Jesper Vaczy Kragh – Associate professor
My work at Medical Museion
Associate professor, MA, PhD. My principal research interests are the history of psychiatry; history of somatic treatments; spiritualism and psychical research; the interwar period in Denmark; and the history of drug addiction. I am currently working on a research project on the history of opiate addiction in Denmark, 1870-1955. The project is funded by The Danish Council for Independent Research, Medical Sciences (FSS) and Humanities (FKK).
After I completed my master thesis on the history of Danish spiritualism and psychical research, I taught humanities at the University of Roskilde. I then enrolled as a PhD student at Medicial Museion, University of Copenhagen in 2002. My PhD thesis dealt with the history of psychosurgery in Denmark. A revised version of the thesis was published by the University Press of Southern Zealand (2010). After finishing my PhD, I have been working on various research projects on the history of psychopharmacology, Danish psychiatry, drug abuse in the nineteenth and early twentieth century, and cultural debates in the 1920s.
- 2000-2002. Part-time lecturer, Basic Studies in the Humanities,University of Roskilde
- 2002-2006. PhD fellow, Medicial Museion,University of Copenhagen
- 2007. Research fellow, Forskerkollegiet,University of Copenhagen
- 2007-2009. Postdoctoral fellow, Medical Museion, University of Copenhagen
- 2009. Lecturer, University of Roskilde
- 2010-11. Associate professor, Medical Museion, University of Copenhagen
- 2 Monographs
- 1 edited collection
- 33 articles and book chapters
- Det hvide snit. Psykiatri og psykokirurgi i Danmark 1922-1983 [The White Incision. Psychosurgery and Psychiatry in Denmark, 1922-1983], Odense: University Press of Southern Zealand, 2010 (476 pages).
- ”Shock Therapy in Danish Psychiatry”, Medical History, 54, 2010: 341-364.
- “Malaria Fever Therapy and General Paralysis of the Insane in Denmark”, History of Psychiatry, 21, 4, 2010: 1-16.
- “Addict Doctors and Drug Addiction Treatment in Denmark, 1870-1955”, Fortid, 7, 2010: 30-36.
- “The Origins of Electroconvulsive Therapy in Denmark”, Journal of ECT, 25, 4, 2009: 270-273.
- ”Danish Psychiatry during the Nazi Occupation”, International Journal of Mental Health, 35, 4, 2006-07: 107-117.
- Kampen om livsanskuelse [The Philosophy of Life Debate], University of Southern Denmark Studies in Scandinavian Languages and Literatures vol. 70, University Press of Southern Zealand 2005 (234 pages). ”Mellem religion og videnskab. Spiritismen i Norden i 1800 og 1900-tallet” [Between science and relgion. Spiritualism in Scandinavia in the nineteenth and twentieth century], Scandia. Tidskrift for historisk forskning, 68, 2002: 53-75.