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. In 2016, I co-authored a book and two papers focused on the concept of normality between psychology and medicine.

My research at the IHPST 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.

I am an Assistant Editor of H-Madness.

In my free time, I like playing Delta Blues (in Open G), Boxing (Welter), Running (10K), and watching very long Movies (like There Will be Blood).

Follow on Strava for some Trail Running between Canada and Italy!

filippomaria.sposini@mail.utoronto.ca