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Madness: Ideas about Insanity

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Alcuin College, Alcuin East Wing, room AEW/003

University of York

Heslington

YO10 5DD

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Throughout history and across cultures the ‘mad’ have been separated from the ‘normal’, and today there is a huge rise in the diagnosis of mental illness/disorder globally. But, there have been and are many different ideas about madness. To examine the question ‘what is madness?’ ideas from psychiatry and the social sciences will be applied to the autobiographical stories of those considered mad in the past and in the present. These include a 19th century French mass-murderer, and Stephen Fry.

Speaker: Dr Peter Morrall

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Alcuin College, Alcuin East Wing, room AEW/003

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Heslington

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