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

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…

The Cultural History of Exhaustion – Review

This review of the Exhaustion conference appeared on the fantastic Sleep Cultures blog: “On 25 October 2013, the University of Kent hosted a one-day interdisciplinary conference on exhaustion, organized by Anna Katharina Schaffner (Comparative Literature, Kent) and funded by the Wellcome Trust, that brought together scholars from the arts, medicine, sociology, psychology, literary studies and 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…

Book Announcement: Towards a Pre-Modern Psychiatry

Jenifer Booth writes: Psychiatry is a field where a lot of attention is focussed on scientific knowledge and scientific solutions. But how does this emphasis on science relate to the caring practice of medicine? In my book Towards a Pre-Modern Psychiatry, I address this question by applying a version of virtue ethics and pre-modern knowledge Read the full article…