Mad Studies stream, Lancaster Disability Studies Conference - C4P

Lancaster Disability Studies conference: 6th-8th September, 2016

This conference brings together researchers, practitioners, policy makers and activists from around the world, to share and debate research, ideas and developments in disability studies.

2016 will see the second Mad Studies stream convened by Peter Beresford and Brigit McWade.

Since the publication of Mad Matters: A Critical Reader in Canadian Mad Studies(edited by Brenda A. LeFrançois, Robert Menzies and Geoffrey Reaume) in 2013, Mad Studies has been gaining a higher profile internationally. In 2014, we convened the first Mad Studies stream at Lancaster Disability Studies Conference which brought both established figures in the field and those who wanted to know more together. As a result of this event, an International Mad Studies Network was established and has continued to develop and accrue members ever since.

During the last two years, there have been several events exploring what Mad Studies means, what it might entail in practice in the UK, and what it might offer us in terms of critical scholarship and activism in the field of madness and disability. We hope that this stream will offer further opportunities for discussion, connection, and debate, as well as the possibility of continued collective work.

We welcome presentations on any topic. However, for example, presentations might address the following themes/issues:

  • Making/doing Mad Studies
  • Mad Studies in relation to Disability Studies
  • Mad Studies, identity politics and intersectionality
  • Madness and distress in a global age
  • The politics of diagnoses and treatments
  • Neoliberalism, austerity and welfare reform
  • Criminalisation, policing and forensic services
  • Violence, hate-crime and death
  • Social policy and legislation
  • Human rights and social justice
  • Activism, alliances, dissent
  • Mad people’s history
  • Mad media, culture, arts, and language

Traditional academic presentations should be 20 minutes long, please get in touch with Brigit (b.mcwade ‘at’ lancaster.ac.uk) if you have ideas for a different kind of contribution (such as a film screening, for example). Visit the conference website for details on how to submit your abstract: http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/disabilityconference/call.htm

Deadline for abstract submissions: 31st March 2016

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