Book Review

‘Searching for a Rose Garden: Challenging Psychiatry, Fostering Mad Studies’ reviewed by Lucy Goldsmith

‘Searching for a Rose Garden: Challenging Psychiatry, Fostering Mad Studies’ edited by Jasna Russo and Angela Sweeney (PCCS books, 2016). Reviewed by Lucy Goldsmith, researcher at St George’s, University of London. “I never promised you a rose garden”: so striking was her psychiatrist’s statement about recovery in mental health that it Read more…

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Call for Reviews

Call for Review: ‘The Diagnostic System: Why the Classification of Psychiatric Disorder is Necessary, Difficult, and Never Settled’ by Jason Schnittker.

We are delighted to offer The Diagnostic System: Why the Classification of Psychiatric Disorders is Necessary, Difficult, and Never Settled  by Jason Schnittker (Columbia University Press, 2017) for review. Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. Mental illness is many things at once: It is a natural phenomenon that is also shaped by Read more…

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Call for Papers

Socioeconomic factors and mental health: past and present (Special Issue CfP, Palgrave Communications)

Palgrave Communications is an open access journal published by Palgrave Macmillan dedicated to publishing high quality original research across all areas of the humanities and social sciences. Article proposals and full submissions are now being sought for this special issue. This article collection, edited by Professor Matthew Smith and Dr Lucas Richert (University of Read more…

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Jobs

Mental health of children and adolescents: opportunities for Early Career Researchers (CfA, Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft, Austria)

Are you interested in contributing to novel, ground-breaking solutions in the mental health of children? Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft is looking for open minds to join their Open Innovation in Science initiative. Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft (LBG) is an independent Austrian research organisation with 600 employees and a major focus on health Read more…

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Call for Papers

Reading Bodies, Writing Minds (CfP, University of Nottingham, 13 April 2017)

‘Reading Bodies, Writing Minds’ is a one-day conference exploring mental health issues in the medical humanities, and will be held 13 April 2017 at Highfield House, The University of Nottingham’s University Park Campus. The conference is intended to stimulate interdisciplinary discussion on modern and historical aspects of medical humanities. The Read more…

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Announcements

Palgrave Communications – special issue launch: ‘On balance: lifestyle, mental health and wellbeing’

Palgrave Communications, the multi-disciplinary open access journal published by Palgrave Macmillan, is excited to announce the launch of a special issue, ‘On balance: lifestyle, mental health and wellbeing’. This issue is edited by Dr Ali Haggett (Centre for Medical History, University of Exeter, UK). During the twentieth and early twenty-first Read more…

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Exhibition Review

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, Read more…

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Think Piece

R. D. Laing’s accounts of Kingsley Hall (Guest Post: 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. At the start of April I left London, where I teach British Literature to students from Florida State University, and moved up to Scotland. Thanks to a Wellcome Trust Read more…

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Exhibitions, Performances and Screenings

Bedlam: the asylum and beyond (Exhibition, Wellcome Collection London, 15 September 2016 – 15 January 2017)

  Follow the rise and fall of the mental asylum and explore how it has shaped the complex landscape of mental health today. Reimagine the institution, informed by the experiences of the patients, doctors, artists and reformers who inhabited the asylum or created alternatives to it. Today asylums have largely been Read more…

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