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Across the borders: German-Brazilian Psychiatry between 1900 and 1930

Wednesday 5 October 2016, 1.00PM to 3.00pm

Speaker(s): Dr. Cristiana Facchinetti (Casa de Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz)

This research masterclass will be centered on the circulation of German-speaking psychiatric knowledge in early twentieth-century Brazil. Dr. Faccinetti will explore how those theories and practices were absorbed at the National Hospital for the Insane (Hospício Nacional de Alienados) and at the agency for Assistance to the Insane (Assistência a Alienados) in the Federal District (Rio de Janeiro) from 1903 to 1930, when Juliano Moreira was the director of both institutions.

The period was crucial to the formation of a national mental health service and to the development of Brazilian Psychiatry, as a modern science. Psychiatry became increasingly socially important at this time, especially because of the new responses it had to offer to the challenges posed by a population seen as an obstacle to the modernization projects. We expect that the strategy will allow us to demonstrate how Brazilian Psychiatrists fit Kraepelin’s theories and practices into distinctive local reality, responding to own demands and dynamics, and producing different practices.

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Location: BS/008, Berrick Saul Building, University of York

Admission: Free but with limited spaces. Please email to confirm your attendance.