The 200-Year Search for Normal People (and Why They Don't Exist)
Monday 17 October, 8pm
Great Hall, Kent College
Tickets £12 (Incl. £1.50 booking fee)
The Kent College Lecture
Have you ever worried about whether you’re ‘normal’? From our bodies to our minds, our sex lives to our kids’ development, we constantly judge ourselves and those around us by a set of standards. Yet, before the mid-1800s, the word ‘normal’ wasn’t even applied to human beings at all. In this history of the two-century search for what’s normal, Sarah Chaney will explain why we need to question standards that emerged from sexist and racist scientific endeavours and acknowledge that the normal does not, in fact, exist.
Sarah Chaney is a Research Fellow at Queen Mary Centre for the History of Emotions.