Neurasthenia, the International Classification of Diseases, and Psychiatry in the Socialist World – S. Marks

The Bordeaux-Berlin Working Group on Translating Validity in Psychiatric Research meets again on 23 September 2021, 3-4.30 pm for a research seminar with Dr Sarah Marks who will reconstruct the different meanings and applications of neurasthenia in socialist countries during the Cold War.
Dr Sarah Marks is a distinguished historian of science and medicine and currently director of the Birckbeck Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Mental Health. She works on the transnational history of psychotherapy and in collaboration with Dr Dora Vargha and Prof Edna Suarez-Diaz recently received the Wellcome Collaborative Award for a five-year project on ‘Connecting Three Worlds: Socialism, Medicine and Global Health after World War II’. As part of our seminar’s focus on the question of translating psychiatric terms across national research contexts, her talk will address the international and political contexts for the shifting fortunes of neurasthenia as a diagnostic concept.
This seminar will take place in a hybrid format in the MPIWG MAIN Conference Room and online via Zoom. The number of physical attendants for this seminar is limited. External guests must have proof of either vaccination, recovery from Covid or a negative test result to attend in person.
Please email Klara Schwalbe to register for this seminar, specifying if you would like to attend in person or via zoom at


Sep 23 2021


15 h 00 min - 16 h 30 min