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

Though the act of self-killing may be timeless, “suicide” is a thoroughly modern concept that did not exist in any European language prior to the 17th century. The term entered common usage during the Enlightenment, when luminaries first defined it as both a modern pathology and a soluble social ill. “Suicidology,” in turn, was invented in the 19th century, when suicide rates became the leading indicator of moral statistics, employed to judge the general mental and social health of every nation in Europe.

David Lederer’s talk will explore the transnational genesis of suicidology, excavating its emergence as a central feature of intellectual, scientific, and medical debate and national health policy across Europe during the late-18th and 19th centuries.

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.