To Be, or Not to Be - The History of Suicide with David Lederer @ Dissenters' Chapel, Kensal Green, London [28 October]

To Be, or Not to Be - The History of Suicide with David Lederer

13:00 - 14:30

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Dissenters' Chapel, Kensal Green
391 Ladbroke Grove, W10 5AA London, United Kingdom
Though the act of self-killing may be timeless, “suicide” is a thoroughly modern concept that did not exist in any European language prior to the 17th century. The term entered common usage during the Enlightenment, when luminaries first defined it as both a modern pathology and a soluble social ill. “Suicidology,” in turn, was invented in the 19th century, when suicide rates became the leading indicator of moral statistics, employed to judge the general mental and social health of every nation in Europe.

David Lederer’s talk will explore the transnational genesis of suicidology, excavating its emergence as a central feature of intellectual, scientific, and medical debate and national health policy across Europe during the late-18th and 19th centuries.

Tickets £12. Each ticket includes one delightful Hendrick’s Gin cocktail and a 20% donation towards a host of restoration projects at Kensal Green Cemetery.

This salon in the cemetery is part of the London Month of the Dead 2017.

Dr. David Lederer is Senior Lecturer at the National University of Ireland Maynooth, where he teaches early modern European history. Germany is his geographic speciality and his interests include the histories of psychiatry, suicide and Catholic priests who had sex during the Counter-Reformation. Dr Lederer has authored over 30 articles and his monograph, Madness, Religion and the State in Early Modern Europe (Cambridge, 2006) received the Gerald Strauss prize for best book on Reformation history.
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