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2014 seminars and abstracts

History of Psychiatry and Psychology Seminar Series

Seminars were held in the Arts and Humanities Common Room (G24), Foster Court, Malet Place, London WC1.

Monday 27 January
Dr Heather Wolffram (University of Canterbury, New Zealand), Hans Gross and the Birth of the Witness (abstract)

Monday 24 March
Dr Mike Jay - Over the Edge: William Sargant and the Battle for the Mind (abstract)

Monday 16 June
Dr Graham Richards (UCL), Some Psychological Facets of Creationism (abstract)

Monday 30 June
Dr Sarah Chaney (UCL), 'A Perversion of Self-feeling': The Emergence of Self-harm in Victorian Asylum Psychiatry (abstract)

Monday 21 July
Professor Vincent Barras (University of Lausanne), Plays between Reason, Language and Gods: The Case of Glossolalia 19th-20th Centuries (abstract)

Monday 22 September
Dr Allan Beveridge (Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline), 'Portrait of the Psychiatrist as a Young Man: The Early Writing and Work of RD Laing, 1927-1960 (abstract)

Monday 6 October
Professor Roland Littlewood (UCL), 'The Advent of the Adversary: Negative Power in Certain Religio-Therapeutic Systems?' (abstract)

Monday 10 November
Dr Alan Collins (Lancaster University), 'The right kind of remembering: 19th-century popular texts on memory training and the psychology of self-improvement' (abstract)

Monday 24 November
Professor Joel Eigen (Franklin & Marshall College, Pennsylvania). 'Medical Testimony and the Dynamics of Forensic Diagnosis at the Old Bailey, 1760-1913' (abstract)

Monday 1 December
Dr Marcia Holmes (Birkbeck College), 'Performing Proficiency: Psychological Experiments on Man-Machine Systems in the United States, 1950-1965' (abstract)