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The lectures are hybrid as you can watch online, in person or on replay at a later date. Sign up to watch through the links below.

Dementia: A Cultural History

6pm, Thurs 11 May 2023

Gresham College, Barnard’s Inn Hall / Online/ Watch Later

Part of:

Dementia is often designated the “plague” of the twenty-first century. What does a cultural history of dementia reveal about commonly circulating ideas relating to the brain, personhood, embodiment, and normal/abnormal? What difference do “labels” make – “melancholy”, “lunacy”, “dotage”, and “senility”, for example?

The lecture uses the historical development of the science of geriatrics to reflect on the experience of ageing and claims about the modern self.

These are part of this series: A Cultural History of Disease (Medical History)

Professor Joanna Bourke

Acclaimed cultural historian Professor Joanna Bourke will be exploring six physical maladies that have afflicted people throughout the world: tuberculosis, polio, breast cancer, AIDS, sickle cell disease, and dementia.

Read more about Gresham College’s free public lectures since 1597 here.

Professor Joanna Bourke is a Fellow of the British Academy and the prizewinning author of 14 books. Read more about her here. 

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