Talking to ourselves?

Following on from the Alternative Psychiatric Narratives conference in May, we are pleased to announce a roundtable to discuss what historians can contribute to current mental health debates, followed by the launch of a book by one of our speakers, Louise Hide.

From the early 19th century, poverty, social isolation, stress and aging have been powerful social forces that contributed to mental breakdown and the mass confinement of people in institutions such as asylums and prisons. Over two centuries, stigma has been pervasive, service funding inadequate, and different human behaviours pathologised.

All are invited to this event on 23 September 2014 to discuss how academics, service users and clinicians can share their experiences and knowledge to bring new perspectives to our understanding of mental health issues, past and present.

Round-table speakers:
Hilary Marland (Professor of History, Warwick),
Rhodri Hayward (Senior Lecturer, Queen Mary, University of London),
Diana Rose (Professor of User-Led Research, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s)
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This will be followed by a drinks reception to celebrate the launch of:

Gender and Class in English Asylums, 1890-1914
Louise Hide

Gender and Class in English Asylums book cover

Date: 23 September 2014
Round-table discussion: 5.30- 6.45pm
Drinks reception: 6.45 – 9pm
Venue: The Keynes Library, School of Arts, Birkbeck, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD
Free to attend, but please register in advance at: