Other Psychotherapies Schedule

‘Other Psychotherapies – across time, space, and cultures’ brings contemporary Western expertise into dialogue with psychotherapeutic approaches from ‘other’ spatially, historically or otherwise ‘distant’ cultures.

If you have any queries, please email the conference organisers at arts-otherpsychs@glasgow.ac.uk.


We’re delighted to announce that recordings of two of our keynote papers are now available:

Therapy of the word in ancient Greek medicine

Dr Chiara Thumiger, Wellcome Trust Research Fellow at the University of Warwick, gives a keynote paper on the therapy of the word in Greek medicine at the interdisciplinary, Wellcome-Funded conference ‘Other Psychotherapies – across time, space, and cultures’, University of Glasgow, 3-4 April 2017.


Theory and practice in Ayurvedic psychotherapy

Dr Claudia Lang, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, gives a keynote paper at the interdisciplinary, Wellcome-Funded conference ‘Other Psychotherapies – across time, space, and cultures’, University of Glasgow, 3-4 April 2017.


Conference Schedule

Monday 3rd April 2017

10.00 – 11.00: Registration with refreshments in Atrium

11.00 – 12.20: Keynote Paper 1, Yudowitz Lecture Theatre

Dr Claudia Lang, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich: ‘Theory and practice in Ayurvedic psychotherapy’

12.20 – 13.10: Lunch (with poster presentations), Atrium

13.10 – 14.40: Panels 1 and 2

Panel 1: Environment and psychotherapy, Yudowitz LT

  • Louise Boyle, ‘“I’ve just got to keep myself together …”: The psycho-social geographies of living and coping with Social Anxiety Disorder’
  • Candela Sanchez-Rodilla Espeso, ‘Other psychotherapies: Therapeutic relationships to landscapes for panic disorder sufferers’
  • Jonathan Coope, ‘Exploring nature-connectedness as a “frame” for our dialogues between Western expertise and traditions from other spatially or historically distant cultures’

Panel 2: Cultures of psychotherapy: indigenous, sub-, and popular, Hugh Fraser LT

  • Laurence J. Kirmayer, ‘Culture as Healing in Indigenous Mental Health’
  • Robert Young, ‘Is subcultural psychiatry a useful concept and can subcultural identity be useful in reducing harm?’
  • Sue Smith, ‘Rehabilitating the Mind: Avatar (2009) and Inception (2010) and the science fiction imagining of lucid dreaming in the psychotherapeutic treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in the American military’

14.40 – 15.00: Break

15.00 – 16.20:  Panels 3 and 4

Panel 3: Local Adaptations 1, Yudowitz LT

  • Katerina Liskova, ‘Sex at a different time and place. Sexual therapies in 1970s Czechoslovakia’
  • Sarah Phelan, ‘Deciphering the Dream Books: Avenues to the Psychosocial in 1930s Glasgow Psychiatry’
  • Hazel Morrison ‘Changing landscape of therapeutic health care, Henderson, dynamic psychiatry, early twentieth century Scotland’

Panel 4: Ancient Psychotherapies 1, Hugh Fraser LT

  • Bernhard Kaiser, ‘Handling negative emotions – the role of Socrates in Plato’s Gorgias
  • Anastasia-Stavroula Valtadorou, ‘Platonic Philosophy as a Form of Psychotherapy: The Case of Plato’s Symposium
  • Georgia Mouroutsou, ‘Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations: The Transformation of the Present Moment in Moral Progress’

16.20 – 16.40:  Break

16.40 – 18.00: Keynote Paper 2, Yudowitz Lecture Theatre

Dr Chiara Thumiger, Classics and Ancient History, University of Warwick: ‘Therapies of the word in ancient medicine’

18.00 – 20.00: Buffet Dinner in Atrium


Tuesday 4th April 2017

09.30 – 10.00: Registration with refreshments in Atrium

10.00 – 11.20:  Keynote Paper 3, Yudowitz Lecture Theatre

Dr Elizabeth Roxburgh, Psychology, University of Northampton: ‘Anomalous experiences and mental health’

11.20 – 11.40: Break

11.40 – 13.00: Panels 5 and 6

Panel 5:  Local Adaptations 2 – Psychotherapies in Chinese Culture, Yudowitz LT

  • Hsuan-Ying Huang, ‘Setting Psychotherapy Fees amid China’s Psycho-Boom: A Case of Unintended Localization’
  • Boon-Ooi Lee and Laurence J. Kirmayer, ‘Dang-Ki Healing: An Embodied Relational Healing’
  • Xiaojiao Wu, ‘A study of the interaction between Western psychotherapy and psychotherapy of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China’

Panel 6: Spirits and Ancestors, Hugh Fraser LT

  • Lila Lieberman, ‘The Alchemy of Ceremony: Initiation as the gatekeeper of perception’
  • Michel Syrett, ‘Other Psychotherapies: A Service-User’s Experience’

13.00 – 14.00: Lunch in Atrium

14.00 – 15.30:  Panels 7 and 8

Panel 7: Local Adaptations 3, Yudowitz LT

  • Vasia Lekka, ‘The first steps of Psychoanalysis in the Greek society: the first Psychoanalytic Group (1946-1951)’
  • David Freis, ‘Journey to the Centre of the Soul: Fischl Schneersohn’s Psycho-Expeditions between Modern Psychology and Jewish Mysticism’
  • Irene Delodovici, ‘Body, gaze, alienation. Franco Basaglia’s phenomenological psychiatry’

Panel 8: Ancient Psychotherapies 2, Hugh Fraser LT

  • Peter Singer, ‘Ancient psychotherapies: Galen on physical disease and philosophical intervention’
  • Sophie Mills, ‘“Look upon it closely and learn more clearly”: Tragedy and the “Talking Cure”’
  • Jamie McKinstry, ‘Medieval Heaviness/Modern Depression: Continuities of Interpretation and Expression’

15.30-15.50: Break

15.50-18.00: Keynote Paper 4 (followed by closing remarks), Yudowitz Lecture Theatre

Dr Jennifer Lea, Geography, University of Exeter: ‘Building “A Mindful Nation”? The use of mindfulness meditation in educational, health and criminal justice settings’


Conference Organizing Committee:

  • Dr Gavin Miller (Chair), Medical Humanities Research Centre/English Literature, University of Glasgow
  • Dr Sofia Xenofontos, Classics, University of Glasgow
  • Dr Cheryl McGeachan, Geographical and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow
  • Dr Ross White, Psychological Sciences, University of Liverpool

Conference Assistant:

  • Dr Hannah Tweed, Medical Humanities Research Centre/English Literature, University of Glasgow