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Pictures of Madness

9 September 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST


Pictures of Madness

Hosted by the University of Newcastle

The image occupies a singular space within the historical consideration and treatment of madness. Susan Sontag writes that ‘as photographs give people an imaginary possession of a past that is unreal, they also help people to take possession of space in which they are insecure’.

Within histories of ‘madness’ and psychiatry, images have been used both to reveal stories of mental illness and to conceal its realities. Please join members of the University of Newcastle’s Futures of Madness Network for an exciting new History Week event that will explore the realities and unrealities captured and created by historical images of ‘madness’ from Australia and the world.

Chaired by Professor Hans Pols (University of Sydney) each participant will present an image from the past and discuss its creation, meaning and importance.

This is a free and online event.



Image Credit: Dr Rebecca McLaughlan

Wednesday 9 September 2020

This is a free event. Registrations are essential. 

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