New Podcasts: Symposium on "Therapy and Empowerment – Coercion and Punishment"

We are pleased to announce the release of the following 14 podcasts recorded during the international research symposium:

"Therapy and Empowerment – Coercion and Punishment:

Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Labour and Occupational Therapy"

26–27 June 2013,  St Anne’s College, Oxford

The event was convened by Prof Waltraud Ernst and funded by the Wellcome Trust



Dr Leonard Smith

Medicine, Ethics, Society and History (MESH), University of Birmingham

 ‘”A powerful agent in their recovery”: Work as treatment in British West Indian Lunatic Asylums, 1860-1900’

Prof Waltraud Ernst

Centre for Health, Medicine and Society, Oxford Brookes University

‘”Useful both to the patients as well as to the State”. Work therapy in British India, c. 1860 – 1940’

Kathryn McKay

(cand. PhD), History, Simon Fraser University, Canada

‘From blasting powder to tomato pickles: Patient labour at the Provincial Mental Hospitals in British Columbia, c. 1885-1920’

Prof Osamu Nakamura

Philosophy, Osaka Prefecture University, Japan

‘Family care of mentally ill patients in Iwakura, Kyoto, Japan’

Prof Akira Hashimoto

History, Aichi Prefectural University, Japan

‘Freedom and control: The changing context of work and activity in mental hospitals in modern Japan’

DrThomas Mueller

History of Medicine, Ravensburg-University of Ulm, Germany

 ‘“Patient work” in rural asylums between therapeutic instrument and exploitation of labour force. The case of German asylums in Wuerttemberg’

• Sonja Hinsch

(cand. PhD), Institute for Economic and Social History, University of Vienna, Austria

‘On “betterment”, imprisonment and support. The aims of placements in forced labour facilities in Austria from 1918 to 1938’

Dr Monika Ankele

History and Ethics of Medicine, University of Hamburg, Germany 

‘The patient’s view on occupational therapy and its practical aspects: The Hamburg-Langenhorn Asylum during the Weimar Period’

• DrJennifer Laws

Centre for Medical Humanities, Durham University

‘Therapeutic mechanisms of the “work cure”: The hollow gardener and other case studies’  

Dr Sarah Chaney

Centre for the History of Psychological Disciplines, University College London

‘Useful members of society or motiveless malingerers? Occupation and self-Injury in late nineteenth-century British asylum psychiatry'

Prof John Hall

Centre for Health, Medicine and Society, Oxford Brookes University

‘From occupation to occupation therapy: Policy, practice and professionalisation in English mental hospitals from 1919 to 1959’

Dr Sally Denshire

School of Community Health, Charles Sturt University, Australia

‘Re-inscribing the white, classed, gendered beginnings of occupational therapy in Australia’

Leisle Ezekiel and Carol Mytton

Sport and Health Sciences, Oxford Brookes University

‘An exploration of changing occupational therapy roles in working with older people over the last 30 years’

•Catherine Lidbetter

Oxford Brookes University Library

‘The Dorset House Archive and the history of the first school of Occupational Therapy in the UK’



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