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Wednesday 10th June 2015 9.45am – 5.30pm

EDEN Building, Liverpool Hope University, Taggart Avenue, Liverpool L16 9JD

Speakers include: Professors Ann Davis and Peter Beresford, campaigners from Psychologists Against Austerity, reVision and Social Work Action Network

The work of Peter Sedgwick and in particular his classic text PsychoPolitics (1982) has a renewed relevance in the context of ‘austerity’, the privatisation of welfare provision and emergent forms of radical activism in mental health. This conference will provide an opportunity to explore Sedgwick’s ideas and assess his legacy in light of these contemporary developments.

The conference will include papers from academics, service users/survivors, mental health practitioners and activists on the following themes:

  • The politics and sociology of mental health
  • Reading Sedgwick in 2015
  • Neoliberalism, austerity and alliances of resistance between service user/survivor movements, practitioners, trade unions and campaigners
  • Links between mad studies and the work of Sedgwick
  • Contemporary applications of PsychoPolitics in mental health movements and front line practice
  • Marxism, materialism, alienation and mental health
  • Representations of psychiatry and anti-psychiatry
  • Basaglia and movements for psychiatric de-institutionalisation in Europe
  • Revisiting the Sedgwick archive

Prices (including lunch and refreshments):

Waged/Practitioners/academics (institutional funding): £60

Waged/Practitioners/academics (self-funding): £35

Service users/survivors/carers/students/unwaged: £10

To book your place and download provisional programme go to: (‘Registration’ tab to book, ‘Overview’ tab for programme).

For mailing list and other information contact:

This event has been organised by: British Sociological Association (BSA) Sociology of Mental Health Study Group and Department of Social Work, Care and Justice, Liverpool Hope University

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