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…

Voices of Madness, Voices of Mental ill-health (CfP, Centre for Health Histories, University of Huddersfield, 15th- 16th Sept 2016)

In the thirty years since Roy Porter called on historians to lower their gaze so that they might better understand patient-doctor roles in the past, historians have sought to place the voices of previously, silent, marginalised and disenfranchised individuals at the heart of their analyses. Contemporaneously, the development of service user groups and patient consultations Read the full article…

The Making Sense Of: Madness Project: 8th Global Meeting (CfP, Mansfield College, 17th September 2015)

Tuesday 15th September – Thursday 17th September 2015 Mansfield College, Oxford Call for Presentations: Madness: What is it? Why does it exist? Where and when does it happen? How does it happen, and to whom? Like the relation between otherness and identity, madness might have always been used to define its opposite, or defined by Read the full article…

Book Announcement: Performance, Madness and Psychiatry

Anna Harpin & Juliet Foster, eds., Performance, Madness and Psychiatry: Isolated Acts (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) This exciting collection of interdisciplinary essays explores the complex area of madness and performance. The book spans from the 18th century to the present and unearths the overlooked history of theatre and performance in, and about, psychiatric asylums and hospitals. Read the full article…

History of Psychiatry Reading Group (London)

All are welcome to join a student-led reading group on the theme of the history of psychiatry. We are next meeting on 6 February at 6pm in the History department at Birkbeck, and we are reading Agnes’ Jacket by Gail Hornstein. For more information or any queries, please contact janetlweston AT hotmail.com

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 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…

“Science & Society”: History of Science, Medicine, & Technology Postgrad Conference (Oxford, 7 June 2013)

The Wellcome Unit for the History Medicine, University of Oxford is pleased to announce the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology Postgraduate Conference 2013 Science and Society will take place on  7 June 2013 at 10:00-17:00 At the History Faculty Lecture Theatre, George Street, Oxford Science and society have been codependently constructed.  The Wellcome Unit’s annual postgraduate conference seeks to Read the full article…

Luke Fowler’s “All Divided Selves” (Film, showing at Tate Britain, London, until 6 January 2013)

For those of you who have not yet seen Luke Fowler’s Turner-Prize nominated film on R.D. Laing (see Cheryl McGeachan’s review on the CMH blog), “All Divided Selves” will be showing several times a day at Tate Britain in London until 6 January 2013. See here for further information. Adrian Searle reflects on the Turner Read the full article…