CFP: [Science] Are We Mad? Critical Analyses of the Canadian Mental Health System

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Scott McAnsh
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Call for Abstracts

“Are We Mad? Critical Analyses of the Canadian Mental Health System” is organized by the Legal
Activist Collective at the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta.


        The purpose of the Conference is to bring together researchers and practitioners from
various disciplines that share an interest in the Canadian mental health system, and the
problems this system poses to individuals and society at large.
        The treatment of the mentally ill in Canada, both by the law and by larger societal forces, is
an ongoing source of concern. This conference will examine this treatment and provide critical
perspectives which, although prevalent in much academic literature, are generally not
understood or appreciated by the public. In particular, the legal, social and ethical implications
of the medicalisation of mental illness, disease mongering by the pharmaceutical industry, the
inherent power disparities and grievous dangers attendant to the idea of involuntary
hospitalization, revisionistic and patient-centric positions on patient rights, and the
ramifications of widespread xenophobia with respect to the mentally ill will all be addressed.
        â€œAre We Mad? Critical Analyses of the Canadian Mental Health System” is a forum designed
to bring together those sharing these, and other, concerns with the current state of the mental
health system in Canada. Authors are encouraged to submit papers on any of the conference
topics listed below. Accepted papers will be presented at the conference by one of the authors
and published in the proceedings. Acceptance will be based on quality, relevance and originality.


- Medicalisation of mental illness
- Patient rights
- Disease mongering in areas of mental health
- Involuntary hospitalization.
- Xenophobia and the mentally ill


Robert Whitaker, authour of Mad in America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine, and the Enduring
Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill
Don Weitz, co-founder of the Coalition Against Psychiatric Assault (CAPA)


        Authors should submit an abstract of a paper in English of up to 1000 words in length,
carefully checked for correct grammar and spelling, using the on-line submission procedure on
the website.
        The program committee will review all papers and the contact author (the author who
submits the paper) of each paper will be notified of the result, by e-mail.


        All accepted abstracts will be required to provide a paper at the time of the conference. The
papers are not to exceed 20 A4 pages in length (double spaced) and will be published in the
conference proceedings, which will be published as a special edition of the Alberta Law Review in


Paper Submission: February 1, 2008
Authors Notification: February 8, 2008
Final Paper Submission and Registration Deadline: February 22, 2008
Conference date: March 1 & 2, 2008


        The conference will be held in the Law Centre on the campus of the University of Alberta in
Edmonton, Alberta.



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