Madzines and the struggle for social justice

Date and time
Wednesday 22 May 2024 - 4.00pm - 5.30pm BST
Room: Scholars restaurant, Foster building
University of Central Lancashire, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2HE
Madzines and the struggle for social justice information
Entry fee: Free
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The PACT Institute is delighted to invite you to an in-person event to explore ideas about how ‘zines’ might help facilitate transitional justice for people who feel harmed by their contact with mental health services

Professor Hel Spandler and Dr Jill Anderson will share their Wellcome funded research project, ‘Crafting contention, the role of zines in challenging mental health knowledge and practice’.

Madzines are defined in the project as:

  • Not-for-profit, low budget, self-published and/or low circulation booklets, graphic memoirs, comics or other visual narratives.
  • Usually created by people with lived experience of mental ill-health, neurodiversity, psychosocial disability and/or other conditions that have been psychiatrised.
  • Crafts contention about mental health knowledge and practice.

We are holding an in-person event in contrast to the many online fora over the last few years. In-person events are more congruent with zine cultures and we hope to bring people together to engage with madzines as material objects with agency, different to digital media.

It will be an opportunity to meet the team and to look at some of the zines they’ve made and collected, including exploring their portable madzines library (or libraries!).

The session will be both a celebration of the project and a chance to think about next steps.

The event is free to attend and open to everyone. It may be of particular interest to academics, individuals living with, and organisations addressing mental health issues.

It will also be of benefit to people interested in zines and other creative methods.

The project is funded by a Wellcome Investigator award. You can find more information at the Madzine project’s website. 

About the team

Professor Hel Spandler is Professor of Mental Health at UCLan, Principal Investigator of the ‘Crafting contention’ project, and editor of Asylum, the radical mental health magazine.

Dr Jill Anderson, Researcher, UCLan, and CCrAMHP (Critical and Creative Approaches to Mental Health Practice) in Lancaster.

Tamsin Walker, PhD researcher on the Madzines project.

About PACT

PACT hosts regular seminars and events to publicise and share research findings and work in progress from its constituent research centres at UCLan with academics, external partners and the general public.

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