UCL Centre for the History of Psychological Disciplines


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 21th July

Professor Vincent Barras (University of Lausanne)

Plays between Reason, Language and Gods: The Case of Glossolalia 19-20th Centuries

Glossolalia, or speaking in tongues, plays a surprisingly important role in discussions between theologians, psychologists, and psychiatrists at the turn of the 20th century on the relationships between religious psychology, mental automatisms, subliminal processes and inner language and in the formation of modern psychology itself. Its role in the formation of modern psychology will be reconstructed, with particular emphasis on the debates around the Swiss theologian Emile Lombard’s masterpiece of 1910, “Concerning glossolalia in the early Christians and similar phenomena.”

Time: 6pm to 7.30 pm.

Location:  Arts and Humanities Common Room (G24), Foster Court, Malet Place, University College London.

From the Torrington Place entrance to UCL, enter the campus on Malet Place. After fifty metres, you will find Foser court on the right hand side. Turn right under the underpass, and enter via the second door on the right. The common room is straight ahead.


For details and abstracts of previous talks since 2007, click here

Damaging the Body Seminar series

Organiser: Sarah Chaney

For details, see www.damagingthebody.org

Post-graduate Reseach Seminars

Comprising work-in-progress presentations and discussions of key secondary and historical texts. Post-graduate students interested in attending should contact Professor Shamdasani (s.shamdasani@ucl.ac.uk).

Post-gradute Reading Group

Organised by the post-graduate students. Those interested in attending should contact Sarah Chaney (s.chaney@ucl.ac.uk).

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