Catherine  McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery and School of Applied Social Studies, University College Cork in association with Critical Voices Network Ireland announce a call for presentations for the Meanings of Madness: Critical and Creative Perspectives conference which will take place on 14 November 2013.
Madness is a word that continues to invite controversy, with some perceiving it to be a derogatory term, others perceiving it as a celebration of human creativity and diversity, whilst others position themselves somewhere in the middle. This year’s conference, now in its fifth year, aims to explore these various positions by focusing on critical perspectives on the meaning of madness as a human experience and on creative responses to such an experience.

The conference offers opportunities to consider:

  • meanings of madness
  • broadening understandings of expressions of madness
  • creative approaches to engaging with and responding to madness

Call for Oral Presentations/Workshops (45 minutes’ duration):

Please submit an abstract (in Word – 250 words max) related to the conference theme, outlining its aims and intentions, and a brief biography (in Word – 150 words max), by 6 September 2013. Email the abstract and bio to

Registration: Registration details will be circulated in early September 2013. Conference enquiries to or
The Conference organisers are Harry Gijbels, Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery, and Lydia Sapouna, School of Applied Social Studies, University College Cork, Ireland.


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