The Humanities and Mental Health Research Network in Nottingham.

Current projects



  1. International schizophrenia research and the analytically derived concept of patient-centeredness
  2. Socio-historical constructions of mental disorder
  3. Use of the examination of anomalous subjective experience (ease) instrument to provide an alternative phenomenological account of psychotic experiences
  4. The concept of experience in the philosophy of Adorno
  5. Systematic review of phenomenologically based interventions in the treatment of acute psychosis
  6. Prevalence survey of philosophy teaching on postgraduate training courses in psychiatry, psychology and nursing
  7. An immanent criticism approach to the disconnectivity hypothesis in ontological reductionist accounts of schizophrenia


Speaker list for the third HUMAN seminar series


Welcome to the third seminar series organized by HUMAN, the Humanities and Mental Health Research Network in Nottingham. We are hoping to consolidate the success of our second series with a program of speakers and seminars which reflects the growing diversity and interests of our attendees.

We very much hope that you can join us for what promises to be a stimulating series of cross-disciplinary talks.

Venue: The Delta Suite, First Floor, University of Nottingham Staff Club, University of Nottingham Main Campus (best accessed via the North Entrance off the Derby Road).

NB – The October seminar is a joint undertaking with the Nottingham Mental Health Alliance to mark Nottingham Mental Health Awareness Weeks. The venue for this one-off seminar will be Life@the Centre, 22 Lower Parliament St (Opposite Victoria Centre, Boots). All other seminars will be held at the University Staff Club.

Date: First Wednesday of the month (with the exception of October and April).

Time: 1730 – 1930 (seminars start at 1800: there will be a 45 minute presentation followed by 45 minutes for discussion).

Please note that all the seminars are free of charge and open to all. Refreshments provided.





18th October 2006

Dr Dan Fisher, Director of the National Empowerment Center, Lawrence, Massachusetts, USA

‘Recovery and empowerment for everyone’

1st November 2006

Professor Peter Kinderman, Chair of Clinical Psychology, University of Liverpool

‘A psychological perspective on reforms to the Mental Health Act’

6th December 2006

Professor Ian Parker, Chair of Psychology, Manchester Metropolitan University

‘Emotional illiteracy and masculinisation: Margins of resistance’

10th January 2007

Dr Bob Diamond, Clinical Psychologist, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

‘Community psychology: Is it possible to be critical and helpful?’

3rd February 2007

Dr Ilina Singh, Wellcome Trust University Lecturer in Bioethics and Society, London School of Economics


7st March 2007

Professor Patrick Callaghan, Chair of Mental Health Nursing, University of Nottingham

‘Artaud, madness, and the absence of work’

18th April 2007

Piers Allott, NIMHE Recovery Fellow

‘Recovering and valuing the experience of mental distress – a challenge for us all’

2nd May 2007

Professor Martin Halliwell, Chair of American Studies, University of Leicester

‘Psychoanalysis and 1940s American films’

6th June 2007

Professor Richard Wilkinson, Chair of Social Epidemiology, University of Nottingham

‘The psychosocial and behavioural effects of greater inequality’

4th July 2007




We are currently confirming speakers for the remainder of the series (due to run until July 2007), and will update you with our progress in due course.

We are very keen to encourage participation at a local level, so if you are from Nottinghamshire, have an interesting thesis or idea within the humanities and mental health arena, and are prepared to speak about it in public, please contact Tim Calton via the mailing form on this website to discuss your possible participation.


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