Psychiatric Narratives Workshop – Cardiff

cardiffPsychiatric Narratives Workshop
Glamorgan Archives, Cardiff, 23 November, 13.00 – 17.00

Organized as part of CISSMI’s “Off Sick” programme of events, the workshop explores the different types of illness narration through an examination of psychiatric narratives and the problems of uncovering the patient’s voice in psychiatric institutions. Uncovering these voices has often proved problematic, and the workshop seeks to explore institutional psychiatric care from the inside out. The workshop features a series of papers by historians and clinicians on problems of evidence and the ways in which they have used psychiatric case notes and fiction to understand the experiences of psychiatric patients and the nature of psychiatric institutions.

13.00 – 14.00 Registration and Lunch
14.00 – 14.15 Introduction
14.15 – 15.00 Pamela Michael (Bangor): “Patients, Imagination and Welsh
15.00 – 15.45 Peter Barham (Oxford): “In pursuit of the imperial
lunatic, c.1860-1940: some problems of evidence”
15.45 – 16.15 Coffee
16.15 – 17.00 Rhys Thomas (Swansea): “Clinicians and case notes: the modern
17.00 – 17.15 Closing Discussion

Funded by the Wellcome Trust, the workshop will be held at the Glamorgan
Archive (Cardiff) on Wednesday 23rd November 2011. Although a free event, to
register please contact Dr Keir Waddington (

Details of where to find the Glamorgan Archives can be found here.

Further details can be found here.

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