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Seminari: The Material Ecology of Electroconvulsive Therapy

 

CICLO: “La cultura material de la psiquiatría”

 

Seminario impartido por Max Gawlich, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

Miércoles 10 de noviembre de 2021 a las 18 h.

The Material Ecology of Electroconvulsive Therapy

In the 1930s many mental health practitioners had already gained experiences treating patients not with pills or by injection but with electric stimulation. Many of them had their share of galvanisation, faradisation or other applications of electricity to treat soldiers suffering from shell shock, ‘hysteric housewives’ or ‘lachrymose morphinists’. In the 1930 psychiatrists also adopted further somatic therapies, in particular shock therapies. In the late 1930s the innovation and distribution of Electro-Convulsive Therapy took place in this therapeutic setting surrounded by the spread of electrification and electric things in the broader society. In my talk I will discuss the role and effects of this material ecology surrounding the introduction and adaptation of early ECT in Germany and Britain during the Second World War. By comparison, I will pursue the question: how institutional traditions are inscribed in the material culture of psychiatric therapy and how it structures the process of therapeutic development on the clinical level?

Max Gawlich es historiador en la Universidad de Heidelberg, donde desarrolla un proyecto de investigación sobre la vida cotidiana y la cura de los niños a las dos Alemanias durante la década de 1970, patrocinadas por el DFG (Fundación Alemania de Investigación). Se doctoró en Heidelberg con un estudio sobre la innovación y la distribución de la Terapia Electroconvulsiva en Gran Bretaña, Alemania y Suiza durante los años cuarenta y cincuenta del siglo XX, publicado el 2017 con el título Eine Maschine, die wirkt: Die Elektrokrampftherapie und ihr Apparat, 1938–1950.

Ciclo organizado por Enric Novella (IILP-UV)

DURACIÓN: 88 min