Spring 2013 Criminology Forum Presents Dr. Greg Eghihian

" Confinement and the Making of a Criminal Prodrome: The Story of Psychopathy in Germany".
When Mar 18, 2013
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where Oswald 406
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Dr. Greg Eghihian will be speaking on Monday, March 18th in Oswald 406 from noon - 1 pm. His talk is titled  " Confinement and the Making of a Criminal Prodrome: The Story of Psychopathy in Germany".

While the term "psychopath" tends to conjure up, for many, lurid images of remorseless serial killers, specialists in clinical, legal, and research settings have found the designation useful as part of standardized risk assessment. But from where does the concept of psychopathy come? This talk examines the history of psychopathy in the country that first coined the term, developed the concept, and debated its treatment: Germany.  The history of psychopathy in Germany reveals how the "confinement repertoire" of a society can shape the perception of public dangers and define new categories of deviants.

Greg Eghigian is Associate Professor of Modern History at Penn State University and specializes in the history of deviance, crime, and madness in the modern western world. He is the author of numerous works, including more recently “Deinstitutionalizing the History of Contemporary Psychiatry" (2011) and From Madness to Mental Health:  Psychiatric Disorder and its Treatment in Western Civilization (Rutgers University Press, 2010).  He is presently finishing a book entitled The Corrigible and the Incorrigible: Science, Medicine, and the Convict in 20th Century Germany .

We hope you can join us.