Welcome to the Madness ~ Probing the Boundaries research and publishing project. This inter-, multi- and trans-disciplinary project seeks to explore issues of madness across historical periods and within cultural, political and social contexts. We are also interested in exploring the place of madness in persons and interpersonal relationships and across a range of critical perspectives. Seeking to encourage innovative inter, multi and post disciplinary dialogues, we warmly welcome participation from all disciplines, professions and vocations which struggle to understand the place of madness in the constitution of persons, relationships and the complex interlacing of self and other.

The project will critically engage with a number of core themes:

  • the value of madness
  • why is it we need madness?
  • the passion of madness
  • the boundaries of madness
  • lunatics and the asylum
  • power, politics and madness
  • creativity and madness
  • unrestrained and boundless: liberating madness
  • the lessons of madness
  • the spaces of madness

Related themes will also be identified for development and exploration. Out of our deliberations it is anticipated that a series of related cross context research projects will develop.