Prof. Emily BAUM of the History Department, University of California, Irvine, was invited by the Department to present a lecture to the Department’s postgraduate students.
This talk addressed the shift from home confinement of the insane to public institutionalization in the early twentieth century. By using police records from the Beijing Municipal Asylum, Prof. BAUM examined how local families took advantage of government social services as a strategic means by which to unburden themselves of the financial and emotional demands of madness. Through this shift, “madness” is imbued with new meanings. The police force, who was responsible for the asylum, regarded “madness” as more banal forms of deviance that might arouse social disability. While the families had begun to invoke the charge of madness not simply for the violent and criminal insane, but also for those who merely disrupted the normal patterns of life.
|Date :||6 October 2017 (Friday)|
|Venue :||Room 304, 3/F, Lee Shau Kee Building, CUHK|
|Topic :||From Florence to the Philippines: Humanist Eloquence and Iberian Global Empire|
|Speaker :||Dr. Stuart M. MCMANUS
The Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge,
University of Chicago
|Enquiry :||3943 8541|
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