Photo by Jess Nash

Join writers Siri Hustvedt, Laure Murat, and artist Johanna Hedva along with two representatives of L’Oiseau Mouche Theater Company as they discuss how the understanding of mental illness can move beyond a dichotomous perception of normality and disease at “Redefining Normality and Disease,” a panel discussion at the French Embassy. This event, which is part of Festival Albertine, an annual, five-day event hosted by Albertine Books, will be moderated by Sara Hendren. Untapped Cities Insiders have reserved spots for this limited seating event.

Albertine Books is a bookshop and cultural center operated by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US. Inaugurated in 2014, Festival Albertine has become a vital summit for discourse between leading French-speaking and American thinkers.

DATE: Saturday, November 3rd, 4:30PM–6:00PM

PRICE: FREE for Untapped Cities Insiders!

CAPACITY: 10 guests. Spots allocated on a first come, first served basis.


About the Speakers:

  • Sara Hendren’s recent work includes collaborative public art and social design that engages the human body, technology, and the politics of disability. She frequently writes and lectures on prosthetics, disability studies, hybrid art-engineering practices, critical design, and related topics. Her work has been exhibited in the US and abroad and is held in the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art. In spring 2018, she is a Logan Nonfiction Fellow at the Carey Institute for Global Good.
    Johanna Hedva is a Korean American genderqueer artist. In 2015, Hedva published the manifesto Sick Woman Theory, in which they propose a mode of political protest centered around health care, coping, and sharing stories of living with disabilities in contemporary society.
  • Siri Hustvedt has a PhD in English literature from Columbia University and is a Lecturer in Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College. The author of six novels, four collections of essays, and a work of nonfiction, Hustvedt is the recipient of numerous awards. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages.
  • Laure Murat is the Director of the Center for European and Russian Studies at UCLA, and professor in the Department of French and Francophone Studies. She specializes in cultural studies, history of psychiatry, and queer theory. She is the author of several books, including The Man Who Thought He Was Napoleon. Towards a Political History of Psychiatry (2014), and is a columnist for the French newspaper Libération.
  • L’Oiseau Mouche is a theater company based in Roubaix, France that consists of 23 members, all of whom are professional actors with mental disabilities. Its working condition is highly collaborative, with everyone taking part in the cleaning, the welcoming of the audience, and other activities. Stéphane Frimat, the director of the company, and actress Alpérine will participate in the panel discussion.

Festival Albertine is presented in partnership with The Recanati-Kaplan Foundation, Susannah Hunnewell, Van Cleef & Arpels, Air France, Institut français, Onassis Foundation USA, Carnegie Corporation of New York, and Emily and James Hamilton. Generous support is provided by Champagne Pommery and Intercontinental New York Barclay. Media Partner: The New York Review of Books.


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