Architectural History and Theory Seminar series: Leslie Topp

  • Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 17:15 to 18:30

This seminar by Dr Leslie Topp, of Birkbeck, University of London, takes as its title ‘Freedom and the Cage: Modern Architecture and Psychiatry in Central Europe 1890-1914’.

Leslie is Senior Lecturer in History of Art at Birkbeck. Her research concerns architecture (including buildings, theory, interiors and urbanism) in social and cultural context, with her current work focusing on the connections between psychiatry, architecture and visual culture.

Freedom and the Cage: Modern Architecture and Psychiatry in Central Europe 1890-1914

The planners of elaborate public psychiatric hospitals built in this period used architecture, urbanism and landscape design to heighten the cultural importance of marginal institutions. This paper will explore the motivating ideas and built results, asking what this circa-1900 phenomenon can tell us about later modernist experiments in controlled freedom.

The event is free, and all are welcome to attend, from the University and beyond. If you do not have a University swipe card, please be at the entrance to Minto House (20 Chambers Street) at 5.05pm to be taken to the room in which the seminar will take place. If you have any special access requirements, please get in touch with the seminar convenors, Dr Richard Anderson and Dr Alistair Fair.

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