Alternative Psychiatric Narratives: Exploring non-traditional texts, voices, and spaces

Alternative Psychiatric Narratives is a conference taking place at Birkbeck on 16-17 May 2014. One of its convenors, PhD candidate Janet Weston, considers some of its themes in relation to her own research.   When I began my PhD research in the history of medicine just over a year ago, I hadn’t given much thought Read the full article…

Alternative Psychiatric Narratives (CfP, Postgraduate & ECR Conference, Birkbeck, 16-17 May 2014)

Alternative Psychiatric Narratives Friday 16 and Saturday 17 May 2014 Birkbeck College, University of London Chair: Professor Joanna Bourke, Birkbeck In recent years, historians of psychiatry have heeded Roy Porter’s call to produce psychiatric histories from the patient’s point of view.  Studies have moved on from focusing on medical discourse to investigating the diversity of Read the full article…

The Protest Psychosis: Race, Stigma, and the Diagnosis of Schizophrenia – Jonathan Metzl (Public Lecture, 4 April 2014, Durham University)

The Protest Psychosis: Race, Stigma, and the Diagnosis of Schizophrenia Professor Jonathan Metzl 5.30pm Friday 4 April 2014 Arthur Holmes Lecture Theatre, Science Site, Durham University Abstract: Misperceptions that persons with schizophrenia are violent or dangerous lie at the heart of stigmatizations of the disease.  My talk tells the story of how these modern-day American Read the full article…

Recovery Archive at the Wellcome Trust (Project and Symposium, Wellcome Trust, December 9 2013)

Professor Jerome Carson writes: A PhD researcher, Anna Sexton, who is an archivist, has established a Recovery Archive on the Omeka system. It features work from four people with lived experience of mental health problems. These are Peter Bullimore, Andrew Voyce, Dolly Sen and Stuart Baker-Brown. The site features a variety of contributions from each author. Read the full article…

Paul Moloney, The Therapy Industry – Review by Jenny Laws

Jenny Laws, post-doctoral research fellow at the Centre for Medical Humanities and Department of Geography, Durham University, reviews Paul Moloney, The Therapy Industry: The Irresistible Rise Of The Talking Cure, And Why It Doesn’t Work (London: Pluto Press, 2013). You can download a sample of the book here. Many thanks to Pluto Press for permission Read the full article…

Conference Review: “Philosophy and Psychiatry: The Next Hundred Years”

Anthony Fernandez, graduate student in Philosophy at the University of South Florida,  writes: This year the fifteenth annual meeting of the International Network for Philosophy and Psychiatry took the rather grand form of a tripartite traveling symposium entitled, Philosophy and Psychiatry: The Next Hundred Years. The occasion – the centenary of Karl Jaspers’ General Psychopathology. Read the full article…

PCCS Book Series on Lived Experience of Mental Health

Readers of the CMH blog may be interested in this press release from PCCS books and the Madness and Literature Network: ‘The ‘Our Encounters with…’ series collect together unmediated, unsanitised narratives by service-users, past service-users and carers and survivors. These stories of direct experience will be of great benefit to those interested in narrative enquiry, Read the full article…

Power and pitfalls of psychopathology: Marking 100 years since the publication of Karl Jaspers’ General Psychopathology (Conference, London, 8 October 2013)

Power and pitfalls of psychopathology: Marking 100 years since the publication of Karl Jaspers’ General Psychopathology Tuesday 8 October 2013 Royal Society Of Medicine 1 Wimpole Street, LONDON, W1G 0AE A joint meeting with the Maudsley Philosophy Group in association with the London Division of the Royal College of Psychiatrists The year 2013 marks the Read the full article…