Emmanuel Delille

Visiting Scholar (Nov 2016-Mar 2017)

PhD, Associated Researcher, Centre d'Archives en Philosophie, Histoire et Édition des Sciences, ENS-Paris (CAPHES) and Centre Marc Bloch (Humboldt Universität, Berlin)

Emmanuel Delille is a historian of science. He is currently an Associate Researcher at the Centre d’Archives en Philosophie, Histoire et Édition des Sciences (CAPHÉS, École Normale Supérieure, Paris) and at Centre Marc Bloch (CMB, Humboldt University, Berlin). He earned a doctorate in History at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS, Paris) in 2008 with a dissertation on the history of the French medical encyclopaedia, the “Encyclopédie Médico-Chirurgicale” (EMC), between 1947 and 1977. One of his major interests is the history of psychiatry: the intellectual networks and comparative history between France, Germany, and North America—particularly Canada. Other research projects after his PhD include the history of the French psychiatric hospital Bonneval (Eure-et-Loir), the history of Canadian and Japanese transcultural psychiatry, and the history of the French scholarly society “L’Évolution Psychiatrique” (created in 1924). A large number of his publications include reflections on the critical use of archival material, especially medical records of hospitals, and journals of patient associations in a psychiatric context. Emmanuel’s interest in intellectual history deals with epistolary material: above all, letters between scientists involved in scholarly networks. Since 2009, he has conducted postdoctoral research in Germany on the history of psychiatry during the Wirtschaftswunder years, using the tools of the French-German histoire croisée to evaluate the reading patterns of how and when German physicians read French publications, and vice versa. Within the field of the history of mental health, Emmanuel is also currently researching the history of epidemiology in Canada and France. In these different comparative perspectives, his main inquiry remains the shaping of the dynamic of the circulation of knowledge. Emmanuel’s current research project at the MPIWG, “Historicizing Global Mental Health,” examines the history of post-war psychiatric epidemiology.


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Historicizing Global Mental Health: Psychiatric Epidemiology as a Case Study of the Circulation of Knowledge post 1945


Selected Publications

Delille, Emmanuel and Ivan Crozier (2018). “Historicizing Transcultural Psychiatry: People, Epistemic Objects, Networks, and Practices.” History of Psychiatry 29 (3): 257–262.

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Delille, Emmanuel (2018). “Eric Wittkower and the Foundation of Montréal’s Transcultural Psychiatry Research Unit After World War II.” History of Psychiatry 29 (3): 282–296.

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Delille, Emmanuel, ed. (2017). Ellenberger, Henri: Ethno-psychiatrie : édition critique. Sociétés, espaces, temps. Lyon: ENS Éditions.

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Delille, Emmanuel (2016). “Reconstituer une sociabilité savante à partir du fonds d’archives du Centre Hospitalier Henri Ey de Bonneval : réseaux et leurres induits par le travail archivistique.” Santé mentale au Québec 41 (2): 133–146.

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