MindFreedom director David W. Oaks will be keynoting this free conference in Ohio.

when Feb 26, 2011
from 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM
where Bowling Green State University
attendees All welcome.
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Battleground States 2011


Collapsing Cultures & Darkened Dreamscapes: Societies and Imaginations in a State of Disorder


February 25-26th, 2011

Bowling Green State University

Bowling Green, OH


In eras of economic, social, and political collapse, scholars and citizens are often forced to examine the ruins of the past and work towards a unified and productive future. Where ideologies of demoralization and disunity urge us into disarray, opportunities for reconstruction exist in the interplay of imagination and social alliance.

From literature, history, and the arts, to the sciences and the study of the virtual, academics and activists are called to consider the notions of catastrophe and cultural nightmares as theoretical paradigms for the study of culture itself.

The sixth annual Battleground States Conference asks:

How do we envision, represent, and analyze societies and imaginations in a state of disorder?



Keynote Reception & Address with David W. Oaks, Director of MindFreedom International


Saturday, February 26th, 2011, 6 to 8pm


Bowen-Thompson Student Union, Room 308


“Earth vs. Normal: How the Mad Movement Challenge to the Global Psychiatric Industry May Help Us All”


The best of modern science theorizes that humanity does not have an absolute grip on reality, and that such a grip may be impossible. At the same time, scientific evidence conclusively shows that behavior widely considered “normal” threatens the fabric of Earth’s ecosystem, such as through the climate catastrophe. What can the 40-year-old Mad Pride movement led by mental health consumers and psychiatric survivors teach us all about surviving and even thriving during crises? How can we take to heart a theme of many of Martin Luther King speeches that, “Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted”?


Please visit our website for information about The Culture Club and Battleground States and the schedule for Battleground States 2011: www.battlegroundstates.org


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