The talk series was initiated by the artist Sidsel Meineche Hansen in connection to her ongoing work on the micro-politics of nervousness.
Since the 1950s the typical behaviours thought of as ‘self-harming’ have undergone radical shifts; from a concern over overdoses in the 1950s and 1960s, to self-cutting from the 1980s onwards. This talk will introduce the ‘social setting’ for these shifts and explain how they correspond to a political philosophy that champions individual competition and self-regulation over collective provision and solidarity. From this perspective, Chris Millard will discuss how psychological categories thus correspond to, and naturalise political changes, as well as being prompted by them.
Booking is essential. Book online here, or call 020 7703 6120.