As 2017 comes to a close, we’ve rounded up some recent releases for your reading pleasure. And if you find yourself in Amsterdam January 9th, 2018 swing by the release of Jaap van Ginneken’s new biography of Kurt Baschwitz. Best wishes for the new year!
Kurt Baschwitz: A Pioneer of Communication Studies and Social Psychology, by Jaap van Ginneken, Amsterdam University Press. Event: January 9, 2018, 17:00-18:30 in Amsterdam. Register here.
It was a century ago, that a young Jewish-German journalist rushed overnight from Hamburg to Rotterdam, to replace a predecessor correspondent who had been arrested and accused of espionage – halfway he First World War. Baschwitz was appalled by the mass propaganda he witnessed, and began to develop a book about ‘mass delusions’ – that became an immediate bestseller upon his return. Thereafter, he became a respected journalist under the Weimar republic, rose to become the editor-in-chief of the influential weekly of newspaper publishers, later published a book about the key role of the mass press in history.
In 1933, he fled to Amsterdam, where Baschwitz was made ‘private lecturer’ at the university, worked for a confidential agency gathering information about the rise of Anti-semitism in Germany: resulting in the ‘Wiener collection’, and the current Holocaust Museum in London. As well as for the newly founded International Institute of Social History, that smuggled the archives of socialist pioneers out. He also published books on mass politics and mass persecutions.
Halfway the war and occupation, Baschwitz was arrested in a raid, sent to the notorious Westerbork transit camp, for deportation to the East and certain death. But his daughter brought him papers that got him out for the time being. He went into hiding, she joined the resistance.
After Liberation, Baschwitz was made professor, and helped found the new faculty for political and social science in Amsterdam. Within it, he built a series of key institutions: a rejuvenated press museum, a national press library and a press studies department, as well as journalist courses.
Isis, December 2017
“Pax Technologica: Computers, International Affairs, and Human Reason in the Cold War,” by Joy Rohde. Abstract: Continue reading Holiday Reading Round Up: Imperfect Children, Sociobiology, Rationality, Communications, & More →
On Thursday October 6th, 2016 the British Psychological Society‘s History of Psychology Centre, in conjunction with the BPS History & Philosophy of Psychology Section, will be holding their sixth annual Stories of Psychology Symposium. The theme of this year’s symposium is “With Childhood in Mind” and registration for the event is required. Full details are provided on the Stories of Psychology Symposium flyer and also follow below.
With Childhood in Mind
A BPS Flagship Event
In conjunction with BPS History & Philosophy of Psychology Section
Thursday 6 October 2016, 10.30am–4.30pm
Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House
University of London
London WC1E 7HU
Professor Matthew Smith (University of Strathclyde)
The Nervous and Allergic Child: Psychosomatic Understanding of Allergy in Mid-Century USA
Professor Mathew Thomson (University of Warwick)
Psychology and the Landscape of the Child in 20th-Century Britain: A Story of Lost Freedom?
Professor Ingrid Lunt (University of Oxford)
The Child’s Place in the World: Evolving Rights and Responsibilities
Professor Vasu Reddy (University of Portsmouth)
The Child as a Psychologist? – Shifting Assumptions and Changing Understandings
Plus a presentation of his PhD research by Andrew Burchell (University of Warwick)
Mental Health in the ‘blackboard jungle’: Psychology and youth violence in post-war Britain
Professor John Stewart (Glasgow Caledonian University)
Professor John Hall (Oxford Brookes University)
Cost: £15: including welcome refreshments and light buffet lunch
Register HERE (registration is essential)
The Max Planck Institute for Human Development’s Centre for the History of Emotions is organizing a three-day conference on Childhood, Youth, and the Emotions in Modern History. The conference will take place from November 29th to December 1st, 2012 in Berlin and will include a keynote address by Peter Stearns (right). The full call for papers follows below:
This three-day international conference will bring together scholars interested in the intersection of childhood, youth, education and the emotions in historical perspectives. Multi-disciplinary perspectives are welcome and encouraged.
The conference will be held from November 29 to December 1, 2012 at the Institute for Human Development, Centre for the History of Emotions, in Berlin and is organized by Stephanie Olsen and Juliane Brauer. Peter N. Stearns, Provost and Professor of History at George Mason University, will give the keynote address.
The emotional upbringing and education of children is a topic of acute historical as well as contemporary concern for policy makers and politicians. The main goal of this conference is to draw together new research in the history of childhood and youth, in the history of education and the important interventions from the emerging discipline of the history of the emotions. The conference seeks to build a comparative history of the education of the emotions through an exploration of formal and informal educational contexts of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Continue reading CFP: Childhood, Youth & the Emotions →