Illustrating Mental Health: Call for Papers and Makers
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Deadline Friday 05 July 2019
THE TENTH INTERNATIONAL ILLUSTRATION RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM
University of Worcester, November 8th – 9th 2019
“To the extent that I managed to translate the emotions into images– that is to say, to find the images which were concealed in the emotions– I was inwardly calmed and reassured. Had I left those images hidden in the emotions, I might have been torn to pieces by them.”
CARL JUNG, from 'Memories, Dreams and Reflections'
Carl Jung kept visual diaries documenting his personal struggles with mental illness, and Jungian analysis to this day encourages patients to document their dreams using imagery.This year’s IR symposium takes Jung’s ‘Red Book’ as a key text and asks how illustration can be used to depict, explain and help understand mental illness and related issues such as wellbeing, happiness, cognition, confusion, dreams and dementia.A key question is how can illustration represent the inner workings of the mind, through creating visual narratives that draw upon personal and collective experience of the world. A related question is how does illustration articulate complex emotional and perceptual experience, alongside and beyond spoken and written language? How can illustration – as an activity as well as its place in popular visual culture – address these issues?
GPs now prescribe creative activities as part of a government drive towards ‘arts for health’, and this has resulted in a boom in artist led services to a diverse demographic. What ethical issues should creative practitioners be aware of when working in this field? How can illustrators lead the agenda for mental health policy making?
We invite 300 word proposals for 20 minute presentations that address (but are not confined to) the following themes:
The use of illustration to depict mental health issues, for instance the use of visual metaphors and clichés
Graphic memoirs, autobiographical graphic novels on the subject of mental health
historical depictions of mental health, for example folkloric demons and medieval psychomachia
Medical illustrations of mental health conditions
Trauma illustrated / unlocking trauma
The use of illustration in art therapy
The pitfalls and ethics of illustrating other people's stories
Co-produced illustration with those with lived experience of mental health issues
Illustration as self-help, colouring books, visualisation exercises
Craft, illustration and making for wellbeing
Illustration that enables children to understand mental health issues
Illustrators working with adults with dementia
How can images help when language has left the body?
Narratives of the unconscious; psychoanalytic approaches to illustration
Archetypes in storytelling and myth as metaphor for psychological dynamics
Does contemporary image culture contribute to mental distress?
The pathologised imagination – art produced in medical or institutional contexts
We also welcome proposals for panels or round table discussions and practical workshops.
Paper Submissions: Please send 300 word proposals including name and accreditation to Desdemona McCannon [[email protected]] and Hannah Mumby [[email protected]]
DEADLINE: 5pm Friday 5th July 2019
We are also seeking proposals for an accompanying exhibition: we welcome proposals for exhibits in the form of images, artefacts and performance based work. We also welcome visualised research in the form of poster presentations.
High-resolution scans of selected artworks must be sent to us for digital printing by September 6th 2019
Please note: costs associated with non digital prints ie. Original images and objects proposed for display, for instance insurance and carriage, must be carried by the artist.
15 Apr 2019
Endelienta offers a short residency to a composer, a writer and a visual artist.