Elena Vogman is a scholar of comparative literature and media. Since 2021 she is Principal Investigator of the research project »Madness, Media, Milieus. Reconfiguring the Humanities in Postwar Europe« sponsored by the Freigeist Fellowship of the VolkswagenStiftung at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. She studied in Berlin and Paris and holds a PhD from Freie Universität Berlin with a graduate emphasis on Film Theory and Media. She has published two books: Sinnliches Denken. Eisensteins exzentrische Methode (2018) and Dance of Values. Sergei Eisenstein’s Capital Project (2019). 

She was Visiting Professor at École normale supérieure, Paris and New York University Shanghai, and has held postdoctoral research positions at the International Research Institute for Cultural Technology and Media Philosophy (IKKM), Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, and in the DFG project ‘Rhythm and Projection’ at Peter Szondi Institute of Comparative Literature at Freie Universität Berlin.

Geopsychiatry: Milieus, Media and the Politics of Madness
Visiting Project 2022-25
The project develops a theory of geopsychiatry through exploring the history and practice of Institutional Psychotherapy, a psychiatric reform and resistance movement initiated in France around 1940. It operated through group therapies and a radical restructuring of psychiatric institutions, in which patients were actively involved. Developed in the frame of Institutional Psychotherapy, geopsychiatry proposed a radically new environmental approach to mental health. The hospital was no longer conceived as an island, but as a social and mental bridge between worlds, as a support for the patient to re-establish their connections. 

The project examines efforts to produce environments, institutions, and milieus that would facilitate processes of psychological therapy and healing, in particular by psychiatrists and activists such as François Tosquelles, Gisela Pankow, Jean Oury, Anne Querrien, Ginette Michaud, Fernand Deligny, Frantz Fanon and Félix Guattari. Drawing on newly discovered archives, the project explores the fundamental role of art and media, which contributed to the emergence of psychiatric milieus. At the same time, it investigates the productive repercussions of these media-milieu practices in critical humanities discourses.