An International and Interdisciplinary Conference

Hosted by the Centre for Health Histories and Mental Health Nursing, University of Huddersfield
September 15th and 16th 2016

In the thirty years since Roy Porter called on historians to lower their gaze so that they might better understand patient-doctor roles in the past, historians have sought to place the voices of previously, silent, marginalised and disenfranchised individuals at the heart of their analyses. Contemporaneously, the development of service user groups and patient consultations have become an important feature of the debates and planning related to current approaches to prevention, care and treatment. The aim of this conference is to further explore and reveal how the voices of those living with and treating mental illness have been recorded and expressed. Over the course of the conference we will consider recent developments in these areas with a view to facilitating an interdisciplinary discourse around historical perspectives of mental health and illness.

Featuring Keynote addresses from:

Prof. Catharine Coleborne (University of Newcastle, Australia), ‘Talk, Dissent, Silence: Narrating Madness in the Twentieth Century’.

Dr. Tommy Dickinson (University of Manchester), ‘“Curing Queers”: Mental Nurses and the Patients, 1935-1974’.

To view the programme and book your place at this innovative conference visit:


The cost of registration covers entry to the conference, refreshments, lunch on both days, and attendance at the conference dinner (subject to availability).

For updates follow us on twitter @voicesofmad2016 and join the conversation #voicesofmad2016. For more information contact Dr Steven Taylor (s.taylor@hud.ac.uk) Dr Rob Ellis (r.ellis@hud.ac.uk) or Dr Sarah Kendal (s.kendal@hud.ac.uk).

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