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Welcome to the research portfolio of the ERC StG project MaDAf “A History of Madness in West Africa: Governing Mental Disorder during Décolonisation (1940s-1970s)” (2021-2025).

MaDAf traces the history of madness in West Africa during the period of decolonization and after independence. The project focuses on three main areas related to the history of Africa, decolonization, and the history of madness.  By examining the decolonization and post-independence periods, the project aims first to emphasize the ruptures but also the continuities in the everyday governing of madness. Read more


Upcoming ERC events


2-3 May, Berlin. Conference. Psychanalysis in Translation. A Global Conversation

The advent of psychoanalysis has led to profound transformations in the understanding of subjectivity in the Western world and beyond.

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April 11th, Paris, from 9 am to 6 pm.

Folie et psychiatrie. Pendant et après les guerres de décolonisation (XXe-XXe siècles).

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March 22nd – Camille Evrard

Questioning the trauma. Having brought together historians, political scientists and clinicians working on colonial and post-colonial combat experiences, this meeting continues through a dynamic of collective exchanges which aim to extend reflection. The discussions are in French and English.

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Thursday February 22nd, from 10:30 to 12:30 pm.

We are pleased to invite you to our next zoom meeting. We will have the pleasure to hear Prof. Dr. Mischa Suter (Geneva Graduate Institute)

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January 24 – Raphaël Gallien, Seminar “Mobilité” of CESSMA, “Le délire en son historicité. Ancrages politiques et mobilités psychiques en contexte colonial (Madagascar, années 1920-1930)”.


Past and upcoming events


Latest news from the MaDAf team

[New Publication] “De l’idéal de soi au corps déclassé. Corps et internement psychiatrique (Madagascar, années 1920-1930)”, Monde(s), vol. 24, no. 2, 2023, by Raphaël Gallien

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[New Publication] Routines punitives. Les sanctions du quotidien, XIXe-XXe siècle, ed. Elsa Génard & Mathilde Rossigneux-Méheust, with Paul Marquis.

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[New Publication] Psychanalyse du reste du monde. Géo-histoire d’une subversion, ed. Livio Boni & Sophie Mendelsohn, with Raphaël Gallien.

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Romain Tiquet on French radio about Seydou Keïta. “L’économie selon Seydou Keïta”, Entendez-vous l’éco ?France Culture, May 26, 2023.

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[New Publication] Psychiatrie « importée » et représentations populaires en Afrique de l’Ouest : le cas du service de psychiatrie de Bobo-Dioulasso in the Lasted issue of Sciences Sociales et Santé. By Romain Tiquet and Nodjouté Hien.

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[New Publication] “Je suis las de crever de faim. De l’ambition coloniale à l’effondrement mental. Quand le colon devient fou (Madagascar, 1912-1939)“, in Revue d’Histoire Contemporaine de l’Afrique, by Raphaël Gallien.


Geography of the project

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