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PsychOUT: A Conference for Organizing Resistance Against Psychiatry

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Toronto conference includes variety of speakers, workshops, plus protest about electroshock. David W. Oaks, Director of MindFreedom International, is one of the speakers.

What
  • Convention
When May 07, 2010 12:00 AM to
May 09, 2010 12:00 AM
Where Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Contact Name
Attendees All are welcome.
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For more info on the event go here:

http://ocs.library.utoronto.ca/index.php/psychout/



Background

(Excerpted from call for papers -- deadline for papers has passed):

Over the last century, proponents of biological psychiatry have used the language of science to naturalize the medical model as an essential way of organizing and managing human experience. In contrast, collective resistance against the theories and interventions of psychiatry has intensified over recent years as psychiatric survivors, activists and community members are contesting this institution on various political fronts. Additionally, people belonging to marginalized groups who are at greater risk of psychiatrization, such as women, racialized people, queers, trans people, people with disabilities, homeless people and other people living in poverty, are resisting psychiatric oppression in different ways, as they/we recognize threats to their/our health, human rights and lives.
The purpose of this global conference is to provide a forum for psychiatric survivors, mad people, activists, scholars, students, radical professionals, and artists from around the world to come together and share experiences of organizing against psychiatry.

Dialogue about these experiences is intended:

  •     to foster networking and coalition building across social justice movements, disciplines and geographical locations;
  •     to clarify some key goals in the struggle against psychiatric oppression;
  •     to develop some longer-term strategies to help us achieve these goals; and
  •     to help us critically examine how we use specific tools for social change, such as the law, science, theory, media, art, and theatre.

This conference is focused on theory and practice that is directly related to developing strategic actions aimed at challenging the power of institutional psychiatry.

Submission of Papers, Workshops and Creative Presentations:

This global interdisciplinary, cross-movement conference welcomes academic paper, workshop, or creative presentation submissions that can include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  •     Feminist organizing against psychiatry
  •     Anti-racist organizing against psychiatry
  •     Queer and trans resistance against psychiatry
  •     Resisting colonizing practices of psychiatry
  •     Resisting psychiatric interference in nations called "developing"
  •     Negotiating the complex space between critical disability and antipsychiatry perspectives
  •     Intersections between anti-poverty movements and antipsychiatry
  •     Networking and coalition building across disciplines and social movements
  •     Commonalities and tensions within the antipsychiatry, psychiatric survivor, and mad communities
  •     Building a global antipsychiatry movement
  •     Developing long-term strategies to meet antipsychiatry abolitionist goals
  •     Artistic and creative resistance
  •     Consciousness-raising initiatives
  •     Using the law to protect the rights of psychiatrized people
  •     Supporting youth and other vulnerable groups who are resisting psychiatrization
  •     Using science to undermine psychiatric theory and practice
  •     Media campaigns: Challenges, obstacles and breakthroughs
  •     Examining movement history to inform present-day strategy and action
  •     The struggle to ban electroshock: strategies, victories, mistakes and challenges
  •     Resisting the pharmaceutical industry
  •     Envisioning and creating alternatives
  •     Resisting the spread of psychiatric control in the community, such as community treatment sanctions



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Leah Harris

Leah Harris, a second generation psychiatric survivor, discovered MindFreedom in 2000 when she was 25 years old. Her first act in the mad movement was to tell her story of oppression and resistance, and to help edit stories for MindFreedom's Oral History Project. Since then, she has been working in various ways to help achieve the vision of MindFreedom: an end to all forms of psychiatric oppression, healing of all forms of "normality," and the creation of vibrant, colorful communities that honor and celebrate diversity, difference, and the full range of human experience.
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