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Mad World Archive

The importance of oral history

The way we deal with behaviour is a major issue of our time as we increasingly encounter the medicalisation of people for the way they feel and act.  This online resource is a public collection where people own their own knowledge in respect to psychiatry, psychology and sociology.


This is the Mad World Archive – a collection of critical perspectives in the area of Mad Studies. Drawing on Action Research, the archive is a collection of people’s authentic personal accounts, ideas, work, opinions and experiences as they have chosen to define them….


Anonymous or named, you are welcome to contribute too.


Many and much has inspired the creation of this archive including Asylum magazine, Mad Peoples History, Oor Mad History project in the Lothians, and the Mad Matters textbook which was brought together around this emerging area of study. But specially, it is Dr Steve Tilley who shared a talk through the Ragged University which instigated the creation of this public resource… Thank you Steve.


  • Sara Ryan
    Podcast: Sara Ryan Keynote: What the fuckwhatery? Disability studies, activism and the continuing denial of the human
    28th March 2017
    Mad World
    Sara Ryan is the Research Director in the Health Experiences Research Group at the...
  • Dr Diamond photographed the patients in his asylum
    Inspector Rosenhan Visits The Asylum
    14th May 2015
    Eclectic Articles, Mad World, Poverty
    As part of the Mad World exhibition which examined missing voices from the story...
    Asylum Magazine
    27th July 2012
    Eclectic Articles, Interesting Projects, Mad World
    ASYLUM magazine is an international forum for free debate, open to anyone with an...
  • Eric Fromm
    From Notes About The Findings of Abraham Maslow and Manfred Max Neef on Needs by David Seagrave
    4th April 2016
    Mad World
    These eminent psychologists analyses the needs of people worldwide their findings concur with those...
  • Vaudeville bill poster
    28th June 2017: Asylum Magazine 30th Anniversary Conference Party
    25th June 2017
    Mad World, Ragged Talks
    Please come and help us celebrate the 30th anniversary conference of 'Asylum Magazine for...
    Asylum Conference Poster: European Network for Democratic Mental Health; Argument of the meeting on the situation in Greece, Thessaloniki 05/25/2017
    7th June 2017
    Mad World
    Greece has become a laboratory for neoliberal policies of the European Union. The brutal...

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