Podcasts for: "Alcohol, Psychiatry and Society" St Anne’s College, Oxford, 29-30 June 2017

Conference Podcasts

"Alcohol, Psychiatry and Society"

St Anne’s College, Oxford, 29-30 June 2017


Alcohol consumption is currently seen as a major public health hazard across the globe. The medicalisation of alcohol use has become a prominent discourse that guides policy makers and impacts public perceptions of alcohol and drinking. This symposium intends to map the historical and cultural dimensions of these phenomena. Emphasis is on medical attitudes and theories regarding alcohol consumption and the changing role of alcohol in the fields of psychiatry and mental healing. The intention is to explore the shift from the use of alcohol in clinical treatment, as part of dietary regimens, incentive to work and reward for desirable behaviour during earlier periods to the emergence of alcoholism as a disease category that requires medical intervention, is covered by medical insurance and considered as a threat to public health.


The conference is a collaborative initiative and supported by Humanities and Social Sciences at Oxford Brookes University (UK) and the Research Unit for the History of Medicine at the Centre for Psychiatry Südwürttemberg,Ravensburg (FRG).



Professor Waltraud Ernst, Oxford Brookes University,  wernst@brookes.ac.uk

Priv.-Doz. Dr. med. Thomas Müller, The University of Ulm / Centre for Psychiatry Südwürttemberg FRG,  th.mueller@zfp-zentrum.de



David Korostyshevsky, History of Medicine, University of Minnesota, USA

From Aqua Vitae to Poison: The early-modern transformation of alcohol in the Anglo-phone world


Aude Fauvel, History of Psychiatry, Institut universitaire d’histoire de la médecine et de la santé publique, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Alcoholic Beasts: Alienists and the Problem of Animal Drunkenness in Nineteenth-century France


James E. Moran, History, University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, Canada

Alcohol and Alienation in New Jersey, c. 1810 to 1890


Jasmin Brötz, History, University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany

Healing the Nation’s Mind. The fight against alcoholism in the public discourse on rationalisation in late nineteenth and early twentieth- century Germany


Simon Heap, History, Oxford Brookes University, UK

‘In the Hot and Trying Climate of Nigeria the European has a Much Stronger Temptation to Indulge in Alcohol than the Native’: Alcoholism in Nigeria, c. 1880 to 1940


Iain D. Smith, Consultant Addiction Psychiatrist, NHS GGC and Researcher, Centre for History of Medicine, University of Glasgow, UK

‘Finish’ Drinking and ‘Secret Cures’: A Snapshot of Alcohol, Psychiatry and Society in Scotland in 1895


Konstantinos Gkotsinas, History, University of Crete, Rethymnon, Greece

‘Disciples of Asclepius ‘or ‘Advocates of Hermes’? Greek psychiatrists and alcohol at the turn of the twentieth century


Adéla Gjuričová, History, Institute of Contemporary History, Czech Academy of Science, Prague, Czech Republic

A Cradle of Psychotherapy: Alcohol addiction treatment in Socialist Czechoslovakia, 1948-1989


Christian Werkmeister, History, Martin Luther University, Halle Wittenberg, Germany

‘Doctor, now from face to face, answer quick: Will there be a diagnosis, or rather a verdict?’ Medical, moral, and political treatment of alcoholics in late Soviet psychiatry, 1970-1991


Nina Salouâ Studer, History, University of Bern, Switzerland

Assimilation by Alcohol: The role of France’s Mission Civilisatrice in the spread of alcoholism in twentieth-century Algeria


Akira Hashimoto, History of Psychiatry, Aichi Prefectural University, Japan

Medical and Social Approaches to Alcoholism in Post-WWII Japan


Podcasts recorded by:

Jane Freebody (Oxford Brookes University)

Podcasts edited by:

Aisling Shalvey (Oxford Brookes University)



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