The Mad-Doctor and the Mind: The Rise of Mental Healthcare in the Eighteenth Century (ASECS 2015)

full name / name of organization: 
Stephanie Harper / American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies
contact email: 
stephanie.harper.15@my.csun.edu

The 46th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies

Los Angeles, CA

March 19-21, 2015

From mad-doctors and restraint behavior modification to the controversial homeopathy of John Wesley, the eighteenth century
ushered in a gradual shift in considering mental illness as no longer a religious issue, but one that is intrinsically connected to
a disregard of societal roles and a lack of reason. This shift resulted in increased numbers of confined persons as well as the
much-needed reformation of institutional practices and policies. This panel seeks papers that explore any aspect of madness
and mental healthcare in the eighteenth-century. Although all papers are encouraged, some suggested topics include literary
responses to madness, the conflation of artistic temperaments and madness, stigmatization of mental illness in the eighteenth
century, teaching the history of psychiatry, and issues of gender and confinement.

Please send proposals of no more than 300 words to Stephanie Harper at stephanie.harper.15@my.csun.edu by September 15, 2014.

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childrens_literature
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ecocriticism_and_environmental_studies
eighteenth_century
ethnicity_and_national_identity
gender_studies_and_sexuality
interdisciplinary
poetry
postcolonial
science_and_culture