To be published in early 2010 by the journal History of Psychiatry, this special issue seeks to explore the history of evolutionary accounts of mental disorders. For convenience, it will focus on the period 1872 — 1972 marked by the publication of Darwin’s The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals and Tinbergen’s Early Childhood Autism — An Ethological Approach, respectively. Potential topics include, but are not limited to: the correspondence between Darwin and Sir James Crichton-Browne; the phylogenetic speculations of Freud and other psychoanalysts (e.g., Imre Hermann, Sandor Ferenczi and Carl Gustav Jung); John Bowlby’s attachment theory; postwar evolutionary attempts to make sense of the persistence of mental disorders (including the 1964 Nature paper on schizophrenia, written by Julian Huxley, Ernst Mayr, Abraham Hoffer and Humphry Osmond); and Tinbergen’s theories on childhood autism. Contributions on other ‘evolutionary psychiatrists’ — such as Paul Broca, Wilhelm Fliess, Havelock Ellis, Gilbert Hamilton, Harry Harlow and Paul D. Maclean — are also welcome.
Papers should be historical in nature. Scholars are invited to send a 500-word proposal to Pieter R. Adriaens at [email protected] by 1 November 2008. Final contributions should not exceed 7500 words inclusive of notes and references.
The deadline for final submissions is 1 April 2009.