‘CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES ON LEARNING FROM MAD KNOWLEDGE’

15th Annual Critical Perspectives in Mental Health Conference

15th and 16th November 2023

Background

SCHOOL OF APPLIED SOCIAL STUDIES AND SCHOOL OF NURSING AND MIDWIFERY

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK, IRELAND

IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE CRITICAL VOICES NETWORK IRELAND

 

Mad knowledge has been historically invalidated by academic and professional disciplines. Despite the rhetoric of ‘social inclusion’ and ‘co-production’, service users/survivors/Mad people continue to be viewed as non-credible knowers in relation to their own experiences. This is a form of injustice that renders them powerless within the systems that are meant to support them. This year’s conference provides opportunities to consider Mad knowledge and the challenges involved in learning with and from Madness and distress. This conference will consider:

  • The diversity of Mad knowledge
  • The processes that marginalise Mad knowledge
  • Issues of credibility and representation
  • What it means to learn from Mad knowledge
  • The implications of this learning for education and practice systems
  • How we create environments to honour, and nurture Mad knowledge

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Video Presentations of Conference 2023

‘CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES ON LEARNING FROM MAD KNOWLEDGE’

‘Getting In There’ Implications Of Disability Discrimination For Nurturing Mad Knowledge – Dr Sarah Carr & Tina Coldham

Presentation Slides

Mental Learning From Madness Critical Reflections On Education And Activism – Lydia Sapouna

Presentation Slides

Hearing Voices Movement As An Activist Learning Community Questions, Dreams, Limits And Contradictions – Marina Lykovounioti & Lykourgos Karatzaferis

Presentation Document 

Knowing My Mad Knowledge – Owen Toomey

Presentation Slides

Experiential Wisdom A curse or a commodity – Lisa Archibald

Presentation Slides

Keynote Speakers

 (In alphabetical order)

  • Lisa Archibald, Co-Director/ Training Coordinator, Intentional Peer Support and Mad Studies Student, Scotland
  • Sarah Carr, Independent Mental Health and Social Care Knowledge Consultant, Survivor Researcher and ex-Academic, and Tina Coldham, Mental Health User Consultant, Trainer & Researcher, England
  • Owen Ó Tuama, Voice-hearer, Psych-Survivor, Peer Specialist, Gardener, Musician, Barman, Amateur Natural Historian, NW Ireland, Borderlands
  • Lykourgos Karatzaferis, Psychiatrist, co-founder of the Hearing Voices Network Athens, and another speaker to be confirmed, Greece
  • Lydia Sapouna, Lecturer, School of Applied Social Studies, University College Cork, co-founder of the Critical Voices Network, Ireland

Conference Organisers

Lydia Sapouna, School of Applied Social Studies and Harry Gijbels, School of Nursing and Midwifery (retired), Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork, Ireland.

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