The History of Suicide with David Lederer
At the Dissenters Chapel on Saturday 28th October 2017 from 1:00 pm

In the Middle Ages, self-killing became a punishable offense. Decriminalised throughout the continent by the Enlightenment, it remained illegal in England until 1961 and in Ireland until 1993.  Periodicals like the Illustrated Police News catered to macabre Victorian prurience, offering up scandalously titillating images of the gritty urban environs of Dickensian London. And yet, in other places, at other times or under peculiar circumstances, self-sacrifice is revered as martyrdom.  Euthanasia today confronts us with compelling questions about the quality and meaning of life. 

So what is suicide, really? David Lederer’s talk will offer clues into ancient, modern and global sensitivities toward voluntary self-destruction across the planet.

Tickets £12 including a Hendrick's gin cocktail. Please click here to buy.

Dr. David Lederer is Senior Lecturer at the National University of Ireland Maynooth, where he teaches early modern European history. Germany is his geographic speciality and his interests include the histories of psychiatry, suicide and Catholic priests who had sex during the Counter-Reformation. Dr Lederer has authored over 30 articles and his monograph, Madness, Religion and the State in Early Modern Europe (Cambridge, 2006) received the Gerald Strauss prize for best book on Reformation history.




The Dissenters' Chapel, Kensal Green Cemetery, London. Ticket includes tour of the catacombs.