Lecture, Central London, Thursday, 11 May 2023 - 18:00

Dementia: A Cultural History

black and white photograph of a model of a head with the brain exposed

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.

Joanna Bourke

Professor Joanna Bourke

Professor of Rhetoric

Professor Bourke is Professor of Rhetoric at Gresham College.

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