Geo-psychiatry: Media, Milieus, and the Politics of Madness, a lecture by Elena Vogman

Geo-psychiatry: Media, Milieus, and the Politics of Madness, a lecture by Elena Vogman

Geo-psychiatry: Media, Milieus, and the Politics of Madness, a lecture by Elena Vogman

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March 7, 2023, 7pm
172 Classon Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205

Join us at e-flux Screening Room on Tuesday, March 7 at 7pm for “Geo-psychiatry: Media, Milieus, and the Politics of Madness,” a lecture by Elena Vogman.

This lecture explores moving-image archives related to a psychiatric reform and resistance movement which aimed to radically “disalienate” patients by restituting their social, mental, and environmental milieus. “Healing the institution” before any individual cure was the crucial principle of institutional psychotherapy, a practice initiated by François Tosquelles, Georges Daumezon, Gisela Pankow, and Frantz Fanon, and further developed by Félix Guattari, Ginette Michaud, Anne Querrien, Jean Oury, and others. Initiated during the occupation of France in the early 1940s, when over 40.000 patients became victims of the national socialist extermination policy under the Vichy regime (“extermination douce”), this practice of resistance gave rise to a number of anti-colonial, desegregationist, queer/feminist, environmental, and anti-racist movements. 

Developed in the frame of institutional psychotherapy, geo-psychiatry proposed an entirely new environmental approach to mental health. Its “migrant work” conceived the hospital no longer as an island, but as a social and mental bridge between worlds, as support for the patients to re-establish their connections. Media, such as film, photography, printing, and cartography, served to collectively re-invent and re-imagine the geography of the present: to produce environments, institutions, and milieus that would facilitate psychological therapy and healing. Drawing on newly discovered archives, the talk explores the fundamental role of art and media, which contributed to the emergence of psychiatric milieus. It also discusses the productive repercussions of these media-milieu practices in critical humanities discourses. 

“Geo-psychiatry: Media, Milieus and the Politics of Madness” is part of the ongoing lecture series Film Beyond Film: Art and the Moving Image at e-flux Screening Room by researchers whose work has formed the discourse at the intersection of modern/contemporary art and cinema, and that focus on the histories of artists’ films, situating them within broader aesthetic, political, and economic contexts.

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Film, Psychology & Psychoanalysis
Mental Health, Environment, Europe

Elena Vogman is a scholar of comparative literature and media. A Principal Investigator of the research project “Madness, Media, Milieus: Reconfiguring the Humanities in Postwar Europe” at Bauhaus University Weimar and Visiting Fellow at ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry, she is the author of Sinnliches Denken: Eisensteins exzentrische Methode (Sensuous thinking: Eisenstein’s eccentric Method, 2018) and Dance of Values: Sergei Eisenstein’s Capital Project (2019).

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