Monday 6 February 2017. Psychological Practices in ‘House of Juveniles of Santiago’, Chile 1929-1942.

UCL Health Humanities Centre/Institute of Advanced Studies

Monday 6February 2017

Psychological Practices in ‘House of Juveniles of Santiago’, Chile 1929-1942

Dr. Silvana Vetö, (Universidad Andrés Bello, Santiago, Chile).

This talk studies the history of childhood in Chile, and the manner in which the notion of modern childhood was built in the judicial landscape and through specific and novel judicial practices. It explores the history of some specific disciplines in Chile, such as psychology, medicine and social work, and how these disciplines, in their interactions, disputes, and negotiations, contributed to the construction of the representation of the ‘abnormal’, ‘deviant’ and ‘dangerous’ children. I introduce the Chilean social, cultural and legal context of the period, focussing on psychology as it was practiced in the House of Juveniles of Santiago. The House of Juveniles was one of the most important institutions created by Child Protection Law of 1928, along with the creation of the First Juvenile Court. I explore on a group of records that contain psychological reports, describing psychological practices as they appear in those reports, and unveil the notions, concepts and theories that sustained these practices, and show how these practices contributed to building up the category of ‘abnormal’ or ‘deviant’ children in Chile.

Organiser: Professor Sonu Shamdasani (UCL)

All welcome, Free.


Time: 6pm to 7.30 pm.

Location: SELCS Common Room (G24), Foster Court, Malet Place, University College London.

From the Torrington Place entrance to UCL, enter the campus on Malet Place. After fifty metres, you will find Foser court on the right hand side. Turn right under the underpass, and enter via the second door on the right. The common room is straight ahead.

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