Exploring the History of Normality: A Conversation with Tal Arbel

Historian of science Tal Arbel explores theories, techniques, and tools that were used to distinguish the normal from the pathological and the deviant for the past 200 years.

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Feb 25

About the Event

Worrying about what’s normal and what’s not is an endemic feature of our culture. Is my IQ above average? What about my height? Should I be feeling this way? Is there a pill for that? People seem to have always been concerned with fitting in, but the way of describing the general run of practices and conditions as “normal” is a recent phenomenon; testament to the vast influence that modern science has on our lives.

Join us for a conversation with Tal Arbel, a historian of science at the University of Chicago’s Institute on the Formation of Knowledge, to explore theories, techniques, and tools that were used to distinguish the normal from the pathological and the deviant for the past 200 years.

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Headshot of Tal Arbel, postdoctoral researcher at the University of Chicago’s Institute on the Formation of Knowledge.

Tal Arbel

Institute on the Formation of Knowledge

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