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PsychOUT: A Conference for Organizing Resistance Against Psychiatry

PsychOUT: A Conference for Organizing Resistance Against Psychiatry


PLEASE NOTE:  The organizing committee strives to build an accessible conference for all people. If you have any accommodation requests, please email shaindl.diamond@utoronto.ca by April 19, 2010, in order to give us enough time to set up the appropriate accommodations.

We will have ASL interpretation for the keynote presentations, plenary, and for some breakaway sessions/workshops. For the complete conference schedule, and to see which sessions will have ASL interpretation, please click here http://ocs.library.utoronto.ca/index.php/psychout/PsychOUT/schedConf/program

The purpose of this global conference is to provide a forum for psychiatric survivors, mad people, activists, scholars, students, radical professionals, and artists from around the world to come together and share experiences of organizing against psychiatry.

Dialogue about these experiences is intended:

o   to foster networking and coalition building across social justice movements, disciplines and geographical locations;

o   to clarify some key goals in the struggle against psychiatric oppression;

o   to develop some longer-term strategies to help us achieve these goals;

o   to help us critically examine how we use specific tools for social change, such as the law, science, theory, media, art, and theatre.

This conference is focused on theory and practice that is directly related to developing strategic actions aimed at challenging the power of institutional psychiatry.

On May 9, 2010, the Coalition Against Psychiatric Assault (CAPA) will be sponsoring a post-conference demonstration to raise awareness about electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Check back for further details in early 2010. 

All conference participants, including presenters, must register for this conference. To register for this conference, please click here.

We have four exciting keynote speakers lined up!

David Oaks, Mindfreedom International

Peter Lehmann, In Any Case (Berlin)

Bonnie Burstow, OISE/UT and the Coalition Against Psychiatric Assault

Dan Taylor, Mindfreedom Ghana

For descriptions of the keynote speeches, follow this link: http://capa.oise.utoronto.ca/Details%20on%20Keynotes.pdf


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