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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.


  • Dan Jackson Yang
    Recovery is a long, windy (Guthrie) Street by Dan Jackson-Yang
    20th May 2018
    Eclectic Articles, Mad World
    Hello Ragged University Readers!  I am currently in the midst of a sort of...
  • Asylum
    Critical Reflections On Being A Researcher Service User by Dina Poursanidou
    20th December 2012
    Mad World
    My name is Dina Poursanidou and I will be speaking as someone who is...
  • Inspector Cleusau
    Diagnostic Overshadowing and Psychiatric Diagnoses
    5th June 2015
    Mad World
    The Mad World art exhibition is an aggregation of work by artists, groups, psychologists,...
  • 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...
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    Photo Collection: Mad World Exhibition 2017
    17th September 2018
    Mad World, Photo Galleries, Ragged Arts
    This is a collection of photos showing the work which was brought together that...
  • 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...

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