Program of the Symposium on Mental Health, Spirituality, and Religion, 2013

Program for the 2013 Symposium on “Mental Health, Spirituality, and Religion: Premodern Perspectives for a Postmodern Discourse”


University of Arizona, Tucson, May 2-5, 2013
Organized by Albrecht Classen, Dept. of German Studies

Location: Rincon and Catalina Rooms, University of Arizona Student Union, 3rd floor, north side (watch the program)

Registration: $90 for the active participants (includes all evening receptions, all meals and refreshments)

THURSDAY, May 2, 7-9 p.m. RECEPTION (Hosted by UA), Riverpark Inn, 350 S. Freeway, next to Interstate 10, south of St. Mary’s Rd. (hospitality room, a suite, no. 134) – feel free to drop in and to stay until 9 p.m., but the room will be a suite where one of the participants is staying, so we should not impose ourselves for too long after 9 p.m.!

FRIDAY, May 3:

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE: Each Speaker will have twenty minutes for the talk, and ten minutes for discussions, but not more than thirty minutes in total.

8:30 a.m. Pick-up at the hotel. Please be punctual in the lobby.

Chair for both days: Albrecht Classen

WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION: 9:00 – 9:15 a.m. Albrecht Classen (University of Arizona): Mental Healing, Spirituality, and Religion in Medieval Literature

Rincon Room, Student Union, 3rd Floor

9:15-9:45 a.m.: Rosemarie Danziger (Tel-Aviv University, Israel): St. Ignatius’s Epistle to the Romans as a Model for Hagiographic Literature in the 11th Century

9:45 – 10:15 a.m.: Maedhbh M. Nic Dhonnchadha (National University of Ireland, Galway): Constructing the Early Irish Cult of Brigit

10:15-10:30 a.m.: Coffee/Tea Break: Hosted by UA

10:30 – 11:00 a.m.: Xenia Sosnowski (University of Bonn, Germany): A Prince Under the Spell of the Devil? An Examination of the Outburst of Charles the Fat in 873 CE

11:00-11:30 a.m.: Feargal Ó Béarra (Department of Irish, National University of Ireland, Galway): Mental Illness in Twelfth-Century Ireland: The Case of Suibhne Geilt
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Lia Ross (University of New Mexico, Albuquerque): Body and Spirit: Martial Practices Among Monastic Orders

12:00 -1:30 p.m. Lunch: Rincon room. Hosted by UA
1:30 – 2:00 p.m.: Susanna Niiranen (University of Jyväskylä, Finland): Cure and Maintenance of Mental Health in Late Medieval Vernacular Medicine

2:00 – 2:30 p.m.:  David Tomicek (University of Jan Evangelista Purkyne [in Ustí nad Labem], Czech Republic, Prague, CZ): Mental Health in the Medieval regimina sanitatis

2:30 – 3:00 p.m.: Sarah Gordon (Utah State University, Logan): “What is Good for Ye Brayne, What is Evylle for Ye Brayne:” Mental Illness and Wellness in Fifteenth-Century Medical Manuscripts

3:00-3:15  Coffee Break: Hosted by UA (Catalina)

3:15 -3:45 p.m.: Matthew McCabe (University of Calgary, Canada): Therapeutic Reading, Meditation, and Connectedness in the Middle English Court of Sapience
3:45 – 4:15 p.m.: Daniel F. Pigg (Department of English and Modern Foreign Languages, The University of Tennessee at Martin): Motors of the Mind: The Healing of Discourses in Chaucer’s Book of the Duchess

4:15 – 4:45 p.m.: Jean Jost (Bradley University, Peoria, IL): Affective Piety in the “Pricke of Conscience”

4:45 – 5:15:  Eliza Buhrer (Seton Hall University, NJ): “But what is to be said of a fool?”: Evolving Understandings of Intellectual Impairment in Late Medieval England

5:15-5:45 p.m. tour of the campus

5:45-7:00 p.m.: Dinner in the Student Union. Catalina Room (3rd floor)
7:30 p.m. pick up by shuttle buses, return to the hotel

8:00:-10:00 p.m.: Reception: Riverpark Inn, Hospitality Room 134

Hosted by UA


8:30 a.m. Pick-up at the hotel (please be punctual)

Catalina Room all day

9:00-9:30 a.m.: Scott L. Taylor (PCC, Tucson):  Affectus secundam scientiam: Cognitio experimentalis and Jean Gerson’s Psychology of the Whole Person

9:30-10:00 a.m.: Thomas G. Benedek (University of Pittsburgh, PA): Psychological Insight: The Concepts of Petrarch versus Weyer

10:00-10:15 a.m. Coffee/Tea Break

10:15-10:45 a.m.: Kyle DiRoberto (University of Arizona, South): “Oh teach me how I should forget to think” Love, Madness, and Remediation in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream

10:45-11:15: Tünde Beatrix Karnitscher and Florian Westhagen (Ludwig-Maximilian- Universität Munich, Germany): Melancholy as a Condition of Knowledge in Jakob Böhme’s Aurora

11:15-11:45: Liliana Leopardi (Hobart and William Smith Colleges, NY): Camillo Leonardi and Renaissance Lithoterapy
11:45-12:15 p.m. Andrew Weeks (Illinois State University): “The Invisible Diseases” of Paracelsus

12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m.: Lunch (Hosted by UA) – Catalina Room, Student Union

1:15 p.m. -1:45 p.m.: Thomas Willard (University of Arizona, Tucson): Healthy and Diseased Imaginings: The Paracelsian Perspective

1:45 -2:15 p.m.: Marilyn Sandidge (Westfield State University, MA): Thomas Campion’s The Lords’ Masque: Madness Tamed by Music

2:15-2:45 p.m.: Bo Anderson (Uppsala University, Sweden): Order in Insanity. Eva Margaretha Frölich and Her National Swedish Eschatology

2:45-3:00 p.m.: Coffee/Tea Break

3:00-3:30 p.m.: Martha Peacock (Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah): The Inner Cause and the Better Choice: Women Artists and the Attraction of the Labadist Religion

3:30-4:00 p.m.: Viswanathan Rajesh (Department of Psychiatry, University of Arizona): Workshop on: Self Awareness – Limitations of Design or Limited Edition in Current Times

4:00-4:30 p.m.: Jean Baruch (Tucson, AZ, Beads of Courage): Alleviating the Experience of Suffering Through Narrative Medicine

4:30-5:00 p.m. Hester Oberman (University of Arizona, Tucson): ‘Nones’ on the Bus: a Postmodern Perspective on Mental Health, Spirituality & Religion

(Albrecht Classen (University of Arizona): Spiritual Healing Through Narratives of Mourning: Johannes of Tepl and Christine de Pizan – for the emergency, in case a paper will not be delivered)

5:30 p.m.: Transportation to restaurant Taco Giro Mexican Grill (West Tucson; 610 N. Grande Ave – west of the I-10; take St. Mary’s Rd west to Grande, turn right, or north, restaurant is soon on your right, or south side of Grande)

for dinner at 6:30 p.m.

7:45 p.m.: Transportation back to the Hotel

8:00-10:00 p.m. Reception, Riverpark Inn, Hospitality Suite 134. Hosted by UA

8:30 p.m.: Roundtable Discussion: What have we achieved? Where do we go from here?

Preparation for publication

Sunday, May 5

Excursion to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum ( $14.50 entrance fee on your own

Pick-up at the hotel: 8:15 a.m. (limit of max. 14 people), Shuttle operated by hotel (no charge)

For others, I would like to offer a short (free) excursion to the historical mission church San Xavier del Bac (ca. 1790). Pick-up at ca. 9:15 a.m., return to the hotel at ca. 11:00 a.m. (no charge)

Pick-up at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum at ca. 11:30 a.m., back to the hotel at ca. 12 p.m. (can be extended)

Sunday afternoon:

Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N. Main Ave. just north of Alameda St., is free on 1st Sunday of the month, which would be May 6.
Open 12 noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

We could plan on a dinner in a restaurant downtown at 6 p.m. for those who will stay until Monday or longer. Probably at Delectables, on 4th Avenue.

We wish to acknowledge the generous support of the following sponsors: SILLC (UA), the UA Departments of German Studies, Spanish and Portuguese, English, French and Italian, Religious Studies, Sociology, Russian and Slavic, and the Dean of the College of Humanities. The Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at ASU, Tempe, AZ, the Office of Undergraduate Education, UA, the Center for Medical Humanities, UA, and the UA Bookstore also provided very kind contributions. I am also very grateful to the De Gruyter Publishing House for its support.