Past Event

Willful Subjects: Decolonizing the Psychiatric Institution

February 23, 2022
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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This panel begins the 47th annual Scholar and Feminist Conference, “Living in Madness: Decolonization, Creation, Healing.” Panelists will discuss Institutional histories of psychiatry, focused on anti-institutional movements, radical institution-building, and alternate approaches to psychic life by practitioners and clinicians challenging the use of mental health systems as sites of state power, political oppression, and psychic violence. Our conversation will thread together case studies from the United States, China, France, and Palestine with: Liat Ben Moshe, author of Decarcerating Disability: Deinstitutionalization and Prison Abolition (2020); Emily Ng, author of A Time of Lost Gods: Mediumship, Madness, and the Ghost after Mao (2020); Camille Robcis, author of Disalienation: Politics, Philosophy, and Radical Psychiatry in Postwar France (2021); and Lara Sheehi, co – author with Stephen Sheehi of Psychoanalysis Under Occupation: Practicing Resistance in Palestine (2022), reflecting on the power of collective imagination, willful subjectivity, and witnessing as forms of resistance.

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