Mad Studies Meeting 5 May 2022
Lived Experience Professionals everywhere have long been raising the issue of a bespoke union for people working in Lived Experience posts. We have needed help with unique issues and types of discrimination not recognised or faced by our non-LXP colleagues. This month we will be joined by Merrick Pilling, co-editor of the Hot Off The Press 'Interrogating Psychiatric Narratives of Madness - Documented Lives': https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-83692-4?sap-outbound-id=DA70FE8AABF69428A26B0BFC99E4CAD1A574A9CE This is the SECOND most expensive book we have ever looked at - retailing at around £80 vs. the Routeledge Handbook of Mad Studies which was £200. There is a separate and ongoing conversation to be had about access to Mad Knowledge as it becomes more widely recognised. Merrick is an Assistant Professor at University of Windsor, Canada, where he teaches Women's and Gender Studies. He will be introducing us to and discussing the chapter he wrote: Sexual Violence and Psychosis: Intersections of Rape Culture, Sanism, and Anti-Black Sanism in Psychiatric Inpatient Chart Documentation. The chapter is challenging and emotive - some people who attend may choose to listen rather than converse. We endeavour to create a 'Brave Space' where we acknowledge that no space will ever be completely safe for people who face discrimination, but uphold principles of respecting difference. Mad in America has written a synopsis of the chapter here: https://www.madinamerica.com/2021/11/research-reveals-mental-health-professionals-participation-rape-culture/ You can also contact Tamar if you have issues accessing the book version of the chapter.