Visual arts

Date: Thu 19 June

Time: 19:00

Venue: Anatomy Museum & Theatre, King's College London

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As part of acting out: the institution denied, Professor John Foot will present his research on radical psychiatrist Franco Basaglia, alongside footage of Basaglia’s experiments in Trieste, Italy.

Franco Basaglia (1924 – 1980) was an Italian psychiatrist and neurologist who during the 1960s and 70s led efforts to reform standards of psychiatric practice in Gorizia and Trieste mental hospitals. He worked towards their deinstitutionalisation by challenging the physical and psychological barriers that confined the patients, from the solid walls of the old buildings to the hierarchical relationships between clinicians and those in their care.


John Foot is Professor of Modern Italian History in the Department of Italian, University of Bristol. His recent publications include Modern Italy (2nd edition, 2014) and Pedalare. Pedalare. A History of Italian Cycling (2011). His book on Franco Basaglia and radical psychiatry in Italy will be published in Italian by Feltrinelli in 2014 and in the UK by Verso in 2015.

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