Anthropology of Mental Health: At the Intersections of Transience, ‘Chronicity’ and Recovery (panel; ASA 2016, Durham, 4-7 July 2016)

Paper proposals are now invited for the panel ‘Anthropology of Mental Health: At the Intersections of Transience, “Chronicity” and Recovery’, which will take place at the Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth (ASA) conference, at the University of Durham, 4-7 July 2016. Responding to recent changes in Read more…

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 Read more…

Reviewer needed: ‘African Asylum at a Crossroads: Activism, Expert Testimony, and Refugee Rights’ edited by Iris Berger et al

We are pleased to offer for review ‘African Asylum at a Crossroads: Activism, Expert Testimony, and Refugee Rights’ edited by Iris Berger, Tricia Redeker Hepner, Benjamin N. Lawrence, Joanna T. Tague, and Meredith Terretta (Ohio University Press, 2015). Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. African Asylum at a Crossroads: Read more…

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 Read more…

Pathology or Difference? On the ground rules for defining mental illness – Tim Thornton (IAS Public Lecture, Durham, 25 November)

IAS Fellow’s Public Lecture – Pathology or Difference? On the ground rules for defining mental illness Professor Tim Thornton (University of Central Lancashire) 25th November 2014, 8-9pm Senate Suite, University College (Castle) Unlike other areas of medicine, the basic diagnostic categories of mental healthcare are widely disputed. Revisions to psychiatric taxonomy Read more…

Reviewer needed: ‘Narratives of Art Practice and Mental Wellbeing: Reparation and Connection’ by Olivia Sagan

We are thrilled to offer Olivia Sagan‘s new book ‘Narratives of Art Practice and Mental Wellbeing: Reparation and Connection’ (Routledge, 2015) for review. Expressions of interest are welcome from all angles of the medical humanities, and may be of particular interest to those working at the intersection of art and mental health.  Read more…