Objects of psychiatry – Between thing-making, reification & personhood (CfP, University of Zurich, 8-11 June 2016)

Psychiatry is situated at the interface between the natural sciences, the social sciences and the humanities. The ensuing hybrid nature invites inter- and transdisciplinary research approaches. This conference aims to give a platform to such approaches asking the central question: Who or what is, becomes or constitutes psychiatry’s object? Taking its starting point from the Read the full article…

Mind, Value and Mental Health (Int’l Conference, University of Oxford, 25 July 2015)

A one-day international conference delivered by renowned experts in the field through keynote lectures. Willing Addicts? Drinkers, Dandies, Druggies and other Dionysians: Owen Flanagan (James B Duke Professor and Professor of Neurobiology, Duke University, USA) This talk will discuss the reasons some addicts choose addiction rather than “recovery”, whether addiction is always a disorder, and Read the full article…

Winter School in Psychiatry, Philosophy and Neuroscience (University of Otago, 21-24 June 2015)

Bioethics Centre, 71 Frederick Street, University of Otago, Dunedin 21st – 24th June 2015 Download Programme Overview: We will be providing a mixed learning opportunity involving presentations and case-based problem solving workshops, with the aim of encouraging and supporting integrative thinking in neuroscience, psychology, psychiatry and philosophy. The presentations and discussions will cover a range Read the full article…

Psychiatry beyond Scientism (CfP, Conference, Amsterdam January 22-24 2015)

Psychiatry Beyond Scientism: Exploratory Models, Professional Practices, and Socio-Cultural Contexts January 22-24, 2015 VU University Amsterdam Confirmed speakers: John Campbell (UC Berkeley, USA) Trudy Dehue (University of Groningen, Netherlands) Bill Fulford (University of Warwick, UK) John Sadler (University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, USA) Mona Gupta (Université de Montréal, Canada) Marc Lewis (Radboud University, Netherlands) Read the full article…

Everyday Ethics: Voices from the Front Line of Community Psychiatry reviewed by Michael Flexer

‘Everyday Ethics: Voices from the Front Line of Community Psychiatry’ by Paul Brodwin (University of California Press, 2013). At the heart of this impressive ethnographic study of the pseudonymous ‘Eastside Service’ lies a simple question: what is – or might be – ‘everyday ethics’ for community mental health care?  Anthropologist Paul Brodwin, never allows the 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…

Podcast – Jonathan M. Metzl, ‘The Protest Psychosis: Race, Stigma, and the Diagnosis of Schizophrenia’

The Centre for Medical Humanities was delighted to host Jonathan Metzl earlier this month for a public lecture entitled, ‘The Protest Psychosis: Race, Stigma, and the Diagnosis of Schizophrenia’. Jonathan is a wonderful public speaker and he gave us a fascinating introduction to his work on the racial history of psychosis in North America. For Read the full article…

Alternative Psychiatric Narratives (Conference, London, 16-17 May 2014)

This conference aims to bring together postgraduate and early career researchers to explore the experiences, voices, and representations of those who make up the wide and varied psychiatric landscape, but who find themselves outside or excluded from formal psychiatric spaces. We’re delighted to now share the programme and to announce that registration is open. For Read the full article…

Is psychiatry dying? The contemporary ‘legitimation crisis’ in psychiatry – Alistair Morgan (Durham University, 26 March 2014)

‘Is psychiatry dying? The contemporary ‘legitimation crisis’ in psychiatry’ Dr Alistair Morgan, Senior Lecturer in Mental Health, Sheffield Hallam University A Joint Special Interest Group in Psychosis presentation Wednesday 26th March 2014, 5.30 – 7 pm Room ER143, Elvet Riverside Durham University, DH1 3JT This talk explores the contemporary “legitimation crisis” in psychiatry. Does psychiatry know what it 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