Seminar

Insanity

Seminar
Insanity

Psychology and Art Conversations

"Insanity"

Moderators: Alper Hasanoğlu, Cengiz Arca

Historically, the term "insanity" has been used to describe a wide range of mental disorders. From ancient times to the Middle Ages and into modern times, the concept of madness has been used as a general expression for mental illness or mental disorders. Psychiatry is a relatively new discipline, constructed under medical auspices in the early 19th century. Before that, the practice of dealing with madness or mental alienation, referred to as "alienism" in the past, was influenced by various social factors. Therefore, the concept of insanity was a social construct, and its definition was contingent on the views of what constituted 'normal' behavior within society. In each historical period, such prescriptions were influenced by, among other things, societal trends, religion, political climate, and cultural factors. So, who is considered as insane?

The theme of insanity has become a prominent subject in various art forms. Some of them can be listed as follows:

Cinema: Cinema has been a powerful medium for exploring madness themes and visually portraying mental health issues. Many films delve into characters' psychological states, personality disorders, schizophrenia, depression, or obsessive-compulsive disorder. For example, films like "Psycho" (1960) and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (1975) are examples that focus on madness and mental disorders.

Literature: Literature has been a great source for understanding the complexity of the human mind and emotional states. Many novels, short stories, and poems deeply explore characters' mental health issues and experiences of madness. Works such as Fyodor Dostoyevsky's "Crime and Punishment," Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper," and Sylvia Plath's "The Bell Jar" are skillful examples of handling the theme of madness.

Theater: Theater provides a powerful platform for portraying mental health issues and experiences of madness through live performances on stage. Many plays explore characters' struggles with insanity, their inner worlds, and emotional states. For instance, plays like William Shakespeare's "Hamlet" and Anton Chekhov's "Three Sisters" are well-known works that address the theme of madness.

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8 November 2023 Wednesday 18:30

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