Psychiatry as Social Medicine: History of Psychiatry Workshop

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The problem of integrating the social world into the medical body has appeared and reappeared many times in the history of psychiatry. While psychiatry has always been seen as one of the more evidently ‘social’ branches of medicine, this social ground is often seen as a liability to a clinical field seeking to ground itself more firmly in a biological science of mental illnesses and cures. In this workshop we aim to explore the “social” in psychiatry in its many forms – the embeddedness of its knowledge in social practices, its organization of social spaces, and its normative function in society regarding crucial social distinctions, such as deviant and usual, or pathological and normal.

November 21, 2019, 5pm – Film Screening & Panel
Mountcastle Auditorium, Preclinical Teaching Building, East Baltimore Campus
Film Screening of Crownsville Hospital: From Lunacy to Legacy
Panel featuring R. Todd Stevens, director of the film

November 22, 2019, 1pm – Workshop
West Reading Room, Welch Library Building, East Baltimore Campus
Featured speakers listed on the poster below; program can be found here.

Events sponsored by the Center for Medical Humanities & Social Medicine, the Norwegian Research Council, and the University of Oslo Institute of Health & Society