2nd Global Conference: Madness - Probing the Boundaries

Venue: Oxford

Location: Oxford, United Kingdom

Event Date/Time: Sep 14, 2009 End Date/Time: Sep 14, 2009
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2nd Global Conference Madness - Probing the Boundaries Monday 14th September - Thursday 17th September 2009 Mansfield College, Oxford Call for Papers This inter-disciplinary research conference seeks to explore issues of madness across historical periods and within cultural, political and social contexts. We are also interested in exploring the place of madness in persons and interpersonal relationships and across a range of critical perspectives. Seeking to encourage innovative inter, multi and post disciplinary dialogues, we warmly welcome papers from all disciplines, professions and vocations which struggle to understand the place of madness in the constitution of persons, relationships and the complex interlacing of self and other. In particular papers, workshops and presentations are invited on any of the following themes: 1. The Value of Madness or Why is it that We Need Madness? ~ Critical explorations: beyond madness/sanity/insanity ~ Continuity and difference: always with us yet never quite the same ~ Repetition and novelty: the incessant emergence and re-emergence of madness ~ Profound attraction and desire; fear of the abyss and the radical unknown ~ Naming, defining and understanding the elusive 2. The Passion of Madness or Madness and the Emotions ~ Love as madness; uncontrollable passion; unrestrainable love ~ Passion and love as a remaking of life and self ~ Gender and madness; the feminine and the masculine ~ Anger, resentment, revenge, hate, evil ~ I would rather vomit, thank you; revulsion, badness and refusing to comply 3. The Boundaries of Madness or Resisting Normality ~ Madness, sanity and the insane ~ Being out of your mind, crazy, deranged … yet, perfectly sane ~ Deviating from the normal; defining the self against the normal ~ Control, self-control and the pull of the abyss ~ When the insane becomes normal; when evil reins social life 4. Lunatics and the Asylum or Power and the Politics of Madness ~ The social allure and fear of madness; the institutions of confining mad people ~ Servicing normality by castigating the insane and marginalizing lunatics ~ Medicine, psychiatry, psychology, law and the constructions of madness; madness as illness ~ Contributions of the social sciences to the making and the critique of the making of madness ~ Representations, explanations and the critique of madness from the humanities and the arts 5. Creativity, Critique and Cutting Edge ~ Madness as genius, outstanding, out of the ordinary, spectacularly brilliant ~ The art of madness; the science of madness ~ Music, painting, dance, theatre: it is crazy to think of art without madness ~ The language and communication of madness: who can translate? ~ Creation as an unfolding of madness 6. Unrestrained and Boundless or The Liberating Promise of Madness ~ Metaphors of feeling free, unrestrained, capable, lifted from reality ~ Madness as clear-sightedness, as opening up possibilities, as re-visioning of the world ~ The future, the prophetic, the unknown; the epic, the heroic and the tragic ~ The unreachable and untouchable knowledge of madness ~ The insanity of not loving madness 7. Lessons for Self and Other or Lessons for Life about and from Madness ~ Cultural and social constructions of madness; images of the mad, crazy, insane, lunatic, abnormal ~ What is real? Who defines reality? Learning from madness how to cope with reality ~ Recognising madness in oneself; relativising madness in others ~ Love, intimacy, care and the small spaces of madness ~ Critical and ethical implosions of normality and normalness; sane in insane places and insane in sane places Papers will be accepted which deal with related areas and themes. Pre-formed panel proposals are also encouraged. The 2009 meeting of Madness will run alongside our project on Monsters and the Monstrous - Myths and Metaphors of Enduring Evil and we anticipate holding sessions in common between the two projects. We welcome any papers considering the problems or addressing issues of Madness and Monsters for joint project sessions. Papers will be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts shoul