Workshop 5, “1968, Anti-psychiatry and Institutional Psychotherapy Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

Workshop 5, “1968, Anti-psychiatry and Institutional Psychotherapy”
Tuesday, June 5th, 2018, 10am-3pm
Room 2.03, Bush House, King’s College London, Strand campus, London WC2B 4BG

Convener Patrick Ffrench, Department of French, KCL (, with guest John Foot, School of Modern Languages, University of Bristol, Tim Snelson and Ray Macauley, School of Art, Media and American Studies, University of East Anglia


As a crisis of the institution, the widespread and cultural upheavals of 1968 and the movements and tendencies which led up to them were focused with particular intensity in the context of psychiatry. This workshop offers the opportunity to explore the contestatory movements in the psychiatric institution which gathered pace in the years leading up to 1968. Despite traversal connections across the different cultural contexts, the anti-psychiatry movement around RD Laing and David Cooper, in the UK, the radical reform of the asylum promoted by Franco Basaglia in Italy, and the practice of institutional psychotherapy pursued in France at the Clinique La Borde with Jean Oury and Félix Guattari propose fundamentally different approches. The workshop will be structured around these three different contexts, while allowing ample scope for comparative discussion of the history and legacy of radical psychiatry in and around 1968.

Suggested Reading

John Foot, The Man Who Closed the Asylums: Franco Basaglia and the Revolution in Mental Health Care (London: Verso, 2015)

John Foot, “Franco Basaglia and the radical psychiatry movement in Italy, 1961–78” in Critical and Radical Social Work, 2:, August 2014, pp. 235-249

Jean-Claude Polack, “Analysis, between Psycho and Schizo” in The Guattari Effect, eds. Eric Alliez and Andrew Goffey (London” Continuum, 2011), pp. 57-67

Anne Querrien, “Maps and Refrains of a Rainbow Panther”, in The Guattari Effect, eds. Eric Alliez and Andrew Goffey (London” Continuum, 2011), pp. 84-98

Online resources:

“Demons of the Mind: ‘Psy’ Sciences and Cinema in the ’Sixties”