Mad studies is an umbrella term – spanning a field of scholarship and activism.
It foregrounds the lived experience of people who may identify as mad, mentally ill, psychiatric survivors, consumers, service users, patients, neurodiverse or disabled. As a field, Mad Studies is both ‘new’ and a continuation of previous radical scholarship in the mental health field – both in the UK and in other parts of the world. The purpose and direction of Mad Studies is still evolving, and different scholars have different emphases and priorities.
Introducing Mad Studies – by Brenda Le Francois and Robert Menzies
Mad Studies: what is is and why you should care – by Lucy Costa
The Rise of Mad Studies by Alex Gillis
Who is Included in the Mad Studies Project? – by Helen Spandler and Dina Poursanidou
Organisations and Initiatives
Mad Studies courses