Mad Studies Reading Group, Edinburgh

Date: 4-5pm, Tuesday 8th January 2019

Location: Staff Room, Chrystal Macmillan Building (CMB), University of Edinburgh, 15a George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LD.

Academics, activists, or the generally intrigued are welcome to join us for the first meeting of Edinburgh’s Mad Studies Reading Group. ‘Mad Studies’ aims to centre the experiences of people with lived experience of mental distress and to critique dominant theoretical models of mental health and distress in the psy-disciplines (psychiatry, psychology, and related professions). This first reading group meeting will be a chance to brainstorm ideas for a discussion group we would like to roll out in 2019. We’re hoping to create a safe(r) space to discuss theory, literature, culture, and share some of our experiences as researchers, students, and/or people with personal experience of mental distress. We hope for the group to bring in critical thinking of Madness and its intersections, including race, disability, class, sexuality, gender, and colonialism. This space is open to those with little to no knowledge of Mad Studies as well as those who are more familiar with it.

The meeting will take place from 4-5pm on Tuesday 8th January 2019 in the Staff Room, Chrystal Macmillan Building (CMB), The University of Edinburgh, 15a George Square EH8 9LD. There is lift access to the room. There are gender neutral, wheelchair accessible toilets. There is free parking in George Square for Blue Badge holders. If you require any assistance with locating the venue or accessing the room, please let us know. If you’re interested in attending, we kindly ask that you please RSVP so we have a sense of numbers for catering purpose. There will be tea and coffee making facilities, snacks and soft drinks. You can register to attend via the Eventbrite page.

If you’re not able to make the meeting but would like to stay in the loop, please send us an email and we will make a note of your email address and circulate any meeting notes and information regarding future discussion groups.

Prior to meeting, we encourage you to have a closer look at Mad Studies as a discipline, to get us thinking about some of the themes we might like to incorporate in our discussion group. You can access a PDF of the first reading by clicking on the link: “Introducing Mad Studies”, from Mad Matters (2013) by Robert Menzie, Brenda A. LeFrancois, and Geoffrey Reaume. We will focus on pages 1-10.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Sarah at If there is anything we can do to make this or future meetings more accessible, please be in touch.

We hope to hear from you and look forward to meeting with you in January.

Best wishes,
Sarah, Kirsten and Nicole

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