This is an interview with Sonia Soans, part of the Asylum magazine collective which is a platform for democratic psychiatry. Having experience in clinical psychology and teaching in India, she has focused her study on gendered representations of addiction. Having recently finished her PhD in Manchester, she regularly contributes to critical psychiatry as she helps bring together the new editions of Asylum magazine. Read more
Helen Spandler is an academic who has been involved in Asylum magazine for a number of years. Asylum magazine is a publication which brings together many alternative and challenging perspectives on psychiatry to raise discussions surrounding the idea of mental health.
Come along to The Counting House at 7pm for talks by Eli Anderson and Dina Poursanidou. Enjoy meeting someone new and sharing a crust of bread
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(This talk draws on endless conversations with Helen Spandler who I am deeply grateful to for helping me reflect on difficult matters…)
How I became involved with the Asylum magazine and what such involvement has meant for me: a journey through madness and back by Dina Poursanidou
My first encounter with the Asylum magazine occurred in the spring of 2010 – when the magazine was relaunched after a 3-year break. I was introduced to Asylum by Helen (Spandler), a friend and colleague from the University of Central Lancashire and member of the Asylum editorial collective, and I have been reading it religiously ever since. In the autumn of 2011 Helen asked me whether I would be interested in being involved in the Asylum editorial collective, stressing that ‘the collective is open to anyone who wants to help produce and develop the magazine, working in a spirit of equality’. I was pleased to be asked and I have been a member of the collective for about a year. Read more