The Mad-Doctor and the Mind: The Rise of Mental Healthcare in the Eighteenth Century (ASECS 2015)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by September 15, 2014.