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One event on October 20, 2018 at 6:30pm
In September and October 2017 Critical Perspectives in Madness Reading Group partners with The Big Anxiety to interrogate anxiety and the history of its construction as a medical condition. The group will explore literary and philosophical writings that offer diverse and subversive perspectives beyond the bio-medical model of mental distress.
You’re invited to take part in the reading group as it asks questions such as What is the relationship between anxiety and discrimination? Between power and alienation? Is anxiety a ‘disorder’ that warrants ‘treatment’, an adequate response to living in late capitalism or a primordial existential state of ‘not being at home’?
Theory is often considered by mental health practitioners as the necessary evil: needed to gain professional qualifications, but eschewed once they enter the realms of the ‘real’ practice. Many service users may avoid it as intimidating and inaccessible. Following bell hooks (1991) we argue that theory and practice are not simply in opposition. Theory, when experienced through the process of close and attentive reading and group discussion can be a liberatory practice. Critical Perspectives on Madness Reading Group gathers monthly to read and discuss academic, autobiographical and literary texts that specifically challenge the dominant bio-medical, neoliberal and imperialist models of mental distress and explore the possibilities of resistance to those through subversive and emancipatory practices.
Participants are sent designated texts to read prior to the group and invited to reflect on them, as well as the current Australian socio-political climate and their own experiences. The focus remains on learning together and learning from each other.
Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP and receive the prerequisite readings.