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Sociology of mental health seminar series

This seminar series is an activity of the Mental Health Study Group of the British Sociological Association. It is convened by Baptiste Brossard (University of York) and Ewen Speed (University of Essex). All events are hosted online and free.

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2023/24 Programme

  • November 3, 4pm: Alex Barnard (NYU) – ‘Conservatorship: Inside California’s system of coercion and care for mental illness’
  • November 20, 4pm: Sik Domonkos (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest) – ‘Networks of depression’
  • December 11, 4pm: James Fletcher (University of Manchester) – ‘The biopolitics of dementia’.
  • January 15, 4pm: ‘Teaching the sociology of mental health’ – discussion with an introduction from Ruth Graham (Newcastle University)
  • February 5, 4pm: Alison Fixsen (University of Westminster) – ‘The biopolitics of eating disorders’
  • February 26, 4pm: Simon Armour (Sheffield Hallam University) – ‘Understanding how experiences of volunteering affect psychological wellbeing in the contexts of health inequalities’
  • March 18, 4pm: Grzegorz Sokol (University of Warsaw) – ‘Working through what is. Depression and the predicament of reality in Poland’
  • April 8, 4pm: ‘The sociology of trauma’ – roundtable with Baptiste Brossard (University of York), Vivienne Matthies-Boon (Radboud University), and Hilary Stewart (University of Lancaster)
  • April 29, 4pm: Gareth Thomas (University of Cardiff) – ‘Can you tell me what "ethics" means?': reflections on doing research with people with learning disabilities’
  • May 20, 4pm: Heather Sutherland (Northumbria University) - ‘“They don’t put trigger warnings on their emails”: Exploring female academics’ experiences of “student mental health” as part of their workloaded lives in contemporary UKHE’
  • June 3, 4pm: Anne Irvine and Cassandra Lovelock (King's College London) – ‘Understanding mental health in the UK welfare system: representations of distress among working-age benefit claimants’
  • June 20, 4pm: Evan Sedgwick Jell (Birkbeck, University of London) – ‘Mental Health, Labour Discipline and Relative Surplus Value’