Bio

I am a Roy McMurtry Fellow in Legal History and a PhD candidate at the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IHPST) at the University of Toronto. I was trained as a psychologist in Italy and the US. Before moving to Canada, I worked in Health Promotion and Human Resources. I co-authored a book and two papers focused on the concept of normality between psychology and medicine (2016). My research focuses on the emergence of the medical certification of insanity. Taking a transnational approach, I look at the diffusion of the so-called “Imperial system of certification” in various jurisdictions, including England, Ontario, and Tasmania. As a comparative medico-legal history, my research engages with some of the most delicate issues in contemporary mental health, including social stigmatization, psychiatric expertise, and the law-medicine relationship in civil and criminal proceedings.

I am an Assistant Editor of H-Madness.

In my free time, I like playing Delta Blues (in Open G), Boxing (Welter), and watching very long Movies (like There Will be Blood).

filippomaria.sposini@mail.utoronto.ca