Conference Programme

Thursday, 3rd May

09:00 – 09:30 Registration

09:30 – 09:45 Welcome and Opening Remarks

09:45 – 11:15 Panel 1: Psychological Landscapes in New Media

“Unreliability and the Unstable Narrating Mind in Dear Esther (2012) and Layers of Fear (2016)” – Sarah E. Beyvers (University of Passau)

“Invisible Made Visible: Landscape as Psychological Insight in Comics – Jessica Gross (St. Louis College of Pharmacy)

“Men’s Mental Health and Nihilistic Dread in Rick and Morty” – Hannah Granberry (University of Colorado)

11:15 – 11:30 Tea & coffee break

11:30 – 13:00 Panel 2: Mental Illness in World Cinema

“Depictions of mental illness among Holocaust survivors in Israeli films” – Liat Steir-Livny (Sapir Academic College/The Open University)

“Mental Illness in Greek Cinema, 1949-1980” – Eliza-Anna Delveroudi, Despo Kritsokaki, Manolis Tzanakis” (Universities of Athens and Crete)

“Mental health disorders in A Beautiful Mind, Bigger Than Life, The Three Faces of Eve and Lizzie” – Kevin Jones (University of Leeds)

13:00 – 13:45 Lunch

13:45 – 15:15 Panel 3: Women and Madness

“Monsters at Home: Women and Madness in Siri Hustvedt’s The Blazing World” – Natalie Riley (Durham University)

“‘Mine is Not a Success Story’: Resisting the Recovery Narrative” – Maria Elena Torres-Quevedo (University of Edinburgh)

“#welcometometoo: How popular media perpetuates and reinforces the oppression of women with a diagnosis of BPD” – Sue Phillips and Penny Stafford (Activists)

15:15 – 15:30 Tea & coffee break

15:30 – 17:00 Panel 4: Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy

“Demons of the Mind: the Interactions of ‘Psy’ Sciences and Cinema in the Long Sixties” – Tim Snelson and William Macauley (University of East Anglia)

“Visiting Freud: The Myth of Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Culture” – Maren Scheurer (Goethe University Frankfurt)

“Penguins on the Couch: Penguin’s mass-market publishing on psychoanalysis and psychotherapy” – Gavin Miller (University of Glasgow)

17:00 – 17:15 Day one closing remarks

19:30 – 22:00 Film Screening: Girl, Interrupted (1999) at the Filmhouse Edinburgh (Ticket included in registration)


Friday, 4th May

09:00 – 10:30 Keynote Address

“‘Cities of the Insane’: The Asylum as Ruin in American Horror Narratives” – Dr Bernice Murphy (Trinity College Dublin)

10:30 – 11:45 Panel 5: Mental Illness in Horror and the Gothic

“Transgender psycho: a myth that endures?” – Gina Maya Roberts (University of Edinburgh)

“Women on the Verge: Fragile Subjectivities and the Haunted Heroine of Horror” – Nina Martin (Connecticut College)

“Jim Thompson, Psychopaths and the Madness of Neoliberalism” – Abby Bentham (University of Salford)

11:45 – 12:00 Tea & coffee break

12:00 – 13:30 Panel 6: The Mad Artist

“Culture Vulture: Dr. Lecter’s Ties and other Aesthetic Modes of Consumption in Hannibal (NBC — 2013-2015)” – Caroline Blinder (Goldsmiths University, London)

“‘Devon Gothic’: A filmic study of the politically resistant potential of the ‘mad’ artist” – Alice Evans (Chelsea College of Art)

“Out is the New In: Narratives of Art Practice and Mental Wellbeing” – Olivia Sagan (Queen Margaret University)

13:30 – 14:15 Lunch

14:15 – 15:45 Panel 7: Psychiatry in Contemporary Pop Culture

“The schizophrenic century: schizophrenia from modernism to mass culture” – James Whitehead (Liverpool John Moores University)

“‘If you keep this up, young lady, I am going to slap you’: punishment, terror and psychiatric Violence in young adult novels about anorexia nervosa, 1978-2009” – Emma Seaber (King’s College, London)

“Psychedelic Psychiatry: Popular Coverage of the Spring Grove Experiment” – Wendy Kline (Purdue University)

15:45 – 16:15 Performance: “From the Bird of Paradise to The Ward Round” – Garth Williams (Actor/Creative Producer)

16:15 – 16:30 Tea & coffee break

16:30 – 18:00 Panel 8: Mental Illness in Literature

“‘This place is run by charlatans’: Recent Findings in the F. Scott Fitzgerald Collection at the Princeton University Firestone Archive” – Lauren Moffat (Queens University Belfast)

“Blackness, Invisibility, Madness” – Ian Magor (Birbeck, University of London)

“‘We are all a little mad in one or other particular’. The presentation of madness in the novels of Muriel Spark.” – Allan Beveridge (University of Edinburgh)

18:00 – 18:15 Closing remarks