‘CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES ON LEARNING FROM MAD KNOWLEDGE’
15th Annual Critical Perspectives in Mental Health Conference
15th and 16th November 2023
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
Registration details will be circulated in late September 2023.
Keynote Speakers Confirmed to Date
(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
- Eoin Gorman, Lecturer and Programme Director, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University College Cork, Ireland
- 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
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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