vendredi 9 juin 2023

Histoires de handicap et d'émotions

Histories of disability and emotions

Online conference 

When 13 Jun 2023 09:30 AM to
15 Jun 2023 04:00 PM
Where Online via Zoom (Register below to get the Zoom-link)

The history of disability and the history of emotions are now two well established fields. Historians of disabilities have often referred to and included emotions in their historical narratives. Examples of these are the existing histories related to the instrumental place occupied by pity in telethons, the tangible presence of rage and anger in histories of disability activism or the reference to (un)happiness in histories dealing with the emergence of special education. Despite the seemingly overall presence of emotions in disabilities histories, however, a more detailed examination of the role played by emotions in the history of disability is lacking. On the basis of a wide range of historical case studies the organizers of the conference Histories of Disability and Emotions aim at moving forward our knowledge and insights with regard to the methodological and theoretical approaches towards emotional histories of disabilities.

Tuesday, 13 June 2023

All time indications are CET. Paper presentations are limited to 15 minutes.

9.30 AM: Welcoming remarks and introduction by Sara Scalenghe (Loyola University Maryland), Ninon Dubourg (University of Liège) & Pieter Verstraete (KU Leuven)

10 AM: PANEL 1 – Emotional normativities through time (Chair: Pieter Verstraete)Corinne Doria (Chinese University of Hong Kong): From Pride to Embarrassment: Perception of Myopia in the 19th Century and Early 20th Century
Beck Chamberlain Heslop (University of Manchester): Feeling the Way: Emotional entanglements of white canes in Britain, c. 1960-1980
Simonetta Polenghi & Anna Debè (Catholic University of the Sacred Heart): From Christian commiseration to patriotic pride. Eliciting emotions in readers of Italian children’s literature, magazines and school textbooks (1870-1930)

11.15 AM: Coffee break

11.30 AM: PANEL 2 – Biographical and archeological approaches to emotions (Chair: TBD)Gregory Carrier (University of Toronto): Sorrowful Parents and Joyful Brothers: Emotions in Two Biographies of Hermannus Contractus
Mari Eyice (Stockholm University): Feeling dis/ability in 17th century Sweden
June-Ann Greeley (Sacred Heart University): Reading “The Lament of the Old Woman of Beare”: Gendered Old Age as Disability

12.45 PM: Lunch break

2 PM: PANEL 3 – Disability, emotions and experience (Chair: Ninon Dubourg)Michael Rembis (University at Buffalo): Madness, Affect, and Asylums in the 19th-century United States
Wendy Turner (Augusta University): Emotion, Mental Health, and Intellectual Disabilities in the Legal and Administrative Records of Medieval England
Silvia Carraro (University of Padua): Odi et amo? Daily Emotions towards Disabled People in Medieval Venice (14th-15th century)
Maja Bondestam (Uppsala University): Disability and hot nature: How emotional, not physical, traits disqualified people from work and good manners according to late 18th century Swedish medicine

3.30 PM: Coffee break

4 PM: Keynote 1 by David Turner

Wednesday, 14 June 2023

10 AM: PANEL 4 – Emotional approaches to illness and disability (Chair: TBD)Saghar Bozorgi (University of Texas at Austin): Be Fearful and/but Heal Yourself : Analyzing Emotions about Disability and Healing in mid-20th Century Iran
Emanuele Piazza (Università degli Studi di Catania): Healing Disabilities in the Diaologi of Gregory the Great
Mia Edwards (University of Warwick): Physical Disability, Physicality, and Masculinity within the Plantation Labour System, 1800-1861
Nicole Reibe (Loyola University Maryland): Silent Solidarity: Deafness, Anger, and Action in the Work of Teresa de Cartagena

11.30 AM: Coffee break

11.45 AM: PANEL 5 – The body and emotional politics (Chair: TBD)Bianca Frohne (Kiel University): Disability, Emotions, and Pain in Medieval and Early Modern Miracle Accounts
Jack Litchfield (Independent scholar): Maimed, Wounded, Febled, and Debrused: Feeling Hurts in Late Medieval English Martial Culture
Wei Yu Wayne Tan (Hope College): Disability and Illness in Quarantine: Hōjō Tamio and the Experience of Leprosy (Hansen’s Disease) in Modern Japan

1 PM: Lunch break

2 PM: PANEL 6 – Disability, narrativity and emotional prosthesis (Chair: TBD)Marla Carlson (University of Georgia): Blindness and Disgust in Medieval French Farce
Magdalena Matczak (Nicolaus Copernicus University): Osteobiographies of Disability and Emotions in Medieval Culmen, Poland
Marit Ronen (Independent scholar): Disgust and Disability, Gatekeeping in Early Medieval England
Abigail Greaves (University of Nottingham): Impairment, Sadness, and Hagiography in Early Medieval England

3.30 PM: Coffee break

3.45 PM: Panel 7 – Agency, the disabled self and emotions (Chair: TBD)Chayyim Holtkamp (The Citadel): Resistance in a Mental Institution: The South Carolina Lunatic Asylum as a Site of Patient Agency
Paul Van Trigt (Leiden University): Disabling suffering. Dutch self-advocates and pain (relief) during the 1990s
Timo Houtekamer (European University Institute): Symptoms or Self-Expressions? The Role of Emotions in Patient Files of People Diagnosed with Schizophrenia in Zurich, 1908-1950

5 PM: Coffee break

5.15 PM: Keynote 2 by Barbara Rosenwein

Thursday, 15 June 2023

10 AM: PANEL 8 – Performing emotions and disability (Chair: TBD)Kalina Hadzhikova (Johns Hopkins University): Folly, Performance, and Emotional Regulation in Medieval England."
Kirstie Stage (Christ’s College, University of Cambridge): ‘Piss on Pity’: Disabled Activists Challenging Narratives
Flora Amann (University of Jean Monnet): A Language of Emotions in the Age of Reason. Sign Language, Rationalism and Sensualism in Eighteenth-Century France
Esme Cleall (University of Sheffield): Dancing for Joy’: Disability and the Affective Connection in British Missionary Writing

11.30 AM: Coffee break

11.45 AM: PANEL 9 – Educational regimes of emotions and disability (Chair: TBD)Shilpaa Anand (BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus): Being Sentimental, Being Enraged: Historicizing the Symbolism of Ekalavya’s Amputation
Gábor Bradács (Independent scholar): Claudi quoque et muti, surdique et paralitici a suis sunt infirmitatibus liberati. The perception of the disability in the medieval Hungarian hagiography between abhorrence and compassion
Léo Delaune (University of Strasbourg): Fear of humiliation, desire for humility: shame and physical disability in medieval exempla

1 PM: Lunch break

2 PM: PANEL 10 – Emotional knowledge and disablement (Chair: Sara Scalenghe)Hilary Buxton (Kenyon College): Pride and Pity: Performing Emotion in Interwar South Asian Disability Petitions
Marco Di Giulio (Franklin & Marshall College): Contesting the Politics of British Prosthetic Care: Pain, Nativeness, and the Plight of Palestinian Jewish Amputees in WWII
Nathanje Dijkstra (Utrecht University): Navigating pain, fatique and misery. A practice-focused analysis of emotional expressions in workers' disability benefit claims in the Netherlands (1901-1967)
Elif Küskü (Istanbul Technical University): Feelings of the Orthopedically Disabled: Arm and Leg Prosthesis Petitions in the Ottoman Empire

3.30 PM: Concluding remarks

Sciences de la santé et bien-être des familles en Europe du Sud-Est

Reconstructing and Reimagining the Family: Health sciences and welfare on families in Southeastern Europe (1945-1989)

Call for papers

The workshop "Reconstructing and Reimagining the Family: Health sciences and welfare on families in Southeastern Europe (1945-1989)" will take place in Athens, Greece, on September 8 2023. It is organized by the École Française d’Athènes (EFA), the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), the Centre de Recherche Médecine, Sciences, Santé, Santé Mentale, Société (CERMES3), the COST Action “Who Cares in Europe", the Modern Greek History Research Centre, Academy of Athens and the Greek Network for the History of Health.

Submission of proposals by 4/6/2023.
Notification of acceptance: 19/6/2023.

Please address your queries and send your proposal (300-word abstract, along with and a one-page cv) to Despo Kritsotaki ( and Nicolas Henckes

The call for papers reads:

At the end of the Second World War families all over Europe faced harsh realities: missing, killed, and injured members, loss of home and recourses, dislocation and separation. At the same time, “the family” was recognized as “the natural and fundamental group unit of society […] entitled to protection by society and the State”.[1] It was placed at the foreground of a series of discourses and practices aiming at reconstructing Europe, and at guarantying its economic, political and social stability and progress. In a nutshell, the rebuilding and development of post-war societies went through the rebuilding of families, which was often envisioned as reform or even as “modernization” of the family. Subsequently, over the course of the second half of the twentieth century, political, economic and cultural changes had varied and profound effects on families and the notion of “the family”. These developments can be fruitfully explored from the perspective of health sciences and welfare interventions.

The workshop aspires to enrich and nuance our understanding of post-war visions of and approaches to the family through an original geographical and analytical lens. On the one hand, it will chart new research on the countries of the post-war Southeastern Europe (Greece, Albania, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Romania and Turkey), which are understudied in comparison to Western European countries, and which are rarely examined together, owing to their different political systems and social policies. On the other hand, through the concept of health, a notion that was broadened in the post-war period to encompass not only the physical and mental, but also the social, the workshop embarks on a combined exploration of medical and social sciences, along with welfare professions, in shaping discourses and undertaking action on families.[2]

More specifically, we are interested in the following research questions:

-Which medical sciences were claiming expertise on the family after the Second World War? Did they include specialties beyond pediatrics, obstetrics-gynecology, psychiatry and child psychiatry? Which ones were newcomers and which had been already established during the interwar period? Did their approaches change in the course of the twentieth century?

- To what extent welfare agents and workers (experts and volunteers) cooperated with health scientists and/or adopted and furthered discourses and practices on health in their work with families? Can we discern a trend of “psychosocial welfare”, namely an approach binding social welfare with interventions on relationships within the family and, more specifically, on mental and emotional health? Did the “psy” become central in understanding and working with families, as it has been argued for countries of Western Europe?

- What was the role of professionals, such as nurses, social workers and therapists, but also of social scientists, in the health schemes around families? Special emphasis is placed on social work, which although not a science, drew heavily on sciences, both the social (mainly sociology) and the “psy” sciences (psychiatry, psychology and psychoanalysis), thus proving a useful case study at the intersection among health and the social.

-Which family health approaches were officially recognized and more widely disseminated? Were there critiques and resistances to formal and mainstream attempts of family normalization and reshaping, for example by alternative family models, youth cultures, or the movements of the late 1960s?

-How were family health interventions linked with political developments? How did political regimes, and their changes, affect the reconstruction and reimagining of the postwar family? What were the professionals’ positions towards political developments? For instance, did they try to have an impact on them, or take advantage of them in order to trigger change within their own professional field? What sort of coalitions did they try to create with political actors?

By investigating new and old understandings, continuities and ruptures in family interventions through the concept of health, the workshop ultimately aims at providing insights into how “the family” has been defined, represented and reinvented in different social and political contexts in Southeastern Europe during the post-war period.

The workshop is organized within the convention between the École Française d’ Athènes ( and the École des hautes études en sciences sociales ( and is supported by the COST Action “Who Cares in Europe” ( It aims at fostering the scientific partnership between France, Greece, and Europe, and at connecting researchers working on different fields and countries that are not usually in dialogue with each other.

Funding opportunities will be provided for a limited number of participants from the EHESS or members of the COST Action “Who Cares in Europe”. In addition, there will be the option of online participation, as the workshop will be hosted in a hybrid format.

[1] Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 16, 1946,

[2] The much-quoted definition of the World Health Organization of health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” comes from the 1946 Constitution of the World Health Organization, p. 1,

jeudi 8 juin 2023

Le jeune Foucault et la psychopathologie

Le jeune Foucault et la psychopathologie : archives et éditions

Matinée d'étude 

Le jeudi 22 juin 2023 (8h30-13h) en salle Ribot à l’École normale supérieure, 29 rue d'Ulm, 75005 à Paris

Dans les années 1950, bien avant sa renommée internationale, Michel Foucault publie peu d'ouvrages, tous liés au thème de la psychopathologie. Dans l'Introduction qui accompagne la traduction française de l'ouvrage du psychiatre suisse Ludwig Binswanger Le Rêve et l'existence en 1954, le philosophe annonce un « ouvrage ultérieur » qui s'efforcera de « situer l'analyse existentielle dans le développement de la réflexion contemporaine sur l'homme ». Foucault ne publiera jamais ce livre, mais il en a conservé le manuscrit, lequel est publié aujourd'hui grâce à un travail dans les manuscrits de la Bibliothèque Nationale de France, dans le cadre du projet d'édition des manuscrits des cours et travaux du philosophe précédant sa nomination au Collège de France en 1970.

Cette matinée d'étude se propose de présenter ce travail d'édition dans le cadre du projet ANR de numérisation des fiches de lecture de Foucault conservées à la BnF (FFL), mais aussi de réfléchir de manière plus large sur certaines problématiques épistémologiques liées à la fois au champ de la médecine mentale et à l'archéologie foucaldienne.

Intervenants : Elisabetta Basso (Université de Pavie et Caphés), Claude Debru (Caphés), Mireille Delbraccio (Caphés), Henri-Paul Fruchaud, Marie-Laure Massot (Caphés), Vincent Ventresque (ENS Lyon).

Médecine de l'intime et psychiatrie

Médecine de l'intime et psychiatrie : regards sur le genre et l'historiographie. XIXe-XXe

Journée d'étude

12 JUIN 2023

10h-12h : Amphithéâtre de la Maison de la Création et de l’Innovation

14h-16h30 : Salle Jacques Cartier
Pour suivre le colloque à distance par zoom, consulter le site web de l’ILCEA4

Organisation : Véronique Molinari et Irène Favier Contacts :


Amphithéâtre de la MaCI 9:15-9:45 Coffee
9:45 Welcome address

10:00 Keynote: Richard SHA (Center for Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Washington, DC) : “Female Agency and the Medical Discourse of the Passions in the Long Eighteenth Century”

Chair: Caroline Bertonèche


Chair : Véronique Molinari (ILCEA4, UGA)

Laurence Dubois (Université Paris Nanterre, CREA) : «Female patients and staff at Hanwell Asylum (1830s-1860s): juggling limitations and opportunities in a male-dominated medical sphere.»

Aude Fauvel et Izel Demirbas (Institut des Humanités en Médecine, CHUV – Université de Lausanne) The first women physicians and the treatment of so-called female «disorders» (1880s-1920s): a new vision of medicine?

Yoshiya Makita (Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo) : “Contested Terrain: Mental Retardation and the Gendered Politics of Diagnosis in Early Twentieth-Century New York”

12:30 Lunch


Salle Jacques Cartier (Maison des Langues)


Chair : Irène Favier (LARHRA, UGA)

Caroline Rusterholz ((Institut des Humanités en Médecine, CHUV – Université de Lausanne) : “Teen, Sex and the Brook Advisory Centre, 1960s-1990s”

Sarah Crook (Swansea University)
“I was not a feminist until I had children, and I became a sociologist as an escape from the problems of having children’: feminist sociology and the production of knowledge about distressed motherhood in 1970s Britain”

Alexandrine Guyard-Nedelec

(Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)

“C-sectioning women with mental health issues: a controversial practice”  

mercredi 7 juin 2023

Santé et Humanités du XVIe au XVIIIe siècles

Santé et Humanités, quelle interdisciplinarité pour les XVIe-XVIIIe siècles ?

Journée d'étude organisée par Jennifer Ruimi et Sophie Vasset.

Vendredi 9 juin 2023, 9h30-17h

Lieu : Université Paul-Valéry, site Saint-Charles 2, Auditorium
et en visio-conférence (lien communiqué sur demande)

Contacts : ;

Les événements du Royal College of Nursing

Royal College of Nursing's events 

A Duty to Care: The Emotional Community of Nursing in the Second World War (online)

7 June 2023, 6 – 7pm

Over the course of the Second World War, 12,000 British women served as military nurses with the Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service (QA's). In this talk, doctoral candidate Katherine Roberts draws on the personal writings of seven QA's in order to explore the experience of military nurses and to consider how the expectations of the British wartime community influenced the ways in which these women captured their emotions in their diaries and letters.

Book your free ticket:

In Conversation with Nursing Pioneers: The Health of the Next Generation (hybrid)

Wednesday 28 June, 5 – 7.30pm (5.30pm online start)

Online and RCN, 20 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0RN

Ever since Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole, nurses have blazed a trail in healthcare. They have pioneered improvements in practice, carried out cutting-edge research and advanced education. This event focuses on nursing for children and young people. Join a panel of RCN Fellows to explore how changes in health and medicine have affected the complex needs of young people, and how nursing research and practice has helped improve care. The event will be chaired by Professor Sir Alan Craft. Speakers include RCN Fellows Professor Jane Coad and Rachel Hollis.

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At the Heart of the Nation: Migration and the NHS

Tuesday 4 July 2023, 6 – 8pm (6.30pm start online)

Online and RCN, 20 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0RN

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the NHS and Windrush, this panel event chaired by Gary Younge brings together nursing staff and historians to explore the contributions of migrants to the NHS. In partnership with the Migration Museum, find out more about the vital contributions of migrants to health care in the UK, view stories of migration from the RCN and Migration Museum collections and share your own story discs. This event is part of Migration: a public history festival a series of lectures, exhibitions, workshops and walks around London, supported by the Raphael Samuel History Centre.

Book your free ticket here:

mardi 6 juin 2023

Occultes médecines

Occultes médecines

Arcana Naturae, n°3 (2022) 

Sous la direction de Léo Bernard

L’ouvrage est désormais disponible à l’achat en ligne en France.

Dell Rose, Durch die Physik: Franz von Baader’s “New” Physicalism

Lucia De Frenza, Pierre Thouvenel (1745-1815) : un médecin et les merveilles de sa baguette divinatoire

Léo Bernard, Le mage et le médecin. L’œuvre et les activité médicales de Gérard Encausse (1865-1916)

Mariano Villalba, Le système médical d’Arnold Krumm-Heller (1876-1949) : occultisme, racisme, eugénisme et nouvelles méthodes de guérison entre Europe et Amérique latine

Alexandra Nagel, Palmistry, an art Between the Occult and Medicine. Illustrated by German Practitioners During the Interbellum

Holly Folk, Occult Anatomy: Esoteric Paradigms of Spiritual Healing

Analyses d’ouvrages
Thibaut Rioult, L’agentivité chez Guillaume d’Auvergne, entre théologie, philosophie naturelle et magie

Andrea Fiamma, Das erbe des Nikolaus Von Kues im spiegel der alchimie

Les cadres moraux de la santé publique

Moral frameworks for public health

Lectures by Nathalie Egalité and Allan Arturo González Estrada

Venue: LSHTM, 15-17 Tavistock Place, Room 315 and online
Date: Wednesday 7 June 2023

Time: 16:00 - 17:30
Date and time zone is UK

Join session remotely

All Welcome

This seminar examines some of the moral frameworks proposed or implemented for public health in two different contexts: those put forward by Algerian psychiatrist and philosopher Frantz Fanon in the 1950s-60s, and by philosophers shaping public health policy in 19th and early 20th century Costa Rica. ​
Colonial Algeria, Social Medicine: Moral Imperatives in Fanon’s Physician Writing 

A key figure in postcolonial thought, psychiatrist Frantz Fanon wrote extensively about the effects of social determinants on the health of patients under his care. Theorising on the impacts of colonialism, war, economic marginalisation, and repressive state interventions in Algeria, he further denounced the actions and attitudes of his physician colleagues who collectively opposed social change. This paper argues that distinct moral imperatives pertaining to public health and social medicine can be discerned in Fanon’s literary treatment of patients.  Close reading reveals that Fanon perceived duties and responsibilities towards patients, health institutions, and the whole of society. ​Fanon articulated a moral vision for revolutionary social medicine. Empowering patients through culturally informed care, he reformed the hospital as a space for healing, community and solidarity. He broke ground recognising racism as a public health issue. Moreover, he advocated for political liberation to improve material conditions of care. Fanon’s texts, embedded in a larger transformative project, remain morally instructive for contemporary evaluations of writing about public health.    

​​Epidemics and ethics in Costa Rica 

A young Costa Rican republic witnessed two significant outbreaks of disease within the first 35 years of declaring independence. During that time, Costa Rica did not have an ethical framework for managing such significant public health crises. One of the few philosophers of that era in Costa Rica was José Maria Castro Madriz, first president of Costa Rica, with a PhD in Philosophy: Castro Madriz drew his inspiration from French philosophers like Jean Jacques Burlamaqui, and his ideas created a moral framework for many of the significant interventions of the mid-nineteenth century. ​By the 20th century, new outbreaks challenged a now more established state, and public institutions could confront these health crises by drawing on novel ideas like Marxism. But these public health measures were not easily accepted by many Costa Rican citizens, creating significant conflict between the state and the citizenry. The similarities of the ethical conflicts between the state and the citizens, bears a striking resemblance to the world’s most recent public health crisis: SARS-CoV-2. 


Nathalie Egalité is the inaugural John P. Murphy Fellow in Medical Humanities at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. Trained in philosophical ethics and with a PhD in Medical Humanities from the University of Texas Medical Branch, she has conducted research on projects at the intersection of research, clinical care, and public health and has published on ethical issues in genetics, mental health, and racism in medicine.

Allan Arturo González Estrada is the head of the Philosophy Department at Universidad Nacional, Costa Rica. He has a Masters in Bioethics and a PhD in Philosophy, and carries out research on applied ethics, bioethics, philosophy of mind, and epistemology. ​