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Conference · November 25–27 2022 · #DNL28 Kunstquartier Bethanien (Studio 1) · Additional Live Streaming

The international conference MADNESS: Fighting for Justice in Mental Health takes place November 25 – 27 at Kunstquartier Bethanien. The 28th Conference of the Disruption Network Lab investigates systems of mental health care and support, focusing on prevailing discourses and practices, biases and inequality. It explores the possibilities of a mental health system which puts human rights and justice at the centre of its practice.

Veranstaltungen in Berlin: MADNESS: Fighting for Justice in Mental Health
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The conference introduces the perspectives of scientists, human rights and social justice activists, artists, doctors and practitioners as well as those closely affected – the people living with mental illness, through keynotes, panels, a performance and a film screening, workshops and meetups.

What does it mean to have a just mental health care system?

What does it mean to have a just mental health care system? Who decides who is labelled as mad? Who tells the story of madness? Who has access to mental health care services? Can we decolonise psychiatry? Different perspectives and positions, such us scientific and social discourses, the medical practice, the fight against profit-oriented health care management, as well as the social, racial and ethnic differences of those affected, will be combined. The goal of the conference is to give visibility and voice to those closely affected, to emphasise the necessity for action in the way this problem is being treated and to think of examples for more humane policies.

The speakers provide critical insights into their activities and positions at the intersection of psychiatry, psychology, activism, art and social justice. Jasna Russo talks about the meaning of justice in mental health and Colin King addresses the institutional racism and structural discrimination within the UK public health care. Wilda L. White discusses the judiciary implications of being labelled mad in the US, whereas China Mills gives a global overview of the so-called state violence and what can justice in Mental health be. Lamia Moghnieh, Reima Ana Maglajlic and Donato Zupin will focus on discussing structures of inclusive and just mental health support system and decolonising psychiatry. The performance Sentire will address the sensorial experience of hearing voices, whereas the film documentary focuses on destigmatising schizophrenia. In the panel Marcello Lussana, Anika Krbetschek and Dolly Sen will present their artistic methodology while working with different mental health conditions by using research, humour or art therapy as a means of expression and framing proactive practices.

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Participating artists
Nina Wesemann
Simon Reichel
Marcello Lussana
Dolly Sen
Lily Martin
Olga Kozmanidze
Kunstquartier Bethanien
Kunstquartier Bethanien