Theme Issue: Mental Health and Illness in American Culture
Throughout recorded history, those regarded as mentally ill have frightened, fascinated, and challenged us to look deep within the individual and our shared human experience for answers to the most fundamental questions about ourselves and each other. The fields of psychology and cultural studies have each offered unique perspectives from which to explain our behavior, normal and deviant. It has only been within the recent past that the two disciplines have come together in attempts to answer some of these age-old questions. Please consider submitting an electronic abstract of 150-250 as soon as possible words on a topic that intersects mental health and mental illness and American culture.
Final submissions, generally 15-25 pages in length, are to be original scholarly manuscripts formatted according to MLA style guidelines using in-text citations with authors name and page number. Endnotes and works cited should appear at the end of the paper. In light of space limitations, please avoid excessive use of endnotes.
Please direct inquiries to the editor of this themed issue, Lawrence C. Rubin, at email@example.com.
Suggested topics include the following:
Depictions of mental health and mental illness in
Movies, television, or animation
Literature, comics, or graphic novels
Music and musicals
Media representations of psychotherapy, counseling, or psychiatry
The role of psychology and culture in understanding
Social media (Facebook, You Tube, Twitter) or technology
Fashion or architecture
Social, religious, or political movements
Entertainment, sports, or gaming
Poverty, racism, discrimination, or terrorism
Famous cultural and historical figures who have affected the confluence of mental health and mental illness through
Social movements and social reform
The deadline for submission of the Final Paper is Dec. 31, 2012, and the issue will be published in March 2014.
Lawrence C. Rubin, Ph.D.
St. Thomas University
16401 NW 37th Avenue
207 Kennedy Hall]
Miami, FL 33054 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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