In 2010, a successful PsychOut conference was held in Toronto. In 2011, another PsychOut event will be held in New York.

  • Conference
when Jun 20, 2011 09:00 AM to
Jun 21, 2011 05:00 PM
where New York City
contact name
contact phone (516) 319-4295
attendees All welcome.
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PsychOut is coming to New York! Spread the word!

PsychOut 2011 is coming to New York City. For report about successful PsychOut in May 2010 in Toronto click here:


BELOW is announcement about PsychOut 2011 in NYC.

The announcement was e-mailed to MindFreedom by PsychOut 2011 organizer Lauren Tenney (see photo below right).

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Lauren Tenney, psychiatric survivor activist from New York StateFrom: Lauren Tenney


psychOUT 2011

A conference for organizing resistance against psychiatry

June 20 & 21, 2011

Graduate Center, City University of New York, 34 Street & 5th Avenue, NYC

CALL FOR PAPERS [deadline passed]

The purpose of this global conference is to provide a forum for

psychiatric survivors, mad people, activists, radical professionals,

artists, scholars and students from around the world to come together

and share experiences of organizing against psychiatry. Dialogue about

these experiences is intended to foster networking and coalition

building across social justice movements, disciplines and geographical

locations; to clarify some key goals in the struggle against

psychiatric oppression; to develop some longer-term strategies to help

us achieve these goals; and to help us critically examine how we use

specific tools for social change, such as the law, science, theory,

media, art, and theatre.

Over the last century, proponents of biological psychiatry have used

the language of science to naturalize the medical model as an

essential way of organizing and managing human experience. In

contrast, collective resistance against the theories and interventions

of psychiatry has intensified over recent years as psychiatric

survivors, activists and community members are contesting this

institution on various political fronts.

We are seeking proposals that focus on building coalitions,

alternatives to the psychiatric industry, User and Survivor-run

alternatives, trauma informed practices, support-decision making

strategies, and learning from marginalized groups such as women, Users

and Survivors of color and indigenous people with disabilities, youth,

lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgendered people, people who are homeless and

others living in poverty, and how they resist psychiatric oppression

in different ways within a human rights framework aimed at challenging

the power of institutional psychiatry.

Submission of Papers, Workshops and Creative Presentations

This psychOUT Conference welcomes proposals on academic papers,

workshops, or creative presentation submissions that can include, but

are not limited to, the following topics:

• Language usage and the antipsychiatry movement

• Feminist organizing against psychiatry

• Anti-racism strategies

• Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,Transgendered, Questioning, Intersexed, 2

Spirited Issues on psychiatric oppression

• Resisting colonizing practices of psychiatry

• The struggle to ban electroshock: strategies, victories, mistakes

and challenges

• Forced Drugging of Children

•  Human Rights Strategies

• Resistance to Incarceration

• Forced psychiatry in the criminal justice system, jails and prisons

• Eliminating the Insanity Defense

• New Paradigm Shift: UN Convention on the Rights of People with


• Trauma Informed Approaches vs. “Mental Illness”

• Psychiatric interference and other systems in parenting.

• Psychiatric interference in nations in developing countries

• Intersections between anti-poverty movements and anti-psychiatry

• Intersections between the AIDS movements and anti-psychiatry

• Networking and coalition building across disciplines and social


• Commonalities and tensions within the antipsychiatry, psychiatric

survivor, and mad communities

• User and Survivors of Psychiatry Controlled Alternatives

• Building a global antipsychiatry movement

• Developing long-term strategies to meet antipsychiatry abolitionist


• Artistic and creative resistance

• Consciousness-raising initiatives

• Disability Rights and Law to fight for the rights of Users and

Survivors of psychiatry.

• Supporting youth against the rise of psychiatry in their lives.

• Using science to undermine psychiatric theory and practice

• Media campaigns: Challenges, obstacles and breakthroughs

• Examining movement history to inform present-day strategy and action

• Resisting the pharmaceutical industry

• Censorship

• Envisioning and creating alternatives

• Resisting the spread of psychiatric control in the community, such

as community treatment sanctions.

The due date for submissions is

January 15, 2011.

Paper abstracts, workshop or creative presentation descriptions will

be peer reviewed and should be approximately 500 words in length.

Pre-formed panel proposals are also encouraged.

Decisions will be made by February 28, 2011.

Submit your abstract to:

For questions: Lauren Tenney (516) 319-4295

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