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, and a source of artistic Read the full article…

‘The Man Who Closed the Asylums: Franco Basaglia and the Revolution in Mental Health Care’ reviewed by Dr Lisa Dikomitis

‘The Man Who Closed the Asylums: Franco Basaglia and the Revolution in Mental Health Care’ by John Foot (Verso, 2015). Central to this book is an intriguing figure of Italy’s recent history, Franco Basaglia — ‘the man who closed the asylums’— and his movement that eventually led to the Italian ‘180 Law’ (the ‘Basaglia Law’) Read the full article…

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…

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

Deadline for proposals is fast approaching: Deadline: Dec. 1, 2015 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 Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘The Man Who Closed the Asylums: Franco Basaglia and the Revolution in Mental Health Care’ by John Foot

We are pleased to offer for review ‘The man who closed down the asylums: Franco Basaglia and the revolution in mental health care’ (Verso Books, 2015). Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. When the wind of the 1960s blew through the world of psychiatry. In 1961, when Franco Basaglia arrived outside the grim walls 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…