The British Psychological Society’s History of Psychology Centre, in conjunction with UCL’s Centre for the History of the Psychological Disciplines, has organized the BPS History of Psychological Disciplines Seminar Series. On Monday, November 11th University College London professor Sushrut Jadhav (right) will be speaking on “Seminal Matters: Historical Erasures and Category Errors Concerning Semen Regulation.” Full seminar details follow below.
British Psychological Society History of Psychological Disciplines Seminar Series
Sponsored by the British Psychological Society. Open to the public.
Organiser: Professor Sonu Shamdasani (UCL)
Monday 11th November
Seminal Matters: Historical Erasures and Category Errors Concerning Semen Regulation
Dr. Sushrut Jadhav (UCL)
This seminar is in two parts:
The first part will present evidence to argue that the history of semen related disorders, currently classified as an unique and exotic mental condition amongst South Asians, is deeply flawed as it erases a significant body of western literature. As a result, the phenomena of semen loss is classified it as a South Asian Culture Bound Mental Disorder in the International Classification of Diseases (F48.8, ICD-10).
The second part will demonstrate findings from an experiment that reveals how such diagnoses can be equally constructed amongst White Britons in London. The seminar will conclude by 1) arguing these are key concerns glossed over by global mental health models that abstract local explanations of suffering to the level of a psychopathology, and 2) proposing the term ‘cultural iatrogenesis’ as a new category to be included in the classification of mental disorders.
Time: 6pm to 7.30pm
Location: Arts and Humanities Common Room (G24), Foster Court, Malet Place, University College London.