Montag, 10. September 2012

DISCOURSE UNIT DIARY AUTUMN 2012 (http://critpsych.blogspot.com #discourseunit #criticalpsychology) Discourse Unit is a trans-institutional collaborative centre which supports a variety of qualitative and theoretical research projects contributing to

DISCOURSE UNIT DIARY, VOL. 22, NO. 3 (AUTUMN 2012)


This version of the diary was uploaded in September 2012 for the 2012 Autumn Term events. In this diary you will find details of seminars, conferences, events and publications for the next year that lie within the scope of research and activities of the Discourse Unit.


□□ SEMINARS –


▫▫▫ CRITICAL PSYCHOLOGY SEMINARS –


These seminars are at MMU Gaskell Campus on Hathersage Road (map: http://www.mmu.ac.uk/travel/gaskell/).


October 3, 4.00-5.30, Room OB101, Gaskell Campus, MMU, CHINA MILLS (Discourse Unit, MMU), 'Sly normality: between quiescence and revolt' (This talk is about spoof pharmaceutical advertising of psychiatric drugs, it's also about the drugs, about some of the people who take them, and those people who try not to take them, it's about pills hidden under tongues, inside socks, it's about pretending to be normal, and pretending to be mad. In this paper, I will explore how spoof adverts may mimic 'real' ads in a similar way to how some people mimic normality, slyly. Psychiatry is haunted by a resistance that is sly, that covers its tracks, that pretends to be something else. A resistance like the 'infrapolitics' (following Scott) of disguise and deception employed by colonised peoples while they may outwardly appear, in power laden situations, to willingly consent. While often not read as political, this paper will explore what Scott calls the troubled 'political terrain that lies between quiescence and revolt'. We will trace how pretending to be mad and pretending to be sane can make a mockery, through mimicry, of psychiatry's techniques of differentiation and diagnosis, its ways of telling the difference. And yet also make psychiatry even more determined to tell the difference. How do spoof, 'fake', psycho-pharmaceutical adverts work to queer the 'real' adverts, and the disorders they market the drugs for? We'll watch some adverts together, will you be able to tell the difference between the 'real' and the 'fakes'?


October 17, 4.00-5.30, Room OB101, Gaskell Campus, MMU, RAQUEL GUZZO (Professor of Psychology, Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Campinas, Brazil), 'Political Consciousness' (Raquel Guzzo is a community, developmental and educational psychologist who is also active in the public political process in Brazil, standing as a mayoral candidate for the Partido Socialismo E Liberdade. She will speak about connections between radical work in psychology and the real world.)


November 7, 4.00-5.30, Room OB101, Gaskell Campus, MMU, MONICA PEÑA (Faculty of Psychology, Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago, Chile) 'Diagnosis, psychology and psychologists in Chilean education: Their roles in the neoliberal ideology' (Chile has undergone a process of privatization in education since 1981 which was characterized by the decentralization of administration and the imposition of a voucher system. This process has resulted in an extreme degree of segregation in the school system, and the schools in this competitive context have used 'diagnosis' as a further form of segregation of students who fail to meet school outcomes. Psychology as a discipline, and psychologists as decision makers, have had a role in this process, especially in recent years trying to solve the segregation problem with more neoliberal strategies. At the same time, we have witnessed in Chile how the role of psychologists has become more precarious both in schools and in health clinics that are associated with lower wages and lesser decision-making ability. The relationships between these phenomena are complex and should be analyzed, especially today, in the light of the crisis in the educational system that the current Chilean student movement is protesting against.) Mónica Peña PhD is a Chilean psychologist. She worked in the public health system as a child psychologist and was then a Professor of Educational Psychology and Child Development several different education faculties. She has carried out research on childhood, education and public policy from a discursive perspective in the Chilean neoliberal context. She is currently a visiting post-doctoral researcher with RIHSC at MMU.)


December 5, 4.00-5.30, Room OB101, Gaskell Campus, MMU, MIGUEL ROSELLÓ (University of Girona, Catalunya) 'Rhetorics of objectivity and constructions of identity in the medical discourse about transsexuality' (This is a presentation of research in progress carried out in Barcelona which analyzes the clinical and academic discourses of a hospital specializing in the treatment of 'Gender Identity Disorder'). Miguel Roselló trained as a psychologist in the University of Chile then studied for a masters in Psychosocial Intervention at the University of Barcelona. He is a PhD student in 'Social Sciences, Education and Health' at the University of Girona and member of the research group DIGECIC (Discourse, Gender, Culture and Science), of IRQV (Quality of Life Research Institute) and of iiEDG (Inter-University Institute of Women's studies and Gender research. He is currently a visiting doctoral researcher with RIHSC at MMU).



▫▫▫ OCTOBER 22, TOM HURNDALL MEMORIAL LECTURE –


The Eighth Tom Hurndall Memorial Lecture will be on Monday 22 October, with GEORGE GALLOWAY (Member of Parliament for Bradford West) 'Tom Hurndall: A Martyr for Justice'. The lecture is at 6.00pm in Lecture Theatre C0.14 of John Dalton Building of MMU on Oxford Road, location map: http://www.mmu.ac.uk/travel/allsaints/). George Galloway is the Respect Party MP for Bradford West. He has also been the MP for Bethnal Green and Bow and before that Glasgow Kelvin and Glasgow Hillhead. George is the Nominating Office for the Respect Party and founder of the Viva Palestina convoys. Tom Hurndall was a student at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU). He was fatally wounded by the Israeli Defence Force whilst protecting Palestinian children in Gaza. He died on January 13th 2004. Since 2005 MMU has hosted a Memorial Lecture which has attracted prestigious figures willing to speak out against what was done in 2004 and what is still being done now by the Israeli State. For more details about this lecture and previous lectures, visit the Tom Hurndall Memorial Lecture page on Facebook.

The organising group for the lecture is from MMU and Manchester University.


▫▫▫ NOVEMBER 14, NEUE SLOWENISCHE KUNST IN MANCHESTER –


Organised from the Department of Politics and Philosophy at MMU, this special event will include citizens of NSK State in Time. Details from Mike Tyldlesley: M.Tyldesley[at]mmu.ac.uk




▫▫▫ MANCHESTER FEMINIST THEORY NETWORK (MFTN) EVENTS –


The Manchester Feminist Theory Network (MFTN) was started in 2009 by Erica Burman (Manchester Metropolitan University), Jane Kilby (University of Salford) and Jackie Stacey (The University of Manchester) to organise, co-ordinate and publicise events of interests to feminists working across the three Universities. Everyone is welcome to participate. If you would like to be added to the MFTN email list, please contact: caitriona.devery[at]manchester.ac.uk Details of MFTN events are listed at: http://www.socialsciences.manchester.ac.uk/ricc/projects/MFTN/index.html


▫▫▫ FEMINIST RESEARCH AND READING GROUP –


The FRRG meetings take place on a fortnightly cycle at Elizabeth Gaskell Campus of MMU. For details of the meetings contact Jemma Tosh at jemma.tosh[at]googlemail.com


▫▫▫ EDUCATIONAL AND SOCIAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE –

The ESRI seminars include inter-disciplinary perspectives across education and the social sciences, taking place fortnightly (interleaving with the QRSCT sessions at Gaskell Campus) on 4.00-5.30 on Wednesdays at Didsbury Campus of MMU. For details of meetings contact Barbara Ashcroft and to book to get tea or coffee at the seminar contact B.Ashcroft[at]mmu.ac.uk


▫▫▫ HUMAN SCIENCES SEMINAR –

The HS seminar includes philosophy and political theory, and takes place on Thursday afternoons at All Saints Campus of MMU. For details of the meetings contact Mark Sinclair, M.Sinclair[at]mmu.ac.uk

▫▫▫ SOCIOLOGY SEMINARS –

The Sociology Department seminars take place at the All Saints Campus of MMU. For details of meetings contact Lucy Huxley: L.Huxley[at]mmu.ac.uk


▫▫▫ RADICAL POLITICAL THOUGHT SEMINARS –


Seminar series organised by Peter Bratsis at the European Studies Research Institute (the other ESRI) at Salford University Centre for Contemporary History and Politics. Details from P.Bratsis[at]salford.ac.uk


□□ CONFERENCES –


▫▫▫ SEPTEMBER 10, 2012, PRESTON: SELF HARM AND RECOVERY –


This one day conference includes Helen Spandler, Claire Summerskill, Clare Shaw, Fiona Venner, Sam Warner, Fiona Jones, Karen Wright and Terri Shaw, and a session devoted to Asylum: Magazine of Democratic Psychiatry. Details at www.uclan.ac.uk/healthconf


▫▫▫ FEBRUARY 6-8, CRITICAL SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY CONFERENCE, BARCELONA –


An 'International Congress on Critical Social Psychology' is planned for 6-8 February 2013 in Barcelona, Catalunya. Details from: congres.csp[at]uab.cat


▫▫▫ MAY 2013, SANTIAGO DE CHILE: INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR THEORETICAL PSYCHOLOGY CONFERENCE –


The International Society for Theoretical Psychology (ISTP) will hold its 15th Biennial conference in Santiago, Chile. The Santiago conference is on the theme of 'DIALOGUE AND DEBATE IN THE MAKING OF THEORETICAL PSYCHOLOGY', on May 3-7, 2013. The conference will be hosted by two universities in Santiago, Chile: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Universidad Alberto Hurtado. The Keynote speakers are: Eugene Matusov (University of Delaware) and Pablo Fernández Christlieb (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México). The General discussant is Ivana Marková (University of Stirling; London School of Economics and Political Science). Dates: Deadline for submission of discussion frames: July 30th, 2012. Deadline for submission of presentation proposals: November 30th, 2012. Details: www.syntagmas.net/istp2013/academic.php Queries: istp2013[at]gmail.com


▫▫▫ JULY 2013, SIP, BRASILIA –


The XXXIV Interamerican Congress of Psychology will take place from 15-19 July in Brasilia, Brazil, with pre-congress workshops on 14 July. The congress theme is

'Knowledge, Integration and Diversity'. Details at www.sip2013.org



□□ PUBLICATIONS –

▫▫▫ ASYLUM MAGAZINE FOR DEMOCRATIC PSYCHIATRY: ANTI-CAPITALISM


The new special issue on 'anti-capitalism' is just about out now! Details at www.asylumonline.net



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