportedly held conversations with angels. This new interpretation of Napier reveals him to be a coherent and methodical man whose burning desire for certain, true knowledge contributed to the contemporary venture of putting existing knowledge to useful ends.

Originally trained in theology and ordained as an Anglican priest, Napier later studied astrological medicine and combined astrology, religious thought, and image and ritual magic in his medical work. Ofer Hadass draws on a remarkable archive of Napier’s medical cases and religious writings—including the interviews he claimed to have held with angels—to show how Napier’s seemingly inconsistent approaches were rooted in an inclusive and coherent worldview, combining equal respect for ancient authority and for experientially derived knowledge. Napier’s endeavors exemplify the fruitful relationship between religion and science that offered a well-founded alternative to the rising mechanistic explanation of nature at the time.

Carefully researched and compellingly told, Medicine, Religion, and Magic in Early Stuart England is an insightful exploration of one of the most fascinating figures at the intersection of medicine, magic, and theology in early modern England and of the healing methods employed by physicians of the era.

Les peaux médiévales


Call for Papers

Mid-America Medieval Association 42nd Annual Conference
University of Kansas, Lawrence
September 22, 2018

We construe the notion of skin, or skins, as having multiple meanings, contexts, and sites of enquiry; it could pertain to humans or animals; as a covering or a disguise, revealing or concealing identity, a marker of difference and similarity, race, class, and gender; the mutilated witness to heroic and saintly deeds, or the epitome of idealized beauty; it can be sacred or profane; it may also evoke science, medicine, and the body; skin as writing surface and manuscript; as palimpsest, the scraping away of layers of meaning; it may allude to blank spaces and lacunae; skin as the polychrome surface of a statue, or a fresco; architectural skins and façades; it could relate to surfaces, spaces, and landscapes; to the veneers of civilization and society. We invite papers thatengage these topics, or any related to the fieldof medieval studies.

Plenary address by Dr. Andrew Beresford,
University of Durham: "Dermal
Identities in the Legend of St Bartholomew"

Professor Beresford is the Associate Director of the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture, and a founding member of the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies at Durham. His internationally recognized work focuses on intersections in early Spanish literature, art, and culture, with a focus on hagiography, gender, and literary theory. His many publications include The Severed Breast: The Legends of Saints Agatha and Lucy in Medieval Castilian Literature (2010), The Legend of Saint Agnes in Medieval Castilian Literature (2007), and The Legends of the Holy Harlots: Thaïs and Pelagia in Medieval Spanish Literature (2007).

Please send proposals of 250 words by June 1st to Caroline Jewers at

Sponsored by The University of Kansas College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Hall Center for the Humanities, KU School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, The Franklin D. Murphy Lecture Fund, The Kress Foundation Department of Art History, KU Libraries, KU School of Music, and the KU Departments of: French, Francophone & Italian Studies, English, Germanic Languages & Literatures, History, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Slavic Languages & Literatures, Spanish and
Portuguese. Our special thanks to the journal La Corónica.

Organized by:
University of Kansas MEMS (Medieval and Early Modern Studies)

samedi 21 avril 2018

Histoires transculturelles des psychothérapies

Towards Transcultural Histories of Psychotherapies

European Journal of Psychotherapy & Counselling, 20 (1), 2018

Guest Editor: Sonu Shamdasani

Introduction to special issue ‘Towards transcultural histories of psychotherapies’
Del Loewenthal Editor-in-Chief

Towards transcultural histories of psychotherapies
Sonu Shamdasani

Suggestion, persuasion and work: Psychotherapies in communist Europe
Sarah Marks

Manualizing psychotherapy: Aaron T. Beck and the origins of Cognitive Therapy of Depression
Rachael I. Rosner

Modernist Pills against Brazilian Alienism (1920–1945)
Cristiana Facchinetti

Buddhism, Christianity, and psychotherapy: A three-way conversation in the mid-twentieth century
Christopher Harding

Inferiority and bereavement: Implicit psychological commitments in the cultural history of Scottish psychotherapy
Gavin Miller

Towards trans-cultural histories of psychotherapies
Hans Pols

Transcultural histories of psychotherapy
Keir Martin

Book Reviews  

Slavoj Žižek and radical politics
Nebojša Blanuša

Diagnostic cultures: A cultural approach to the pathologisation of modern life
Anne Cooke

Immigrants and refugees. Trauma, perennial mourning, prejudice and border psychology
Diana Brotherton

50e congrès Cheiron

Cheiron 50th Anniversary Conference 

The Cummings Center for the History of Psychology is pleased to host the 50th anniversary of Cheiron: The International Society for the History of Behavioral and Social Sciences. This special celebratory year promises to be filled with great presentations, stimulating conversation, and special surprises!

When: June 21-24, 2018

Where: The University of Akron campus What: The annual meeting of Cheiron, formed in 1968 to promote international cooperation and multidisciplinary studies in the history of the behavioral and social sciences.

Program :

vendredi 20 avril 2018

L'histoire de la psychiatrie en dix traitements

The Drugs That Changed Our Minds: The history of psychiatry in ten treatments 

Lauren Slater

Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (March 22, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-1471136887

As our approach to mental illness has oscillated from biological to psychoanalytical and back again, so have our treatments. With the rise of psychopharmacology, an ever-increasing number of people throughout the globe are taking a psychotropic drug, yet nearly seventy years after doctors first began prescribing them, we still don't really know exactly how or why they work - or don't work - on what ails our brains. In The Drugs that Changed Our Minds, Lauren Slater offers an explosive account not just of the science but of the people - inventors, detractors and consumers - behind our narcotics, from the earliest, Thorazine and Lithium, up through Prozac, Ecstasy, 'magic mushrooms', the most cutting-edge memory drugs and neural implants. In so doing, she narrates the history of psychiatry itself and illuminates the signature its colorful little capsules have left on millions of brains worldwide, and how these wonder drugs may heal us or hurt us.

Postdoctorat sur les pathologies de la solitude

3 year Postdoc to work on ‘Pathologies of Solitude, 18th – 21st century’

Call for applications 

The School of History at Queen Mary University of London wishes to recruit a three-year Postdoctoral Research Assistant to work on a Wellcome Trust funded research project, ‘Pathologies of Solitude, 18th – 21st century’, led by Professor Barbara Taylor (PI).

This project, which begins in September 2018, is a four-year investigation into changing perceptions of solitude in Britain from the 18th century to the present, with particular emphasis on the perceived health risks of solitude and loneliness. The project is collaborative, involving a research network and visiting scholars who will explore solitude from multiple disciplinary perspectives. The project will also engage with campaigns devoted to alleviating loneliness, while an ambitious outreach programme will take its findings to the general public.

Two further Postdoctoral Research Assistant posts will be advertised in the course of the project (for posts beginning in January 2019 and September 2019).Full details of the project can be requested from Professor Taylor:

The successful candidate will hold a PhD in a relevant area which will have been awarded before the start of the role. Relevant subject areas include but are not limited to: history of the emotions; medical humanities; English literature; history of religion; cultural history; philosophy; intellectual history; gender studies; scientific studies of the emotions; psychology; psychiatry; psychoanalysis; social anthropology; sociology; urban studies; gerontology; comparative literature.

Applications close 24 April 2018. More details are available here.