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New book – Managing Madness Weyburn Mental Hospital and the Transformation of Psychiatric Care in Canada



The book Managing Madness.Weyburn Mental Hospital and the Transformation of Psychiatric Care in Canada by Erika Dyck and Alex Deighton that could be of interest to H-Madness readers. The abstract reads:

The Saskatchewan Mental Hospital at Weyburn has played a significant role in the history of psychiatric services, mental health research, and community care in Canada. Its history provides a window to the changing nature of mental health services over the twentieth century.

Built in 1921, the Saskatchewan Mental Hospital was billed as the last asylum in North America and the largest facility of its kind in the British Commonwealth. A decade later, the Canadian Committee for Mental Hygiene cited it as one of the worst institutions in the country, largely due to extreme overcrowding. In the 1950s, the Saskatchewan Mental Hospital again attracted international attention for engaging in controversial therapeutic interventions, including treatments using LSD.

In the 1960s, sweeping health care reforms took hold in the province and mental health institutions underwent dramatic changes as they began moving patients into communities. As the patient and staff population shrank, the once palatial building fell into disrepair, the asylum’s expansive farmland fell out of cultivation, and mental health services folded into a complicated web of social and correctional services.

Managing Madness examines the Weyburn mental hospital, the people it housed, struggled to understand, help, or even tried to change, and the ever-shifting understanding of mental health.


Historical Timeline of Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)


The historical timeline of the CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) in Toronto, Canada may be of interest to H-Madness readers. It gives an overview of important events in the Centres history: beginning with the opening of the Provincial Lunatic Asylum in 1850 and ending in the present detailing the ongoing redevelopment of the Center.

— This information was retrieved from the blog Advances in the History of Psychology.




New article – Alexandre Klein, De la scientificité de la psychiatrie francophone. Unité linguistique et continuité historique des représentations de la santé mentale au Québec entre 1948 et 1960


The first 2017 issue of Histoire, Économie & Société includes at least one article that may be of interest to h-madness readers. Alexandre Klein, ‘De la scientificité de la psychiatrie francophone. Unité linguistique et continuité historique des représentations de la santé mentale au Québec entre 1948 et 1960‘. The abstract reads:

Contre une tradition historiographique qui sépare les psychiatries québécoises anglophone et francophone pour mieux affirmer le retard scientifique et thérapeutique de cette dernière, cet article s’attache à démontrer la scientificité des recherches psychiatriques francophones dans le Québec des années 1950. Pour ce faire, il analyse un corpus d’articles de psychiatres québécois francophones publiés dans différentes revues médicales canadiennes entre 1948 et 1960, afin de mettre en lumière la continuité et l’unité de l’histoire de la santé mentale dans cette province canadienne.


Call for Papers – Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science


The Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science (CSHPS) is inviting scholars working on the history or the philosophy of science to submit abstracts for individual papers or proposals for sessions. The Society’s annual conference is part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences meeting in Calgary, Alberta, and will be held between May 28-30, 2016. The deadline for submitting the abstract is January 15, 2016. For more information, please visit

Dissertations – Surviving Success, Reconciling Resilience

Demolition of King’s College Residence, 1886. This figure illustrates the ‘original’ building of what is now referred to as the University Toronto. The building was completed in 1845 and demolished in 1886 following a period as an asylum. (University of Toronto Archives 2001-77-11MS)

Demolition of King’s College Residence, 1886. (University of Toronto Archives 2001-77-11MS) This figure illustrates the ‘original’ building of what is now referred to as the University Toronto. The building was completed in 1845 and demolished in 1886 following a period as an asylum.

Katie Aubrecht: Surviving Success, Reconciling Resilience: A Critical Analysis of the Appearance of Student ‘Mental Life’ at one Canadian University

This dissertation addresses the university student as a figure of mental health and illness. Drawing on the methods and theories of disability studies, interpretive sociology, critical, feminist and queer theory, as well as hermeneutically oriented phenomenology, my work explores the social production of this student figure or type – variously depicted as ‘ invisible’, ‘maladjusted’, ‘stressed’, ‘difficult’, sensitive’, ‘resilient’, ‘narcissistic’, and extraordinarily ‘ordinary’. This figure is addressed as a means of revealing contradictory understandings of the relationship between success and survival, as this relationship appears in the ordinary daily life of the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The social and historical significance of the contemporary University’s Student Life Programs and Services is analyzed with a view to reveal the Western cultural values and practices which organize consciousness of success as a necessary condition of contemporary existence. Special attention is paid to the cultural production of knowledge concerning university student ‘mental life’, the appearance of which is located at the interstices of colonialism, global health policy, institutional ‘best practices’, cultural mores and folkways, and embodied experiences. I dwell with this appearance as an occasion to engage the materiality of Western mythologies of resilience, and with them the meaning of human agency under neoliberal governance. This engagement examines the productive power of the disciplinary and institutionalized ‘language of mental illness’ through a genealogy of the University of Toronto, a textual analyses of the University’s Student Life Programs and Services literature, and a discursive analysis of open-ended interviews with student services representatives which seeks both to understand and transgress conventional interpretations of the structure of Student Life. I demonstrate how University presentations of student bodies, minds and senses perceived to be lacking in ‘ordinary order’, can be reconceived as sites to reflect on the paramount presence of psychiatric knowledge in interpretations and responses to embodied difference within the university setting. Overall, this dissertation seeks to disrupt unexamined relations to the meaning of student types; and in the process, display how normative relations to the student as a figure of mental health and illness needs is currently and historically organized and socially achieved.

Dr. Katie Aubrecht graduated in November 2012 and is the current President of the Canadian Disability Studies Association, Associate Editor (Forums) of Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal, Canadian Institutes of Health Research Postdoctoral Fellow and Assistant Professor with the Department of Sociology at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia. Her current research examines the discursive construction of dementia and the politics of person-centred residential dementia care.

Launch of Eugenics Archives Online (Living Archives on Eugenics in Western Canada)

A team of researchers associated with the Community University Research Alliance and under the direction of Rob Wilson (University of Alberta, Canada) have just launched the Eugenics Archive. The website provides visitors with ten interactive tools to learn about the history of eugenics not only in Canada, but from throughout the world. The researchers describe the general project this way:

The ideas and practices aimed at improving “human breeding” known as eugenics were influential across North America in the first half of the 20th-century. Undertaken by 30 research scholars and sterilization survivors, and 12 community partners, Living Archives on Eugenics in Western Canada directly engages communities in developing accessible resources to bring to light the history of eugenics in Canada. It also creates a communal space to explore the relationships between that history and current policies and practices.

CfP: History of Counselling in Canada

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Canadian Journal of Counselling
and Psychotherapy: History of Counselling in Canada

Submit proposal by Jan. 7, 2013

The Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy intends to publish a
special issue devoted to the History of Counselling in Canada. Dr. Sharon
Robertson and Dr. William Borgen will be the Guest Editors for this theme

As we approach the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Counselling and
Psychotherapy Association in 2015, it is timely to reflect on the past,
present, and anticipated future of counselling in Canada. One-page
proposals for manuscripts are requested for this special issue that
centres on conceptual, research, and practical issues related to the
history of counselling in Canada.

Manuscripts should address topics pertaining to the evolution of
counselling in Canada such as the following: the development of ethical
standards, certification and credentialing standards, program
accreditation standards; changes in counselling paradigms, the practice of
counselling, counselling diverse clients; developments in speciality areas
such as career counselling, school counselling, family counselling,
post-secondary counselling; research in counselling; and the evolution of
counselling in various regions of Canada. Other topics related to the
history of counselling in Canada are encouraged.

The proposals should be submitted to the Guest Editors by January 7, 2013.

The deadline for manuscripts of accepted proposals is July 2, 2013.

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