EVENT: The Ian and Mildred Karten Memorial Lecture 2022 "Town Fools, Madmen, and Possessed Women: The Mentally Ill in Jewish Eastern Europe" Professor Natan M. Meir (15 March)

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The Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations (University of Southampton) invites you to register for the annual Ian and Mildred Karten Memorial Lecture, delivered by Professor Natan M. Meir (Portland State University) and titled 'Town Fools, Madmen, and Possessed Women: The Mentally Ill in Jewish Eastern Europe'. The Ian and Mildred Karten Memorial Lecture is part of the Parkes Institute annual lecture series and has been named to honour the generosity and interest shown by Ian and Mildred in the Parkes Institute.

Date: 15 March 2022
Time: 6-7:30PM GMT
Registration Link: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/parkes/news/events/2022/03/the-ian-and-mildred-karten-memorial-lecture-2022.page

Event Details
East European Jewry was no more or less neurodiverse than any other human community. Then why did so many people in the early twentieth century—both Jews and non-Jews—take it for granted that Jews were more prone to madness and neurosis than their neighbors? And what was traditional Jewish society’s understanding of mental illness and cognitive disorders? We will examine a variety of historical sources in an attempt to gain a better understanding of the role of mentally ill people in Jewish society in pre-Holocaust Eastern Europe.

About the Speaker
Professor Natan M. Meir is the Lorry I. Lokey Professor of Judaic Studies in the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies at Portland State University. A scholar of the social, cultural, and religious history of East European Jewry, he is the author of Kiev, Jewish Metropolis: A History, 1859-1914 (2010) and Stepchildren of the Shtetl: The Destitute, Disabled, and Mad of Jewish Eastern Europe, 1800-1939 (2020). He also serves as a museum consultant and leads study tours of Eastern Europe with Ayelet Tours.

Dr Claire Le Foll is the Director of the Parkes Institute and Associate Professor of East European Jewish History and Culture at the University of Southampton and will chair this event.

Registration is free and all are welcome. This is an online event that will take place on Zoom. Please click here to register.