Demons, Sorrow, Charity

Demons, Sorrow, Charity

Medieval Religious Communities, Lay Brothers and Sisters, & Mental Illness

Presented by Carol Neel, professor and chair of history, Colorado College

6--6:30 p.m. Arrival & Refreshments
6:30-7:30 p.m. Lecture by Prof. Carol Neel
7:30-8 p.m. Q&A

Medieval people had complex and flexible ways of talking about mental illness and other distressing psychic states, as we can see from their manuscripts. I will explore how medieval communities – especially monastic houses – responded to members and friends whose behaviors and social relations were disturbed. This will shed light on historical notions of community but will also challenge our modern ways of thinking about madness and melancholy in mainly medical terms.

Kendra Bruning
Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Hayden Library C55, Tempe campus