An interdisciplinary collaboration between the Faculties of Arts and Medicine & Health at the University of Leeds
Deinstitutionalisation and After: Post-War Psychiatry in Global Perspective
Glasgow, UK, 9-10 May 2013
Submissions deadline: 31 January 2013
Despite the popularity of the history of psychiatry, and twentieth-century psychiatry in particular, little attention has been paid to the history of deinstitutionalisation. Much of the research remains focused on psychiatric hospitals, although the proliferation of institutional forms of mental health care was among the key transformations in 20th-century psychiatry. This conference seeks to redress this imbalance in the historiography of psychiatry by addressing the broader historical context of deinstitutionalisation and how psychiatry and understandings of mental illness changed as a result.
The conference welcomes proposals for papers (20 minutes) from a broad range of disciplines, such as history, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, psychology and psychiatry. It aims to gather scholars who are working on different national contexts or who adopt a transnational or comparative perspective.
Issues that could be addressed might include…
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