Introducing our speakers

We feel very privileged and excited to have some amazing keynote and roundtable speakers participating in Alternative Psychiatric Narratives:

Mathew Thomson is a Reader in History at the University of Warwick, and author of Lost Freedom: The Landscape of the Child and the British Post-War Settlement (2013), Psychological Subjects: Identity, Culture and Health in Twentieth-Century Britain (2006) and The Problem of Mental Deficiency: Eugenics, Democracy and Social Policy in Britain, 1870-1959 (1998). He is also the Acting Director for the Centre for the History of Medicine at Warwick.

Barbara Taylor, a professor at QMUL Schools of History, and English & Drama, has published on a wide range of topics, from feminist theory and history to enlightenment studies. She is the chair of the long-running Institute of Historical Research seminar series on ‘Psychoanalysis and History’. Most recently, Professor Taylor has been working on her book The Last Asylum: A memoir of madness in our time, a personal history of the mental health care in the late twentieth century, set against the wider story of the end of the UK asylum system. You can read more about it on a Wellcome Trust blog here.

Jacqui Dillon, national Chair of the Hearing Voices Network in England and a key figure in the Hearing Voices Movement internationally, is a writer, campaigner, international speaker and trainer. She has personal and professional experience, awareness and skills in working with trauma and abuse, dissociation, ‘psychosis’, hearing voices, healing and recovery. Jacqui has written numerous articles and co-authored several books, including Living with Voices, an anthology of 50 voice hearers’ stories of recovery, and Models of Madness: Psychological, Social and Biological Approaches to Psychosis. She is on Twitter @JacquiDillon

Simon Cross is a Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at Nottingham Trent University. He is the author of Mediating Madness: Mental Distress and Cultural Representation. (2010), and researches  the media and areas of sensitive public policy as well as representations of mental distress.

We’re delighted that Mathew, Barbara, Jacqui and Simon have all agreed to participate in our conference and share their ideas, their research and their experiences. Don’t forget that if you’d like to join them, our call for postgraduate and early career research paper proposals is open until 3 March!


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