How do documentary images influence attitudes to mental illness and psychiatry? How effective is documentary film and photography in promoting public knowledge about contemporary psychiatry-related and mental healthcare practices? Are documentary filmmakers invariably preoccupied with stories that 'entertain' or shock at the expense of investigating the structural complexities of mental illness and its treatment in society?
Can documentary filmmaking - especially, in its personal, expository, and educational forms - play a significant role in mental healthcare pedagogy, and therapy? How do these issues apply to relations between political conflict-related mental illness and trauma in contemporary Northern Ireland and its documentary representations?
This research project explores how documentary film and photography responds to mental illness as a social issue, and as a cultural metaphor, with particular reference to N. Ireland. The project encourages broad engagement from researchers, clinical and creative practitioners, relevant policy-makers, and other interested individuals.
This inagural event is co-hosted by the School of Creative Arts, the School of Medicine, Dentistry, and Biomedical Science, and the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Justice.
Queen's Film Theatre Belfast, BT7 1NN
Tel: +44 (0)28-90-973677
Professor of Film and Media Studies and an affiliated faculty member of the Department of Feminist Studies and the Comparative Literature Program.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry; Co-Director, Program for Recovery and Community Health; Principal Investigator, CMHC Citizenship Project.
Sam Emmery worked as a producer on the feature-length documentary A Very British Gangster, which was selected to play in competition at the Sundance Film Festival before being released theatrically.
Reader in International Relations and Cultural Studies (PhD Keele)
Director: MA International Relations
Dr Carlsten is interested in Irish and Northern Irish cinema, and more broadly in questions of national cinema, cultural memory, and emotion. Her PhD research considered the ways in which film engages with narratives of personal and national loss.
School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work - Senior Lecturer
Contemporary Social Issues and Policy