Madness Contested: Power and Practice (Review by Jonathan Gadsby)

Jonathan Gadsby, PhD candidate at Birmingham City University, reviews Steven Coles, Sarah Keenan and Bob Diamond, eds., Madness Contested: Power and Practice (Ross-on-Wye: PCCS Books, 2013): It was impossible for me to read this new collection dispassionately and I will not be the only one. I found myself in turns punching the air and nervously Read the full article…

The S Factor (A Poem by Sandy Jeffs)

The S Factor For Heidi Sometimes Craziness creates a Heightened Illumination of the Zeitgeist Originality its Privilege Humour its Revenge Every outsider Nonconformist work of art is an Ingenious Act of lunacy. © Sandy Jeffs 2013 Sandy Jeffs is an Australian poet and community educator. Her memoir Flying with Paper Wings: Reflections on Living with Read the full article…

Spirituality, Theology and Mental Health: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (New Book edited by Prof Chris Cook

Spirituality, Theology and Mental Health: Interdisciplinary Perspectives edited by Professor Chris Cook is now available for pre-order (£45.00). In 2010 a Durham conference on Spirituality, Theology & Mental Health was made possible by support from the Guild of Health. The conference was attended by more than one hundred delegates, from a variety of different professional and academic backgrounds including those working in Read the full article…

Altered Consciousness, 1918-1980 (CfP, Conference, Queen Mary, London, 16-17 November)

Altered Consciousness, 1918-1980 16-17 November 2013 Queen Mary, University of London, E1 4NS Closing date for submissions: 14 June 2013 Keynote speaker: Jeffrey Kripal (Rice University) This meeting will explore the theme of altered consciousness in relation to popular culture, psychology, philosophy, religion, medicine and literature during the period 1918-1980. Many literary and popular authors Read the full article…

Lord Kelvin Adam Smith PhD Studentship, University of Glasgow: T. Ferguson Rodger: ‘social psychiatry’, ‘mad dreaming’, and ‘rethinking mental health’

Lord Kelvin Adam Smith PhD Studentship, University of Glasgow: T. Ferguson Rodger: ‘social psychiatry’, ‘mad dreaming’, and ‘rethinking mental health’ Professor of Psychological Medicine at Glasgow University (1948-1973) and consultant psychiatrist at Glasgow hospitals, Thomas Ferguson Rodger (1907-1978) straddled a time of massive change when older ‘asylum-based’ psychiatry was challenged by emergent general hospital- and Read the full article…

Healing Words: A Meditation on Poetry and Recovery from Mental Illness

This is a brief extract from an essay by Sandy Jeffs and Susan Pepper entitled “Healing Words: A Meditation on Poetry and Recovery from Mental Illness” published in The Arts in Psychotherapy (2005). Sandy Jeffs is an Australian poet and community educator and a regular contributor of poetry and essays to the Centre for Medical Read the full article…

The Madwoman in This Poem (A Poem by Sandy Jeffs)

The Madwoman in This Poem After Bronwen Wallace The Madwoman in this poem Lives on the twenty-second floor Of a block of flats Her husband and children gone Each day she waits for a letter That never comes Her wrists carry a flurry of scars Her arms are dotted with cigarette burns Every day she Read the full article…

Disability and Culture: Whose Tragedy? Podcasts Now Available

Disability and Culture: Whose Tragedy? Podcasts now available A workshop held on Thursday March 21st, 2013 at the Centre for Creative Collaboration (c4cc) 16 Acton Street, London WC1X 9NG as Part of Royal Holloway’s Trauma, Fiction, History Series, jointly sponsored by the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures and the Humanities and Arts Research Read the full article…

Mental Health and Dependency (CfP, Medical Humanities Research Network Scotland Symposium, 18 May 2013)

Medical Humanities Research Network Scotland (MHRNS) Symposium 2013 The RSE/Scottish Government-funded MHRNS aims to enable greater and more sustained collaborative research within Scotland in the medical humanities. The network’s website is available here. The second symposium of the MHRNS will be held in the School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow, on Saturday 18 May Read the full article…