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Events in Jerusalem


at 13.03.2011

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Sunday mar 13th

Mishkenot Sha'ananim presents "Insanity": a series of six lectures on the blurry area between the normal and the pathological from various points of view: clinical psychology, art, cinema, opera, Hebrew literature, religion, science, and different cultures.

January 2, 2011: On the Relativity in Sanity

Dr. Dafna Katznelson Banek – senior clinical psychologist at the Academic Center Ono and at Haifa University. Banek will share personal experiences from a forced hospitalization twenty years ago, as well as professional views how the definition of insanity is in the eye of the beholder.

January 16, 2011: Insanity in Modern Painting

Yigal Vardi – artist, psychologist, and author. The unique insanity which characterizes distinguished artists of the modern era such as: Dali, Picasso, Soutine, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Monaque, and others.

January 30, 2011: This is How a Crazy Opera Singer is Entertained

Michael Eisenstat – artistic director of the Israeli Opera. Most opera heroes fall in love when the curtain rises and die when the curtain falls. In the process, many go crazy. The lectures will be accompanied by photographs of scenes from operas.

February 13, 2011: A Journey to the Depths of Insanity in Film

Rachel Esterkin – film critic. Content, language, historical development, and social critique accompanied by excerpts from films.

February 27, 2011: Insanity in the Beginnings of Hebrew Literature

Dr. Dafna Katznelson Banek – clinical psychologist and literary critic. How did Hebrew writers view insanity in an era when psychoanalysis was just being created? Banek will discuss how writers related to the mentally ill and bring examples from the writings of Gershon Shufman, Y.H. Brenner, Devorah Barron, S. Ben Zion and others.

March 13, 2011: Insanity and Culture – Social Structuring of Emotional Distress

Professor Yoram Bilu – Hebrew University. Bilu will discuss the social and historical characterization of insanity and the ways in which social, political, and economic factors play a role in the shaping, definition, and understanding of emotional distress.

*Space is limited *Mishkenot Sha'ananim reserves the right to make changes to the schedule


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