We’re delighted to share the summary programme (pdf) for the conference.  A more detailed programme is also available, including abstracts and biographies (pdf). Please note that copies of these will be available to attendees, so there is no need to print them out!

Friday 16 May 2014, Deller Hall, Senate House (please click here for directions)

12.30-13.00 Registration

13.00-13.15 Housekeeping; welcome from Joanna Bourke

13.15-14.00 Opening lecture from Mathew Thomson:
‘The World of Tom Malden: Reflections on the History of the Alternative Psychiatric Narrative’.

14.00-15.30 Panel 1: Uncovering alternative stories, chaired by Claire Sewell
Tommy Dickinson: Living and Working on the Fringe: The Hidden History of Gay Life in Mental Hospitals in the Mid-Twentieth Century

Anna Harpin: A Theatrical Hospital: Broadmoor Performed

Jenny Walke: Mansions in the Orchard: from Bedlam to Bethlem

15.30-16.00 Coffee break

16.00-18.00 Panel 2, chaired by Daniel Pick. Panel 2a: Re-examining medical theories
Victoria Bates and Chris Millard: Paediatrics or Psychiatry? Alternative Narratives of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy

Rebecca Wynter: Rewriting the Psychiatric Whodunnit: Doctors, Scientists and Suspicious Sinuses

Panel 2b: ….and reconsidering archives and sources
Aude Fauvel: Writing against Psychiatry: Hector Malot, the Patients’ Voice and the “Asylum Novels” in 19th century France

Anna Sexton and Dolly Sen: Two Perspectives on Creating the Mental Health Recovery Archive

18.00-19.00 Drinks reception, followed by conference dinner nearby


Saturday 17 May 2014, Deller Hall, Senate House (room open from 9.30am)

10.00-11.30 Panel 3: Reading psychiatric narratives, chaired by Sarah Chaney
Zsófia Demjén: Drowning in Negativism, Self-Hate, Doubt, Madness: Linguistic Insights into Sylvia Plath’s Experience of Depression

Ali Hutchinson: The Language of “Madness” and the “Madness” of Language: The Politics of Discourse

Olivia Vazquez-Medina: Cristina Rivera Garza and the Narratives from the General Insane Asylum in Early 20th Century Mexico

11.30-12.00 Coffee break

12.00-13.30 Panel 4: Revisiting the asylum, chaired by Hilary Marland
Louise Hide: Life on the ‘Refractory Ward’: Cultures of Violence in London’s Asylums, c. 1900

Jessie Hewitt: Family Life without the Family: Private Asylum Psychiatry in Nineteenth-Century France

Katherine Fennelly: A Great-coat, a Gardener and a Rebel’s Account: Irish Lunatic Asylum Lodges and their Keepers, 1825-1850

13.30-14.30 Lunch break (NB lunch not provided)

14.30-16.00 Panel 5: Expressing experience, chaired by Jennifer Wallis
Nicole Baur and Natasha Lushetich: Temporal Maps and the Production of Inscapes in Psychiatric Institutions 1940s – 2010s

Agnieszka Komorowska: Psychiatric Narratives as Alternative Narratives of Contemporary Algeria: Mental Disorder and National Trauma in Malek Bensmaïl’s Documentary Aliénations

Maren Scheurer: Graphic Analysis: Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home and Are You My Mother?

16.00-16.15 Short break

16.15-17.30 Roundtable discussion chaired by Joanna Bourke
Discussants: Simon Cross, Jacqui Dillon, Diana Rose, Barbara Taylor


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