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All in your Head:

Reviewing the History of the Mind through Approaches, Classifications and Objects

20th of April 2023

KU Leuven / Online

Banisteriopsis caapi scanned at St. Lawrence University's Microscopy and Imagery Center, from Microcosms: A Homage to Sacred Plants of the Americas (, used with the permission of Jill Pflugheber and Steven F. White, © 2022.

Organiser: Fernando Gonzalez Rodriguez

Co-Organiser: Prof. Kaat Wils 

Event Media Manager: Els Minne

Cultural History since 1750

KU Leuven

This is a reMEDIAL NATURE event, 

a project funded bEuropean Union’s Horizon 2020

research and innovation programme under the

Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 101026198.

Kaat Wils
Fernando Gonzalez
Joris Vandendriessche
Azucena Castro
Brigitte Adriaensen
Franco Cappozzi
Udodiri Okwandu

Arrival/Coffee & Tea (Heymans Lounge)



Prof. Kaat Wils and Fernando Gonzalez (KU Leuven)

Morning Session

Moderator: Prof. Joris Vandendriessche (KU Leuven) 


Azucena Castro (Stockholm University / Stanford University)

Unruly Herbaria: Vegetal Inscriptions and Plant Agency in Latin American Literature and Art


Prof. Brigitte Adriaensen (Radboud University)

Decolonizing Drug Studies: Psychoactive Plants and the Pluriverse


Coffee & Tea (Heymans Lounge)


Franco Capozzi (KU Leuven)

Italian criminal anthropology and the criminal mind


Udodiri R. Okwandu (Harvard University)

Defending Anne Bradley: Race and the Medico-Legal Construction of Maternal Mental Illness

at the Turn of the 20th Century


Prof. Pieter Adriaens (KU Leuven)

Why we shouldn't medicalize homosexuality


Lunch (Heymans Lounge)

Afternoon Session

Moderator: Prof. Kate Kangaslahti (KU Leuven) 


Paula Muhr (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)

Hysterical Attack and the Role of Images in its Re-emergence as a Scientific Object in

Current Neurology


Flora Lysen (Maastricht University)

Brainmedia, 20th century histories of fascination with brain science


Coffee & Tea (Heymans Lounge)


Prof. Maaheen Ahmed (Ghent University)

Children’s Minds in Comics: On Delinquent Styles


Hannah Zeavin (Indiana University)

The Cult and the Occult


General Discussion

Prof. Kaat Wils (KU Leuven) and Prof. Steven White  (St. Lawrence University)

Registration and Media Event Manager: Els Minne (KU Leuven)

Pieter Adriaens

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Kate Kangaslahti
Paua Muhr
Flora Lysen
Maaheen Ahmed
Hannah Zeavin
Steven White
Els Minne

This is a fully hybrid event. Register for online and in-person attendance here 

Georges Lemaître Room and

Heymans Room,

Faculty Club

Groot Begijnhof 14
3000 Leuven, Belgium

Thanks for submitting!


The objective of this one-day seminar is to create an interdisciplinary space for the exchange of ideas about the  mind as a receptacle and catalyser of classificatory practices, approaches and objects commonly silenced, misinterpreted, (mis)framed, misused, misread, or excluded from the dominant global public and scientific discourse, despite their implications at a legal, medical, political, economic and social level, or their presence in popular and visual culture, literature and environmental debates.

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