Modern French History @IHR: BOOK LAUNCH Institutionalising Gender: Madness, the Family, and Psychiatric Power in Nineteenth-Century France by Jessie Hewitt

Join us Monday 9 May at 5:30-6:30pm (BST) via Zoom to discuss Jessie Hewitt’s first book, Institutionalising Gender: Madness, the Family, and Psychiatric Power in Nineteenth-Century France (Cornell University Press, 2020). Jessie Hewitt (Redlands) will be in discussion with Ruth Harris (University of Oxford) and Hannah Frydman (University of Washington), both of whom have dedicated much of their research to the study of gender and the body in modern French history. The floor will then be opened to the audience for a Q&A. The session will be chaired by Claire Edington (UC San Diego), who herself works on asylums in France‚Äôs colonial empire.

In Institutionalizing Gender, Hewitt analyzes the relationship between class, gender, and psychiatry in France from 1789 to 1900, an era noteworthy for the creation of the psychiatric profession, the development of a national asylum system, and the spread of bourgeois gender values. The book is open access, so you can access the whole book via JSTOR, and in the meantime you can view the author’s short blurb before joining us on Monday evening.

Please REGISTER for the session here – registration is free but necessary to get Zoom codes. See you then!

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