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Book Reading with Dolores Brandon

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pic 1The Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre is pleased to invite you to join us on Tuesday, October 25that 7 PM in the Student Welcome and Resource Centre when author Dolores Brandon will perform a reading and provide reflections on her memoir The Root Is Bitter, The Root Is Sweet: In the Shadow of Madness.

Brandon’s non-traditional memoir artfully blends poetry, prose, and family photographs to reflect on how mental illness has affected her family and bears witness to the complexity and beauty of their endurance.

Her father was diagnosed with manic-depressive disorder in the 1950s and 60s and was a patient at the Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital in what is now Etobicoke, Ontario. Brandon, the eldest of three daughters, describes her childhood against the backdrop of her father’s violent rages, along with the turbulent mix of love and fear that her family felt for him and how it shaped their lives.

As she tells her own story, she also draws a parallel between the inner workings of domestic violence, misogyny, racism, and religious intolerance, and the shadow of illness and instability that haunted her own family.

With her father’s failing health it became apparent that both his legacy and the legacy of his illness would continue to be a presence in the life of her family long after he was gone.

pic 2Reception to follow

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

Event begins at 7 PM

Hosted by the Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre

Student Welcome and Centre

2 Colonel Samuel Smith Dr.

Etobicoke, ON M8V 4B6

416-675-6622 x 3801

Please RSVP at http://doloresbrandon.eventbrite.ca/

Mise à jour le Vendredi, 30 Septembre 2016 15:01

New Book Release: Kay Parley. Inside the Mental: Silence, Stigma, Psychiatry, and LSD

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"A revelatory account of the importance that psychiatric treatment and research from the 1950s has for mental health today." Jean Freeman, author of Fists Upon a Star

Before she became a psychiatric nurse at "The Mental" in the 1950s, Kay Parley was a patient there, as were the father she barely remembered and the grandfather she'd never met. Part memoir, part history, and beautifully written, Inside The Mental offers an episodic journey into the stigma, horror, and redemption that she found within the institution's walls.

Now in her nineties, Parley looks back at the emerging use of group therapy, the advent of patients' rights, evolving ethics in psychiatry, and the amazing cast of characters she met there.

She also reveals her role in groundbreaking experiments with LSD, pioneered by the world's leading researchers at "The Mental" to treat addiction and mental illness.

Table of Contents

Toppling a Monument—9
The Nameless Threats—15
Psychiatric Patient—19
Christmas Comes to The Mental—29
Meeting Grandpa—45
The Torch—57
The Glass of Truth—63
Psychiatric Nurse—79
An Afternoon in the Sun—117
Night of the Red Rug—133
Supporting the Patient on LSD Day—155
The Weyburn That Was—165
About the Author—181

Kay Parley. Inside the Mental: Silence, Stigma, Psychiatry, and LSD
University of Regina Press
ISBN: 9780889774117
Year: 2016
Pages: 158
Binding: Casebound with dust jacket

Chiara Thumiger. Stories and Histories of Mental Health: Ancient World to Contemporary

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Historian of medicine Chiara Thumiger has begun a new blog examining the stories and histories of mental health from the ancient world to contemporary times. She is the author of numerous articles on the history of madness in the ancient world, and her new monograph – a study of mental life and mental disorders in fifth- and early fourth-century medical thought – will soon be published by Cambridge University Press.

Dr. Thumiger is presently Research Fellow at Warwick University, where she holds a Wellcome Trust grant in Medical Humanities and is collaborating with experts in the Department of Classics in ancient Greek and Arabic medicine.

The blog promises to offer a number of resources for historians of madness and mental health. One especially novel example – an ancient medical diseases symptom checker. Just fill out an assessment test, and find out how an ancient physician might diagnose your patient.

Click on:  http://chiara-thumiger.net/


2016 Cheiron Book Prize: Susan D. Lamb's Pathologist of the Mind

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Susan D. Lamb, Jason A. Hannah Chair, History of Medicine, Department of Innovation in Medical Education, University of Ottawa has been awarded the 2016 Cheiron Book Prize for her publication Pathologist of the Mind: Adolf Meyer and the Origins of American Psychiatry (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014). Here is a brief synopsis of the work:

"During the first half of the twentieth century, Adolf Meyer was the most authoritative and influential psychiatrist in the United States. In 1908, when the Johns Hopkins Hospital established the first American university clinic devoted to psychiatry—still a nascent medical specialty at the time—Meyer was selected to oversee the enterprise. The Henry Phipps Psychiatric Clinic opened in 1913, and Meyer served as psychiatrist-in-chief at the hospital until 1941.

In Pathologist of the Mind, S. D. Lamb explores how Meyer used his powerful position to establish psychiatry as a clinical science that operated like the other academic disciplines at the country’s foremost medical school. In addition to successfully arguing for a scientific and biological approach to mental illness, Meyer held extraordinary sway over state policies regarding the certification of psychiatrists. He also trained hundreds of specialists who ultimately occupied leadership positions and made significant contributions in psychiatry, neurology, experimental psychology, social work, and public health.

Although historians have long recognized Meyer’s authority, his concepts and methods have never before received a systematic historical analysis. His convoluted theory of “psychobiology,” along with his notoriously ineffective attempts to explain it in print, continue to baffle many clinicians. Pathologist of the Mind aims to rediscover Meyerian psychiatry by eavesdropping on Meyer’s informal and private conversations with his patients and colleagues. Weaving together private correspondence and uniquely detailed case histories, Lamb examines Meyer’s efforts to institute a clinical science of psychiatry in the United States—one that harmonized the expectations of scientific medicine with his concept of the person as a biological organism and mental illness as an adaptive failure. The first historian ever granted access to these exceptional medical records, Lamb offers a compelling new perspective on the integral but misunderstood legacy of Adolf Meyer."


Leilani Marietta (O'Malley) Muir, 1944 - 2016

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On March 12th, 2016, sterilization survivor, human rights advocate, public speaker and author Leilani Muir passed away at her home in Devon, Alberta, Canada. She was 72 years old.

Subjected to a sexual sterilization in 1959 at the age of 15, while confined as an alleged 'mentally subnormal' inmate of the Provincial Training Centre in Red Deer, Alberta, Muir later launched a successful litigation against the provincial government for wrongful sterilization. On January 25th, 1996, Madame Justice Joanne B. Veit ruled in favour of Muir and awarded her $740,780 in damages plus $230,000 for legal costs. In the aftermath of that trial, the Alberta government issued an apology for the eugenic sterilization of more than 2800 people between 1928 and 1972. In an out-of-court settlement, some $140 million in damages were disbursed to surviving sterilization victims throughout the province.

In 1996 the documentary The Sterilization of Leilani Muir, directed by Glynis Whiting and distributed by the National Film Board, chronicled Leilani Muir's story in the wider context of the 20th century eugenics movement and the systemic abuse of intellectually disabled citizens. See: http://onf-nfb.gc.ca/en/our-collection/?idfilm=33077. Muir's autobiography, A Whisper Past: Childless After Eugenic Sterilization, was released by Friesen Press in 2015: http://www.friesenpress.com/bookstore/title/119734000013125148/Leilani-Muir-A-Whisper-Past

Here is the link to Leilani Muir's personal website: http://leilanimuir.ca/

Gillian Steward's observations on Leilani Muir's passing, published in the Toronto Star on March 22nd, 2016 , can be accessed here: http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2016/03/22/the-lessons-of-a-human-rights-warrior-steward.html

To view the University of Alberta Living Archives' feature on Leilani Muir, click on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5Lp9Ga3HY4


'Psy-Ences' Colloquium

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Perspectives historiques et philosophiques sur la classification dans les disciplines « psy »

Historical and philosophical perspectives on classification in the “psy” disciplines

Quelle place occupent les dispositifs de classification dans le champ des sciences psy? En réunissant des chercheurs de disciplines diverses, cette journée d’étude bilingue visera à apporter des analyses novatrices afin de cerner le rôle controversé qu’occupent ces procédés nosologiques dans les pratiques scientifiques ainsi que dans les représentations et discours contemporains.

Colloque organisé par Alexandra BACOPOULOS-VIAU et Vincent GUILLIN

Conférencier invité (Keynote) : Edward SHORTER (University of Toronto)


KEYNOTE – Edward Shorter (Toronto): “The History of the Classification of Affective Disorders”

Scott Phelps (McGill) – “Seeing Ourselves, Darkly: The Awareness of Illness and Illness of Awareness”

Vincent Guillin (UQAM) – “Ethology ‘à la française’: the Intriguing Reception of J. S. Mill’s Science of Character among French fin de siècle psychologists”

Kathryn Tabb (Columbia) – “From ‘Personalized’ to ‘Precision’ Psychiatry: What’s in a Name?”

Alexandra Bacopoulos-Viau (McGill) – “The Re-Discovery of the Unconscious: Pierre Janet, Self and Trauma from 1900 to the Present”

Luc Faucher (UQAM) – “A ROAMER with a View”

Stephanie Lloyd (Laval) – Commentaires de clôture et discussion générale

QUAND : 22 avril 2016

OÙ : Université du Québec à Montréal
Pavillon Thérèse-Casgrain
455, boul. René-Lévesque Est, H2L 4Y2
Salle W-5215

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Français : http://www.cirst.uqam.ca/fr-ca/activit%C3%A9s/colloquepsyences.aspx

English: http://www.cirst.uqam.ca/en-us/activities/colloquiumpsyences.aspx


Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre

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Set to open in 2016, the Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre will be a part of Humber College's new Welcome Centre at the corner of Lake Shore Blvd. W. and Kipling Ave. in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 

Through arts, culture, and storytelling, the Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre will be a space of harmony and knowledge around themes of education, mental health, Aboriginal history, environmental sustainability, and civic engagement.

This free public space will interpret the campus' natural and built history. It will include interactive activities, archival materials, and contemporary art.

For further information on the Centre, including on-line exhibitions on Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital and Transformation of the Cottages, please visit the project website at: http://www.lakeshoregrounds.ca/

An article about the project is published in the periodical Humber Today at:


For more on the history of Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital, see:



INTAR India 2016

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in Partnership with Bapu Trust for Research on Mind & Discourse, are Hosting Their International Conference:

‘Trans-Cultural Dialogues about Mental Health, Extreme states and Alternatives for recovery’

26 – 28 November 2016 – PUNE, INDIA


The conference will provide a space for critical dialogue and interaction representing South, East, West & Northern perspectives under the following themes:

  • Crisis/Existential Experiencing
  • Cultural Experiencing and Responses
  • Peers/Grass Roots Support/Survivors 

Plenary topics and workshop explorations include:

Body Therapy – Global Mental Health – Human Rights – Open Dialogue – Peer Houses – Peer Support – Performance/Film/Art – Posters – Systemic Family Constellations – Trialogue – Voice Hearing 

Many speakers & Activists have already confirmed, such as:

Michaela Amering – Richard Bentall – Pat Bracken – Liz Brosnan – Bhargavi Davar – Elena Demke – Sabine Dick – Jacqui Dillon – Will Hall – Gabor Gombos – Chris Hansen – Laurence Kirmayer – Líam Mac Gabhann – Paddy McGowan – Brian McKinnon – Sherry Mead – China Mills – Marianne Schulze – Peter Stastny – Phil Thomas – Bob Whitaker – Michael Winkelman.

For more information on conference as it becomes available check online at www.INTAR.org

Or contact: Bhargavi Davar, Center for Advocacy in Mental Health, Bapu Trust for Research on Mind & Discourse, Pune, India.

Blog: http://camhjournal.com

Website: www.baputrust.org

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Phone: 0091-20-652224420091-20-65222442 – (Mobile): 91-20-2644198991-20-26441989


Submit short abstract (no more than 250 words) of your proposed contribution to Cette adresse email est protégée contre les robots des spammeurs, vous devez activer Javascript pour la voir.


NARPA Conference 2016

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August 25 – 28, 2016

Keynote Speaker: Robert Whitaker, Author of Mad In America and Anatomy of an Epidemic

Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort
Phoenix, Arizona

The National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy (NARPA) is seeking proposals which address strategies, ideas, programs, and emerging practices that support and promote NARPA’s mission and commitment to individual rights, liberty, freedom, and dignity.


Rights Issues
Veterans Issues
Legal Strategies
Cultural Competence
Alternatives to the Medical Model
Prison Issues
Strategies Against Forced Treatment
Informed Consent
Trauma and Healing
Seclusion and Restraint
Innovative Strategies for Change
Public Policy/Legislation
Community Organizing
Children’s Issues

The incorporation of diversity and multicultural perspectives into presentations is encouraged. Workshops are approximately 90 minutes. Social Work CEUs and Continuing Legal Education units are planned.

Deadline March 15, 2016. Selected presenters will be notified via e-mail by April 1, 2016.

The Application for Workshops given below will also be posted at www.narpa.org.

For more information, contact NARPA at mailto: Cette adresse email est protégée contre les robots des spammeurs, vous devez activer Javascript pour la voir. or 256.650.6311.

Mail proposals to NARPA, P.O. Box 855, Huntsville, AL 35804 or e-mail to Cette adresse email est protégée contre les robots des spammeurs, vous devez activer Javascript pour la voir. .


Call for Presentations: Madness 9th Global Meeting

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The Making Sense Of: Madness Project

Sunday 10th July – Tuesday 12th July 2016
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

Call for Presentations:
Madness: What is it? Why does it exist? Where and when does it happen? How does it happen, and to whom? Like the relation between otherness and identity, madness might have always been used to define its opposite, or defined by what it is not. Madness and its absence may even be intrinsically linked to everything we do and do not, to all we aspire and escape from; it could be part of our origins and fate. But how can it be identified, described, studied and/or treated? We propose to take an interdisciplinary approach, by which we mean one that allows us to develop dialogues about the subject from different points of view, from and between different disciplines and experiences. This will partly allow us to answer the questions above, in direct relation to the specific contexts in which madness is observed, studied and/or experienced and, it is desirable, it might also allow us all to understand that, just by being humans, none of us is actually immune to it.

This international, inter-disciplinary conference seeks to explore issues of madness across historical periods and within cultural, political and social contexts. We are interested as well in exploring the place of madness in persons and interpersonal relationships and across a range of critical perspectives. Seeking to encourage innovative inter, multi and post disciplinary dialogues, we warmly welcome papers from all disciplines, professions and vocations which struggle to understand the place of madness in the constitution of persons, relationships and the complex interlacing of self and other. In the seven previous conferences we had the participation of people who have experienced forms of madness in their personal lives, and their presentations have always been not only welcome, but also moving and illuminating for all. Such contributions based on the actual experience of madness from within have been an essential part of our conferences and this year we encourage again the submission of abstracts based on first-hand experience. Our conferences have also been increasingly enriched by the participation of artists and performers, introducing more fluid and malleable spheres and scenes within our interactions. This year we also wish to encourage and expand this by inviting delegates to submit proposals for exhibitions, performances and interventions.

In particular papers, workshops, presentations, performances and exhibitions are invited on any of the following themes:

1. The Value of Madness or Why is it that We Need Madness?:
~ Critical explorations: beyond madness/sanity/insanity
~ Continuity and difference: always with us yet never quite the same
~ Repetition and novelty: the incessant emergence and re-emergence of
~ Naming, defining and understanding the elusive
~ The unreachable and untouchable knowledge of madness
~ Learning from madness how to cope with reality
~ Madness as genius, outstanding, out of the ordinary,
~ Mad passion and love as a remaking of life and self
~ Love, intimacy, care and the small spaces of madness

2. The Boundaries of Madness or Resisting Normality:
~ Madness, sanity and the insane
~ Being out of your mind, crazy, deranged … yet, perfectly sane
~ Deviating from the normal; defining the self against the normal
~ When the insane becomes normal; when evil reins social life
~ I would rather vomit, thank you; revulsion, badness and refusing to
~ What is real? Who defines reality?
~ The insanity of not loving madness
~ Critical and ethical implosions of normality and normalness; sane in
insane places and insane in sane places

3. The Invention of Madness I: Historical, Sociological and
Institutional Perspectives:
~ The science of madness
~ Medicine, psychiatry, psychology, law and the constructions of
madness; madness as illness
~ Contributions of the social sciences to the making and the critique of
the making of madness
~ The social allure and fear of madness; the institutions of confining
mad people
~ Servicing normality by castigating the insane and marginalizing lunatics
~ Cultural and social constructions of madness; images of the mad,
crazy, insane, lunatic, abnormal
~ Gender and madness; the feminine and the masculine

4. The Invention of Madness II: The Contribution of the Arts:
~ The art of madness
~ Representations, explanations and the critique of madness from the
humanities and the arts
~ Music, painting, dance, theatre: is it crazy to think of madness
without performance?
~ Madness and humour, how are they related? can manic laughter be
considered a form of humour? which is funnier (if funny at all)
laughing until crying or the opposite? why or how do some comedians use
their performances as a way of exploring their own madness, or how do they use their own madness as material?
~ Literature and madness
~ The language and communication of madness: who can translate?
~ Creation as an unfolding of madness; Madness as an unfolding of

5. The Allures and Perils of Madness:
~ Love as madness; uncontrollable passion; unrestrainable love
~ Recognising madness in oneself; relativising madness in others
~ Metaphors of feeling free, unrestrained, capable, lifted from reality
~ Madness as clear-sightedness, as opening up possibilities, as
re-visioning of the world
~ The future, the prophetic, the unknown; the epic, the heroic and the
~ Profound attraction and desire; fear of the abyss and the radical unknown
~ Control, self-control and the pull of the abyss

Call for Cross-Over Presentations
The Madness project will be meeting at the same time as a project on Persons and Sexualities and another project on Storytelling. We welcome submissions which cross the divide between project areas. If you would like to be considered for a cross project session, please mark your submission “Crossover Submission”.

What to Send
300 word abstracts, proposals and other forms of contribution should be submitted by Friday 26th February 2016.
All submissions be minimally double reviewed, under anonymous (blind) conditions, by a global panel drawn from members of the Project Team and the Advisory Board. In practice our procedures usually entail that by the time a proposal is accepted, it will have been triple and quadruple reviewed.

You will be notified of the panel’s decision by Friday 11th March 2016.
If your submission is accepted for the conference, a full draft of your contribution should be submitted by Friday 3rd June 2016.

Abstracts may be in Word, RTF or Notepad formats with the following information and in this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in programme, c) email address, d) title of proposal, e) body of proposal, f) up to 10 keywords.
E-mails should be entitled: Madness Abstract Submission

Where to Send
Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to the Organising Chairs with listed emails:

Organising Chairs:
Katarzyna Szmigiero: Cette adresse email est protégée contre les robots des spammeurs, vous devez activer Javascript pour la voir.
Rob Fisher
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This event is an inclusive interdisciplinary research and publishing project. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting.

A number of eBooks and paperback volumes have already emerged from the work of this project. All papers accepted for and presented at the conference must be in English and will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook.  Selected papers may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s). All publications from the conference will require editors, to be chosen from interested delegates from the conference.

Inter-Disciplinary.Net believes it is a mark of personal courtesy and professional respect to your colleagues that all delegates should attend for the full duration of the meeting. If you are unable to make this commitment, please do not submit an abstract for presentation. Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.

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