Video Therapy: Self-Confrontation and the Development of a Psychiatric Technology

Friday, Dec 11, 2015 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Peter Sachs Collopy, Ph.D. (2015-2017 Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities, University of Southern California)

Video Therapy: Self-Confrontation and the Development of a Psychiatric Technology

Description of research:  My research brings together the histories of science, technology, media, and the social movements that have made use of them. My current project concerns how artists, scientists, and political activists used the new technology of videotape in the 1960s and 1970s, interpreting it as both a political weapon and a medium of collective human consciousness. It places this countercultural effervescence in a transnational history in which American occupations at the end of World War II facilitated the transfer of magnetic tape recording first from Germany to California and then to Japan.

Location: History and Special Collections for the Sciences, located on the 4th floor of the UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library, 12-077 Center for Health Sciences

Coffee and light refreshments will be available for attendees who confirm before 12:00 noon on Monday, December 7th, when we place the catering order. (Please be advised that we require reservations because of university policy; we must submit a list of confirmed attendees when placing our catering order.)

Seating is limited; reservations are REQUIRED. Please RSVP to reserve if you plan on attending. There may not be seating available for drop-ins on the day of the forum.

Reservations may be made by contacting History & Special Collections for the Sciences (voice: 310.825.6940; email: speccoll-medsci@library.ucla.edu).

This UCLA History of Medicine and Medical Humanities Research Forum (this is the 32nd meeting of the series) is made possible by the History & Social Studies of Medicine Program, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; and by History & Special Collections for the Sciences, UCLA Library Special Collections.