Exploring the connection between institutionalisation and women’s needlework, textile historian Isabella Rosner reflects on a unique nineteenth-century object: a jacket made, stitched upon and worn by seamstress Agnes Richter during her 26-year incarceration at
Lucy Weir explores the gendered nature of critical responses to on-stage violence I am an art historian by training, though my expertise lies in performance, from dance and theatre to live art. Throughout my
Vesna Curlic explores the debates around patient liberty and restraint in asylum spaces In 1890, an anonymous patient at Crichton Royal Hospital in Dumfries, Scotland wrote a piece for the institutional magazine, The New
Wendy Lowe reviews Anna Harpin’s Madness, Art, and Society: Beyond Illness (Routledge, 2018). Madness, Art and Society provides a comprehensive account of Anna Harpin’s ways of looking at and critiquing the practices of diagnosis and
Eva Surawy Stepney reports on conference ‘OCD in Society: Making Sense of a Hidden Illness’, Queen Mary, University of London, Saturday June 8th 2019. What is the relationship between Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Western
Dr Dieter Declercq reflects on the ‘Comedy and Mental Health: Future Directions’ conference, University of Kent, May 1st 2019. Does comedy, from stand-up to sitcoms, offer interesting insights into experiences of mental health? Could
Guest author Agata Waszkiewicz explores the necessity of empathy in gaming to educate about mental illness with the example of indie creation Thomas Was Alone (2012) With the unquestionable success of video games in
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