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"Melancholy" at University of Liverpool

Jul 08, 2013

Dr. Frank Grüner and Dr. med. Maike Rotzoll from project MC11.2 "Melancholy" organised a panel at the conference "Melancholy Minds and Painful Bodies: Genealogy, Geography, Pathogeny" held at the University of Liverpool from 9-11 July 2013. They discussed melancholy concepts in Germany and Russia.

The aim of the panel "Gloom on the Move: The Circulation of Medical Knowledge and Melancholy Concepts between Germany and Russia" was to explore knowledge transfers and the circulation of melancholy concepts between Germany and Russia from the 1880s until the early twentieth century. This period in particular is characterised by intensive cross-cultural encounters and processes of exchange in the field of medicine and science between the two nations. The panel studied concrete concepts of melancholy as well as the cultural brokers, itineraries and the institutions or places of knowledge involved in these transnational processes of knowledge transfer and circulation.

To fully comprehend the cultural entanglements and exchange processes in the field of melancholy, the papers focused on two leading figures, the German psychiatrist Emil Kraepelin (1856–1926) and his Russian colleague Sergei Alekseevich Sukhanov (1867–1915), both of whom made significant contributions in the area of systematising and treating emotional disorders and mental illnesses.

The panel was organised by Dr. Frank Grüner and Dr. med. Maike Rotzoll from project MC11.2 together with Dr. Eric Engstroem (Humboldt University Berlin). It took place on July 11 at the University of Liverpool in context of the conference "Melancholy Minds and Painful Bodies: Genealogy, Geography, Pathogeny".

 


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