History of Madness in Canada/Histoire de la folie au Canada (announcement, Website launch)

The History of Madness in Canada/Histoire de la folie au Canada website is delighted to announce the launch of a new set of sixteen research exhibits that present the complex and often difficult history of psychiatric deinstitutionalization in Canada. The After the Asylum/Après l’asile web pages have been co-created by academic scholars, community partners, students, Read the full article…

R. D. Laing’s Version of Asylum and its Cultural Appeal (Dr Adrian Chapman, Visiting Fellow at the MHRC, University of Glasgow)

This blog was previously posted on the University of Glasgow Medical Humanities Research Centre blog. We have reposted here with permission. The Wellcome Collection’s fascinating new London exhibition, Bedlam: The Asylum and Beyond, offers several versions of the asylum: a place of incarceration and therapy, an object of voyeuristic fascination, and a source of artistic Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘African Asylum at a Crossroads: Activism, Expert Testimony, and Refugee Rights’ edited by Iris Berger et al

We are pleased to offer for review ‘African Asylum at a Crossroads: Activism, Expert Testimony, and Refugee Rights’ edited by Iris Berger, Tricia Redeker Hepner, Benjamin N. Lawrence, Joanna T. Tague, and Meredith Terretta (Ohio University Press, 2015). Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. African Asylum at a Crossroads: Activism, Expert Testimony, and Refugee Read the full article…

“The Last Asylum: A Memoir of Madness in Our Times” (Discussion, Birkbeck, 30 June 2014)

“The Last Asylum: A Memoir of Madness in Our Times” – Discussing the Issues Monday 30 June 2014   7.30pm – 9.30pm  Room 532, Birkbeck Main Building (Torrington Square) Barbara Taylor, with David Bell, Stephen Frosh, Rex Haigh and Lynne Segal Chaired by Sasha Roseneil  At this seminar, Barbara Taylor will speak about her recently published Read the full article…

Art in the Asylum: Preservation & Transformations

Dr Victoria Tischler, Associate Professor in Behavioural Sciences. Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology, University of Nottingham, and curator of ‘Art in the Asylum: creativity and the evolution of psychiatry’ reflects on this exhibition. Art in the Asylum: preservation and transformations The exhibition ‘Art in the Asylum: Creativity and the Evolution of Psychiatry‘ at the Djanogly gallery Read the full article…

Art in the Asylum: Creativity & the Evolution of Psychiatry (Exhibition, Nottingham, 7 September – 3 November 2013)

Art in the Asylum Exhibition & new installation “Marat Sade Bohnice” by Althea Thauberger Art in the Asylum: creativity and the evolution of psychiatry presents the first look at the evolution of artistic activity in British asylums from the early 1800s to the 1970s. Over nearly two centuries, the visual arts have played a significant Read the full article…

“The Trade in Lunacy”: A Theatrical Examination of 18th Century Private Asylums (Coventry, 27-29 June 2013)

The Warwick Centre for the History of Medicine is delighted to announce a new public engagement collaboration with Talking Birds linked to Professor Hilary Marland’s research entitled: ‘Trade in Lunacy’, supported by the Wellcome Trust’s Centre Strategic Award; Situating Medicine: New Directions in the History of Medicine and Arts Council, England. The Trade in Lunacy is a Read the full article…

Asylum and Post-Asylum Spaces: Contemporary and historical perspectives on ‘shelter, treatment and care’ (Workshop, Glasgow, 30 January 2013)

Dr Jennifer Laws (postdoctoral researcher in the Centre for Medical Humanities) is one of the co-organizers of the second of a 2-part collaborative seminar between the Universities of Durham and Glasgow on ‘Asylum and Post-Asylum Spaces’. The purpose of the two events has been to explore new and emerging approaches to asylum and post-asylum landscapes Read the full article…

Asylum Geographies: Introducing a new social science blog by Kim Ross

Asylums possess fascinating geographies, with distinctive urban, local, regional, and environmental connections, with the sites and architecture of the former institutions carefully chosen by a variety of people, for very specific reasons. The blog Asylum Geographies explores these geographies and institutions in detail, from the macro to the micro scale, and across different time periods. Read the full article…

Asylum and Post Asylum Spaces – Contemporary and historical perspectives on ‘shelter, treatment and care’ (Seminar, Durham University, 17 April)

Asylum and Post Asylum Spaces – Contemporary and historical perspectives on ‘shelter, treatment and care’ Geography Seminar, Durham University 17 April 2012 Turner Room, Van Mildert College RSVP: To  Nicola Bramfitt by Friday 30 March 2012. 11.00 – 11.30              Coffee and Introductions 11.30 – 12.00              Post grad Presentation Hazel Morison: ‘Exploring the interior of Glasgow’s Read the full article…