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New release: Localization and Its Discontents. By Katja Guenther

21. December 2015


A Genealogy of Psychoanalysis and the Neuro Disciplines
Chicago: University of Chicago Press 2015

Psychoanalysis and neurological medicine have promoted contrasting and seemingly irreconcilable notions of the modern self. Since Freud, psychoanalysts have relied on the spoken word in a therapeutic practice that has revolutionized our understanding of the mind. Neurologists and neurosurgeons, meanwhile, have used material apparatus—the scalpel, the electrode—to probe the workings of the nervous system, and in so doing have radically reshaped our understanding of the brain. Both operate in vastly different institutional and cultural contexts.

Given these differences, it is remarkable that both fields found resources for their development in the same tradition of late nineteenth-century German medicine: neuropsychiatry. In Localization and Its Discontents, Katja Guenther investigates the significance of this common history, drawing on extensive archival research in seven countries, institutional analysis, and close examination of the practical conditions of scientific and clinical work. Her remarkable accomplishment not only reframes the history of psychoanalysis and the neuro disciplines, but also offers us new ways of thinking about their future. (publisher)

Prof. Dr. Dr. Katja Guenther is an Assistant Professor at Princeton University. Between September 2012 and August 2013, she was a fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study Konstanz where she worked on this book.
The Center of Excellence has funded the publication of this book.

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