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Dr. Dimitrije Pivnicki Award in Neuro and Psychiatric History

Dr. Dimitrije Pivnicki (photo courtesy of Dr. Beverlea Tallant)The Dimitrije Pivnicki Award in Neuro and Psychiatric History is offered by the Osler Library and the Montreal Neurological Institute and Library to support research in the fields of neuro-history and the history of psychiatry. The award was established in 2012 by the family and friends of Dr. Pivnicki (1918-2007), who practiced and taught psychiatry at the Allan Memorial Institute of McGill University from 1956 to 1996. With degrees in law and medicine, he had a wide and eclectic interest in classic and modern languages and literature, and a keen appreciation of the history of neuropsychiatry, an area of scholarship that will be advanced by this award.

The award supports a student or scholar wishing to carry out research utilizing the rich archival and monographic holdings at McGill University, such as the Penfield Archive in the Osler Library, and other resources available at the Osler Library, the Montreal Neurological Institute and the McGill University Archives. The Osler Library’s collections are listed in the McGill Library Catalogue and the Osler Library Archives Collection website.

The award is open to students at McGill University as well as external students and researchers. This award compliments the Mary Louise Nickerson Award in Neuro History.

Terms: The value varies depending on the project, to a maximum of approximately $4,000. The recipient is required to carry out research in Montreal during the 2017-18 fiscal year (May 2017-February 2018). The award may be renewable.

Requirements: We invite applications from a variety of individuals, including graduate students, scholars and professionals. Recipients are requested to submit a report of their work suitable for publication in the Osler Library Newsletter and may be requested to give a brief presentation at the University.

How to Apply: Applicants should download and fill in the application form. Applicants must also submit a CV and a detailed project proposal, and arrange for two letters of recommendation, as described in the application. Electronic submissions are preferred. Please send all documentation attached to an email to osler [dot] library [at] mcgill [dot] ca. Files should have the name of the applicant, Pivnicki, and the year (e.g. Smith_Pivnicki_2016_application). 

Applicants working in the field of neuro history can submit one application for both the Pivnicki Award and the Nickerson Fellowship.

Deadline: December 31, 2016

For More Information: please contact Christopher Lyons, Osler Librarian, Osler Library of the History of Medicine, McGill University, osler [dot] library [at] mcgill [dot] ca or 514-398-4475, ext. 09873

 

Previous winners

2016

  • Jason Rovito is a PhD candidate in Communication & Culture at York and Ryerson Universities. His project, The Neuro-Sociological Imagination in Nineteenth Century Montreal, aims to investigate the discursive fact that the sociological dimension that once provided an ecological context for nineteenth century neurological discourse has all but disappeared.
  • Shana Cooperstein is a PhD candidate in Art History at McGill University. Her project, Reading between the Lines: Post-Academic Drawing Pedagogy in Nineteenth-Century France, explores how the belief that habit generated skills necessary for artistic practice and industrial design became deeply ingrained in widespread discussions about the nature and goals of art education, and will be used as part of her doctoral research.

2015

  • Shana Cooperstein is a PhD candidate in Art History at McGill University. Her project, Reading between the Lines: Post-Academic Drawing Pedagogy in Nineteenth-Century France, explores how the belief that habit generated skills necessary for artistic practice and industrial design became deeply ingrained in widespread discussions about the nature and goals of art education, and will be used as part of her doctoral research.

  • Dr. Boleslav Lichterman is a Professor of Medical History, Russian History and Cultural Studies at IM Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University. His project, Management of Head Injuries during World War I, aims to provide an overview of logistics and different strategies of management of head injuries during WWI and its impact on the development of neurosurgery as a separate specialty. His research will be used as preparation for an eventual paper.

2014

  • Dr. Craig Stephenson holds a doctorate degree in the field of Psychoanalytic Studies from the University of Essex. His project, The Mimetic Space, will present an analogical argument positioning a cultural history of the concept of “mimesis” beside the very recent proliferation of research around the identification of “mirror neurons.” A four-part lecture series based on this research is scheduled to be presented at the International School for Analytical Psychology, Switzerland in October 2015 and will be published as a book in 2016.

  • Dr. Emmanuel Delille is an Associate Researcher at the Institute for the History of Medicine in Berlin. His project, Henri Ellenberger (1905-1993) and the History of Transcultural Psychiatry: Toward a Critical Edition of his Works, aims to research and update the synthesis drafted by Ellenberger for the Encyclopédie médico-chirurgicale in 1965-1967. This will provide the necessary documentation to complete a book on transcultural psychiatry.

 

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