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Category: Prize Winners

The Heretics: Behind Closed Doors: A Look Inside Insane Asylums of the 19th Century

We are pleased to announce that our first place winner and HistoryHackathon award winner for Pedagogy and Digital History is The Heretics. Their project is a short documentary about insane asylums in the 19th century.

They explore the motivations of mental treatment: whether it was geared towards helping them become better or if it was a system of segregation in which people who had contrary opinions and beliefs from the social norm were separated from society. They also explore the various treatments given to patients, and focus upon the care of women, since as a power-inferior minority they represent the clearest picture of what happened behind the closed doors of these institutions.

  • Likhitha Butchireddygari
  • Christine Kinyua
  • Jules Frost
  • Meagan Stanley

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