We are now inviting paper and panel submissions to this four-day conference, hosted by the Institute for the Humanities at Simon Fraser University and to be held at the SFU Harbour Centre Vancouver campus on 12-15 June 2008. This event will address a range of issues associated with the regulation and experience of madness, and the conflicting roles of the 'psy' professions in contemporary society. Participants will comprise local, Canadian and international academics, users/survivors, activists, advocates, practitioners, journalists, and community workers. Our objective is to provide a forum in which critical topics, issues and themes related to madness, citizenship, social justice and human rights can be explored across a range of intersecting positions and perspectives. Along with keynote sessions, lectures, panels, cultural events and workshops, we will be commemorating the 40th anniversary of the landmark film Titicut Follies, with its celebrated director Frederick Wiseman in attendance.
Please submit proposals for papers, panels or other contributions to Robert Menzies at MadConference08@shaw.ca. Proposals should include: 1) a title; 2) an abstract of about 150 words; 3) your name(s) and contact information; 4) equipment needs, if any. We strongly encourage submissions from graduate students. Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis. No proposals received after 15 February 2008 can be considered.
To have your email address added to the conference listserv, and to receive regular digest updates, please contact Robert Menzies. Additional conference information, including registration fees and procedures, accommodation and travel options, and programming details, will be available on the website by December, 2007.
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