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It will soon be four years since the first "Gegendiagnose" volume of the Get Well Soon! series on the critical analysis of psycho- and health politics was published. In the second volume, the focus is on the moments when 'we' pathologize and self-govern, and the role played by concepts such as mental health and illness, normality and personal responsibility. The 'second counter-diagnosis' is characterized by a wide variety of explicit and reflective diversity of perspectives, as well as a variance in the forms of contributions. From scientific abstract theory work and analysis to autoethnographic approaches to very personal experience reports and prose, from the affected person's perspective to the relatives' perspective to the perspective of the 'professionals' are represented. This juxtaposition of perspectives is to be understood as a critique of the prevailing power of definition of the psy disciplines and their institutions. The contributions analyze mechanisms and effects of the neoliberal psychological_psychiatric health care system and ask for possibilities of resistance on different levels.
Esto Mader is on the road as a queer feminist activist and does close/family support as Ally. E* studied sociology, gender studies and media studies at various universities and is doing a PhD on agency in queer spaces in Berlin.
Cora Schmechel studied sociology, education and gender studies, is currently doing her PhD and has been active in activism and publishing on the topics of body, gender and psycho-pathologization for years.
Alex Steinweg studied educational science with a focus on diversity-conscious social pedagogy at the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg. He is currently doing his PhD on the topic of critiquing the naturalization of psychosocial crises and looking for long-term solutions to enable PhDs, active parenting and left activism.
Kim Kawalska (Kim Wichera) is active in anti-psychiatric contexts and studies Sound Studies and Sonic Arts at the UDK Berlin.
Lecture 10.01.2020 19.00 AJZ Bielefeld, Heeper Str. 132
It will soon be four years since the first "Gegendiagnose" volume of the "Get Well Soon!" series on the critical analysis of psycho- and health politics was published. In the second volume, the focus is on the moments when "we" pathologize and self-govern, and the role played by concepts such as mental health and illness, normality, and personal responsibility.
In the context of this event, the second Gegendiagnose volume will be presented with a focus on an introduction to the radical critique of psychiatry. To this end, an overview of the book's content will be briefly presented, as well as the book's introductory article. Afterwards there will be reports of own anti-psychiatric work, in which theory, practice and own experience unite.
About the speakers:
*Kim Wichera (ed.) is active in anti-psychiatric contexts and studies Sound Studies and Sonic Arts at the UDK Berlin. Kim already co-edited the first Gegendiagnose volume and is a staff member at the Berlin Weglaufhaus.
*Alex Steinweg (Ed.) studied educational science with focus on diversity-conscious social pedagogy and is active in psychiatry-critical contexts. Alex wrote the introductory article ">IrreKrankWahn< - a (too) short introduction to psychiatry critique".
With support from the FemRef Uni Bielefeld.