psychiatrist, Franco Basaglia (1924-1980) from 1961-1968 who worked to restructure the Italian mental health system. His efforts culminated in the passing of Law 180 in 1978 which dramatically altered mental health services in Italy. Through an examination of some of the available literature in English and French on the remarkable transformation from “total institution” to an open therapeutic community, I explore how the Italian psychiatric reform project has been represented in various contexts. I attempt to bring some of the deinstitutionalized inmate cum patient experiences of the reform to the surface by unearthing some of the silences and illuminating some of the erasures of patient narratives excluded from the current historical, psychiatric and anthropological record on the subject.
Richard A. Ingram. Ryerson-RBC Institute for Disability Studies Research and Education, Ryerson University
Madness and Political Strategy: Capitalism and Schizophrenia Revisited
In their two-volume study, Capitalism and Schizophrenia, Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari sought to salvage what was still vital from the Marxist and Freudian traditions, while thoroughly rethinking social and political theory and practice. This undertaking entailed an engagement with madness that went well beyond any attempt to integrate alternative perspectives within an expanded rationalism. Their willingness to take madness seriously marked a break with left-wing projects based on a rational reconstruction of the social, while also running the risk of appropriating the insights of psychiatrized people. My presentation will contend that the breakthroughs of Anti-Oedipus and A Thousand Plateaus remain largely unsurpassed, and will focus on relating the concepts of Capitalism and Schizophrenia (desire, production, rhizomes, schizoanalysis, intensities) to the themes of “madness, citizenship and social justice.”
After the Kirby Report: A Critical Dialogue
Kimberley White. Law and Society Program, York University
Out of the Shadows and Into the Spotlight: The Politics of (In)visibility and the Implementation of the Mental Health Commission of Canada
The creation of the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) was first proposed by the Standing Senate Committee in November 2005, and was reaffirmed in May 2006, when the Committee tabled its final report titled, Out of the Shadows at Last – Transforming Mental Health, Mental Illness and Addiction Services in Canada (Also known as the Kirby Report). One of the “key initiatives” that has been established as a priority for the new MHCC is the development of a national “anti-stigma campaign”