Stories of Psychology event in London

Over 150 people will hear five leading academics talk on the theme ‘Stories of Psychology: Archives, Histories and What They Tell Us’ at the Wellcome Collection Conference Centre on Tuesday 11 October.

This event celebrates the collaboration between the Society and the Wellcome Library, which has seen the Society’s extensive psychology archives transferred to the Library.

Peter Dillon-Hooper of the Society’s History of Psychology Centre says:

“This joint venture is fantastic for the Society as it will ensure that the archives are kept to the highest archival standard. It also ensures ease of access to the material for researchers.”

The speakers at the symposium will tackle a variety of topics:

  • “How we have changed the way we think about madness”
    Professor Richard Bentall, University of Liverpool
  • “Archival knowledge versus personal reminiscence: The case of social psychologist Henri Tajfel”
    Professor Michael Billig, Loughborough University
  • “Finding the frontier in the taxonomic archive: Kinsey's wasps and WASPS revisited”
    Dr Peter Hegarty, University of Surrey
  • “Psychological knowledge and the making of the modern state”
    Dr Rhodri Hayward, Queen Mary, University of London
  • “Studying the child in the nineteenth century”
    Professor Sally Shuttleworth, University of Oxford

The post-symposium reception will be attended by leading figures from both the Society and Wellcome Library, as well as from the History of Psychology Centre’s other partner organisations, including the Science Museum and University College London.

The Society's archive catalogue can be accessed online.