Situating and Interpreting States of Mind, 1700-2000

An Interdisciplinary Conference
14-16 June 2012
Northumbria University

Keynote Speakers:

This cross-period and interdisciplinary conference seeks to situate and interpret states of mind from the eighteenth century to the twenty-first questioning how the space, place and historical context in which mental states are experienced shaped the narratives produced by individuals. Interweaving perspectives from across such disciplines as literature, history, philosophy, art history, creative writing, psychology and sociology, the conference will explore accounts of states of mind including mental illness, dreams, sleep-walking, imaginative states and self-awareness. The conference seeks to assess how these varying states of consciousness are expressed and how such narratives are influenced by historical change, continuity or the reconfiguration of these forms of expression.

We would like to invite abstracts for papers from across disciplines on the theme of the conference, particularly related, but not limited, to the following key strands:

Experience and Representation of Mental Illness

Liminal States of Mind

Self-awareness and Place

Abstracts of 300 words for 20-minute papers should be submitted no later than 31 January 2012 to the conference organisers:

[email protected] or [email protected]. Please see www.northumbria.ac.uk/statesofmind for details.