Modern stereotypes abound regarding how mental health was perceived during the medieval and early modern period ranging from mental illness being caused by sin to the idea that the attainment of mental wellbeing could only be achieved through the balancing of the bodily humours. But mental health was a more complex and expansive subject of discourse throughout the period that was widely explored in medical treatises, religious tracts and sermons, and prominent in art and literature, which speaks to a more subtle understanding of the human mental state.
This conference aims to look at both the changing and continuing perceptions of mental health throughout the medieval and early modern period.
We welcome papers from the fields of book culture and manuscript studies, history, material culture, medicine, art, and literature, but not limited to, the following broad headings:
Melancholy / Depression
Insanity / Mental disorder
Rapture / Ecstasy
Meditation / Mindfulness / Well-being
Dreams / Visions / Memory
Natural / Kind / Unnatural
Keynote speaker: Professor Yasmin Haskell (The University of Western Australia)
The conference organisers invite proposals for 20-minute papers. Please send a paper title, 250-word abstract, and a short (no more than 100-word) biography to: [email protected] by 31 May 2019.
This year’s PMRG Annual General Meeting will be be held on Monday 18 March 2019. The meeting will begin at 6pm, in Arts Lecture Room 8 (first floor, Arts Building), UWA.The meeting will be followed, at approximately 6:30pm, by the 2019 AGM Lecture by Dr Chris Mallan (UWA): ‘”Go Draw Your Gourds!”: Some Editors and Readers of Cassius Dio in the 15th and 16th Centuries.’
Chris Mallan is a Senior Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Western Australia. Chris’ research focusses on Greek Historiography under the Roman Empire and the reception of this tradition in Byzantium. He is currently working on a Commentary on Books 57 and 58 of Cassius Dio’s Roman History for OUP. Before joining UWA in 2018, Chris held teaching posts at St Benet’s Hall (Oxford) and the Queen’s College (Oxford).
This lecture examines the evidence for the transmission and reception of Cassius Dio’s Roman History in Western Europe during the 15th and 16th centuries. The first part will focus on the editorial history of the Roman History leading up to the publication of the editio princeps in 1548. The second part will examine the marginalia corresponding to excerpts from Dio’s history in Sir Thomas Smith’s copy of Erasmus’ Scriptores Historiae Augustae (Queens’ College Cambridge F.2.15, pp. 131-147).
This is a free event, to which all are welcome. RSVPs are not required.