Join Simon Fraser University’s Centre for the Study of Gender, Social Inequities and Mental Health and its partners for exciting public events that present a ground-breaking 5-year project about the history and ongoing legacy of psychiatric deinstitutionalization.
November 6th – 4:30-7:30 pm
Asylum to Activism: Reception at Gallery Gachet
Digging into history can unearth surprising treasures. Come down to Gallery Gachet and view two unique sets of archival images that document mad history in the deinstitutionalization era. One box of photographs was discovered in a Vancouver bedroom closet, and another was left by photographer who chronicled the vanishing world of the asylum. This event will also feature author readings from the new collection, Mad Matters: A Critical Reader in Canadian Mad Studies, an anthology of writings on contemporary mental health by activists/survivors and scholars.
November 7th – 6:00-8:00 pm
After the Asylum Exhibit: Vancouver Central Public Library
For five years academic scholars, community partners, students and activists from across Canada have beenexcavating the complex and often troubled history of psychiatric deinstitutionalization. Now we are ready to go public! Come down to Vancouver Central library and watch project videos at the Legacies Theatre, go to school with History in Practice, tour exhibits from the After the Asylum project… and meet some of the folks behind it all!
These public events are part of a free 3-day conference that runs from November 6-8 at Simon Fraser University’s Harbour Centre Campus. Anyone interested in, working and/or living with mental health issues including teachers, practitioners, policy makers, researchers, students and peers is welcome to attend, but registration is required. Conference details can be found at: www.aftertheasylum.net