CFP: "Anglo-European Romanticism and the origins of psychiatry"

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Special Issue of History of Psychiatry: "Anglo-European Romanticism and the origins of psychiatry"

This special issue, to be published in late 2008, seeks to explore and test the commonplace that the rise of psychiatry is chronologically commensurate with European Romanticism. Towards this goal it inquires whether the claim can hold up and, if so, under what specific conditions. It invites broad, interdisciplinary approaches capable of assessing the psychiatry, or its equivalents, of different historical periods to make the case for, or against, Romanticism and the origins of psychiatry. The Romanticism addressed is focused on the generations from 1770 to 1830, and especially includes its literature and philosophy. Papers on the wide role of such thinkers as Kant are especially welcome, as are those on developments in depression, hysteria and suicide. Self-contained studies of individual thinkers (e.g., Burton, the early English psychiatrists, Pinel, Esquirol, Freud and the Germans) or writers (e.g., Coleridge, Shelley, the German nature philosophers) are not encouraged except insofar as they relate to the larger comparative matter of origins and development.

Authors are invited to contribute papers of not more than 7000 words inclusive of notes and references, and must be formatted in the journal’s house style. Scholars in all disciplines of the humanities and sciences, including medicine and its history, are invited to submit their proposals containing not more than 500 words describing their approach to Professor George Rousseau at george.rousseau@ntlworld.com by 1 February 2007. The deadline for finished contributions is 30 November 2007.

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