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Chinese Visual Festival 2019

The unmissable Chinese Visual Festival is coming to KCL and BFI Southbank from Thursday 2nd to Thursday 9th May 2019. More...

Faces of Hong Kong: New Short Documentary Films

Curated by Tammy Cheung (張虹). Presented by Prof. Chris Berry (KCL Film Studies) in association with Visible Record (Hong Kong)
Time: 6.30 pm, Wednesday 20 March
Place: Nash Lecture Theatre (K2.31), King’s College London, Strand, WC2R 2LS
The event is free and open to all, but registration via eventbrite is essential. More...

Call for papers: Healthcare in China, a medical-humanities perspective

Interdisciplinary workshop jointly convened by Oxford Brookes University and Peking University HSBC Business School UK Campus, Friday 14th June 2019. https://www.brookes.ac.uk/hss/events/healthcare-in-china---a-medical-humanities-perspective/ More...

Body Mirrors: transcultural reflections on an Edo medical puppet

An international, interdisciplinary workshop led by Shan JIANG 姜姗 (Peking University; UCL IAS), in conversation with Vivienne Lo (UCL History), Man GU 顾漫 (China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences; NRI), Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim (Goldsmiths) and Isabelle Lawrence (Science Museum).
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Acu-Moxa and Qi 氣: a UCL IAS Talking Points seminar

with IAS visiting research fellow Dr Shan Jiang 姜姗, and respondents Dr Vivienne Lo and Dr Nancy Holroyde-Downing.
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Chinese New Year Festivities

Celebrate the New Year of the Pig with CCHH in the Refectory (UCL Wilkins Building, Lower Ground) on Monday 4 February 2019, from 6pm onwards. More...

Chinese Food Philosophy: A Recipe for Life

Vivienne Lo (UCL CCHH), Bee Wilson and Ching-He Huang in conversation with Donald Sloan.
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Madness in Paris, Paris in Madness: The City, Emotions and the Insane at the Dawn of Mass Society

A History of Psychological Disciplines Seminar with Professor Jean-Jacques Courtine (University of Auckland, NZ / QMUL.
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Madness in Paris, Paris in Madness: The City, Emotions and the Insane at the Dawn of Mass Society

9 November 2018

A History of Psychological Disciplines Seminar with Professor Jean-Jacques Courtine (University of Auckland, NZ / QMUL.

Time: Mon 19 November 2018, 18:00 – 19:30.
Place: SELCS Common Room, G24 Foster Court, Malet Place.
Registration via Eventbrite:
https://parismadness.eventbrite.co.uk

Paris in the last quarter of the 19th century… With the accelerated urbanisation of the capital city and the massive growth in its population, new anxieties emerge. Alcoholism is rampant, degeneracy lies in wait. “Are there not more madmen today than at any other time?” worries among many others Dr Paul Garnier in his Madness in Paris (1890). He is well-placed to answer his own question: Garnier is Chief Medical Officer of the Special Infirmary at the police headquarters’ holding cells, to which the bad, the mad and the sad scooped up from the pavements of the capital are transported. And the response is in the affirmative: the crowding of the city by dense and floating masses of anonymous individuals has unleashed previously unknown forms of urban madness. The city therefore produces madness, observed, transcribed, identified, and classified by psychiatry. We could stop here, seeing nothing more in it than a classic episode in the long history of the control of the insane. But there is another way of reading this picture of urban misery, whose language is scrupulously documented in the psychiatric reports; that is, from the perspective of a history of emotions “from below”, hearing in it the voices of these lost souls. Then a different city reveals itself. For if cities engender madness, madness produces cities: a coherent image of the capital emerges from these delusions. It possesses its own geography, its own monumentality, its own landmarks; but also its own itineraries, its own lines of flight, its own meanderings. It will be one of the goals of this presentation to reconstruct madscapes, the mapping of the Paris of the mad. And to wonder: all things considered, is this Paris of the deluded really any stranger than the delusional Paris invented by mass urban society?

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