Conference: Making Sense of Mad Studies, Durham

Posted on July 16th, 2015 by Hannah Tweed

Wed 30th Sept. – Thurs 1st October 2015, Durham, UK

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‘Making Sense of Mad Studies’ is a two day conference to be held on 30 September and 1 October 2015, funded by the Welcome Trust and hosted by the Centre for Medical Humanities at Durham University in collaboration with the North East Mad Studies Forum.  The aim of the conference is to provide a platform for the development and critical exploration of the emerging discipline, Mad Studies, with specific emphasis on nurturing new researchers and collaborations in this area- both inside and outside of the University. There will be a particular critical focus on exploring the following themes:

  • What are the challenges Mad Studies face and what can we do about them?
  • What does ‘doing’ Mad Studies mean?
  • Connections between Mad Studies and disciplines such as sociology, disability studies, geography, psychiatry, social policy, healthcare and medicine;
  • Mad Studies, ‘recovery’, and the co-option of activist terms;
  • Narratives of madness and distress- drawing on literature and cultural representations as a source for understanding mental distress.

We are delighted to announce that we already have five keynote speakers confirmed: Prof. Peter Beresford, Representatives from ‘Recovery in the Bin’, Prof. Brenda LeFrancois, Dr Helen Spandler, Prof. Brendan Stone.

We hope this conference provides space to begin and continue conversations, and for delegates to think about how we make sense of Mad Studies, reflecting on what Mad Studies has done and can do. If you have any questions about the conference please do not hesitate to contact Victoria Armstrong, one of the conference organisers at v.e.potts@durham.ac.uk.  Also, if you have any particular access requirements please let Victoria know.  We expect demand for places at this conference will be high so please book early.  Booking for the event will close on 1st September 2015.

Do you have questions about Making Sense of Mad Studies? Contact Victoria Armstrong

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