Demons, Sorrow, Charity

Medieval Religious Communities, Lay Brothers and Sisters, & Mental Illness

Presented by Carol Neel
Professor and Chair of History, Colorado College

Thursday, December 1, 2016 | 6:00-8:00pm
Hayden Library C55 | ASU Tempe Campus
Free and open to the public ~ Refreshments will be served

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6:00-6:30pm Arrival & Refreshments
6:30-7:30pm Lecture by Prof. Carol Neel
7:30-8:00pm Q&A

Medieval people had complex and flexible ways of talking about mental illness and other distressing psychic states, as we can see from their manuscripts. I will explore how medieval communities – especially monastic houses – responded to members and friends whose behaviors and social relations were disturbed. This will shed light on historical notions of community but will also challenge our modern ways of thinking about madness and melancholy in mainly medical terms.

Carol Neel Carol Neel teaches the European Middle Ages at Colorado College. She also offers courses in ancient Roman civilization, the history of family life, historiography and theory of history, and history of the book. Prof. Neel’s published historical criticism, editions, and translations include five books and numerous articles. Her central scholarly interest is in the spirituality of religious orders of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, especially the Premonstratensians. Among her recent volumes is a translation and commentary on the work of a twelfth-century apocalyptic and ecumenical theologian, Anselm of Havelberg, entitled Anticimenon: On the Unity of the Faith and the Controversies with the Greeks (Collegeville MN, 2010), in which her co-author is CC alumnus Ambrose (Gregory) Criste, O.Praem. Neel serves on the editorial board of Premonstratensian Texts and Studies. Her favorite place to do research is the Hill Monastic Museum and Library in central Minnesota, where she has twice spent sabbatical years as a Resident Scholar at the Collegeville Institute, the ecumenical research center of St. John’s Abbey.