Dr. ​Adrian C. Brock

Honorary Research Associate, Department of Psychology, University of Cape Town, South Africa


I wrote a preface to a new Spanish translation of Kurt Danziger's book, Naming the Mind. The Spanish preface is available here and the original English version is available here. The book was launched at the XIX Meeting of History of Psychology, Psychoanalysis and Psychiatry in Córdoba, Argentina on 19 October 2018. The book's translator, Fernando Ferrari conducted a short interview in Spanish with me at the conference by video link. A transcript of the interview is available in Spanish here and an English translation is available here.

Fernando Ferrari has organised a symposium on the book at the annual meeting of the Spanish History of Psychology Society in Madrid from 8 to 10 May 2019. I am one of the speakers in the symposium and the title of my paper is "Porqué todos deberían leer Nombrar la Mente de Kurt Danziger" [Why everyone should read Kurt Danziger's Naming the Mind]. An abstract of the paper is available in Spanish here and in English here.

I am doing collaborative research with my colleague, Johann Louw on a South African psychologist called, Rae Sherwood. I have already interviewed her former research assistant, Sylvia Hutchinson and her son, Nick Sherwood. The latter has lent me some unpublished documents that will be useful in the research. I will present a paper on her work with the title, "The Psychodynamics of Race" at the 13th annual Science in Public conference at Manchester Metropolitan University from 10 to 12 July 2019. An abstract of the paper is available here.

I have written an entry on "History of the History of Psychology" for the forthcoming Oxford Encyclopedia of the History of Psychology (edited by Wade Pickren and published by Oxford University Press). The entry is currently being reviewed. I have since been asked to write another entry on "The Indigenous Turn in Psychology". I will make these entries publicly available when I know what the final versions will be.

I recently wrote a review of two history of psychology textbooks, A History of Modern Psychology by Per Saugstad (Cambridge University Press, 2018) and Our Minds, Our Selves by Keith Oatley (Princeton University Press, 2018) for The Psychologist. A pre-print of the review is available here.