Janos Kun

PhD Candidate, Department of French, GSAS

Synopsis of Research in Shanghai (Nov 2 - Dec 10):

Kun’s dissertation project focuses on the birth of French psychiatry, at the end of the 18th century. It undertakes the analysis of the philosophical background of early mental health expertise, namely the works of the Idologues (e.g. Cabanis) and the physician philosophers (e.g. La Mettrie, Pinel). The project is interdisciplinary: it follows the effects of the evolution of psychiatric thought in medicine, law and literature, from the era of the French Revolution to the July Monarchy (1830). Kun’s project is based on theoretical works, but his findings are adduced by archival documents found in the National Archives of France. Although Kun’s project is not connected to the NYU Shanghai site, he would use this opportunity to work on his dissertation and write in a new, inspiring environment.

Last Name
PhD Candidate, Department of French, GSAS
Fellows Type
GRI Fellowship
GRI Fellows semester
Fall 2018