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Mental Health

further exploration into madness in academics

caelinfoley's picture

reading the "Mad at School: Rhetorics of Mental Disability and Academic Life" reminded me of "The Collected Schizophrenias Essays" by Esme Weijun Wang, so i wanted to talk more about the presence of mental illness/madness and how it affects our experiences in academics. Esme Wang's chapter, "Yale Will Not Save You", details how her experience at Yale defined her as a schizoaffective person, and how, eventually, the misdiagnosis of Bipolar disorder, the hesitancy to treat and medicate, and the pushout of mentally ill students led to her suicidal and out of school.

Stop being a capitalist. Just go to sleep.

Bella's picture

I talked about this a bit in my breakout room last night and I might talk about it in my final project, but I thought I'd share it in a post in case I end up going in a different direction with my paper.

I saw a tweet a few days ago and I've been thinking a lot about it ever since. The tweet reads, "we don't talk enough about the imposter syndrome / burnout crossover when you don't think you are allowed to feel burnout. not to be earnest but it's something I've experienced and something I've observed in my friends in the past. you're burnt out but you don't believe you've done enough or, for lack of a better word, earned it."

SJ Fowler

My work with Poem Brut has been in its curating, in publishing a series of books and in presenting a series of performances. If I see any of that activity as my commission, it is my performances, to be found These live works form a body of work exploring the principles of the project in living space. What is a mess between people? What is a conversation relating against its own expectation?

Patrick Cosgrove

Since 2017 I have had the privilege of being involved with Steve Fowler’s Poem Brut project. Alongside exhibiting works, I have engaged in performances exploring the interaction of material, sound and semi-ritualistic processes. Originally no conscious intent or theoretical agenda lay behind them - what drove these performances was instinct, affect and an inclination towards uncensored creation.