Conference Programme, From Moral Treatment to Psychological Therapies: Psychotherapeutics from the York Retreat to the Present Day

A conference bringing together historians, psychotherapists, psychiatrists and anthropologists to discuss the development of psychotherapeutics in their social, intellectual and political contexts from the 18th C to the present day. Enquiries should be directed to

University College London, 11th-13th October 2013

Conference Programme 

Friday 11th October

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10.30 Registration opens, Arts and Humanities Common Room, UCL Foster Court, Malet Place


Welcome address, Sarah Marks (University College London)


18th and 19th Centuries

Edward Brown (Brown University)

François Leuret:  Nineteenth Century Psychotherapist

Sharlene Walbaum (Quinnipiac University, Connecticut)

Moral Therapies Before the York Retreat: Work and Therapeutics in 18th C English and Scottish Asylums’

Andrea Korenjak (Paris-Lodron-University, Salzburg)

Music and “Moral Treatment”: Music as Therapeutic Medium in the 19th Century as Reflected by Present-Day Music Therapy Concepts

Lunch 12.30-14.00


Late 19th Century

Sarah Chaney (University College London)

The Action of the Imagination: Daniel Hack Tuke and Late Victorian Psychotherapeutics

 C. Bartolucci and G.P Lombardo (University of Rome Sapienza)

The renewal in the diagnosis and treatment of the abnormal subjects according to Enrico Morselli (1852-1929)

14.45-15.15 coffee break


Early-Mid 20th Century

Monika Ankele (University Clinic Hamburg-Eppendorf)

Occupational Therapy in Germany during the Weimar Period (1918-1933)

David Freis (European University Institute, Florence)

Subordination, Authority, Psychotherapy: Mental Hygiene and Politics in Interwar Vienna

Simon Taylor (Columbia University New York)

Between Philosophy and Psychotherapeutics: Existential Analysis and the Birth of Anxiety


Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis

Susan Lamb (McGill University)

Importing, Appropriating, and Condemning Psychoanalysis: Adolf Meyer’s Use of Psychotherapy and Psychoanalytic Technique at Johns Hopkins, 1913-1917

Felicity Callard (University of Durham)

The Consulting Room: Towards a Historical Geography of the Psychoanalytic Setting

Dee McQuillan (University College London)

James Strachey and the Usefulness of Psychoanalytic Technique

17.30 Conference Reception

Saturday 12th October


Therapeutics in the ‘60s and ‘70s

Peter Agulnik, Craig Fees, David Kennard, David Millard, & John Hall 

Harnessing personal experience in understanding the development of therapeutic communities and environments: an Oxford case history

Kateřina Lišková (Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic)

Everything for the Couple: Sex Therapy in Czechoslovakia during Normalization

Matei Iagher (University College London)

Ronald Sandison and the Use of LSD in Psychotherapy

Jelena Martinovic (University of Lausanne)

Bootstrappers Seeking to Understand Creativity: Experimental Science, Psychiatry and Cybernetics (1960-1970)

12.30-14.00 lunch


Keynote Lecture: Susan Hogan (University of Derby)

The History of Art Therapy in Britain


Art Therapies

Imogen Wiltshire (University of Birmingham)

On the Historical Origins of British Art Therapy: Arthur Segal, Painting and German Modernism

Cristina Hanganu-Bresch (University of the Sciences, Philadelphia)

The Proof is in the Brush-Stroke: Diagnosing and Treating Psychiatric Patients through Art

15.15-15.45 coffee break


New Paradigms in Modern Psychotherapy

Sonu Shamdasani (University College London)

Notes on Wellbeing in 20th Century Psychotherapy

Sarah Marks (University College London)

Rediscovering Pavlov: The Creation of Behavioural Therapies in Postwar Britain

Rachel Rosner (Independent Scholar)

To Manualize Psychotherapy: Aaron T. Beck and the Creation of the Manualized Treatment Protocol


Sunday 13th October


Transcultural and Extra-European Contexts

Roland Littlewood (University College London)

Anthropological Approaches and Transcultural Psychiatry

Martin Liebscher (University College London)

Analytical Psychology in Tel Aviv in the ’30s: The Controversy between Erich Neumann and Max M. Stern.

Debjani Das (Vidyasagar University, West Bengal)Treatment of ‘Insane’ in the

Asylums of Bengal in the Nineteenth Century: Therapy or Affliction?

Yu-Chuan Wu (Fu-Jen Catholic University, Taiwan)

Psychotherapy at Home: Morita Therapy for Neurotic Disposition in Japan, 1919-1945

12.30-14.00 lunch


Concepts and Debates in Modern Psychotherapy

Stephanie Pache (University of Lausanne)

Feminist Therapy: How Feminism Shapes Psychotherapy

Ulrich Koch (Johns Hopkins University)

Cruel to be kind? The politics of professionalism and the controversies over therapists’ displays of emotions in the consulting room (ca. 1940-1980)

Andreas Sommer (University of Cambridge)

Discarnate Spirits as Pathogens and Cure in Modern Western Psychiatry

Conference end: 15.00