Women in the Asylum: Explorations of Injustice

10 May ‘16

4.00PM - 5.00PM
Speaker: Layla Essat

This talk brings together several months of research on the Admission Registers, Casebooks, Reports, as well as a wealth of letters and personal documents contained within the Stirling District Asylum archive.  The seminar will address questions of treatment, care, and query whether certain individuals should ever have been confined at all. The focused reading of this collection (1900-1910) through a gendered lens has helped to open it up and reveal the issues facing female inmates throughout the period.  Through evocation of individual stories and personal experiences, this talk aims to not only give voice to these silenced women but also help to expose the injustices carried out against them, and thus reveal the truth behind these so called “madwomen”.

Layla Essat is a masters student in Gender Studies at the University of Stirling.  Layla is undertaking her project placement investigating the Stirling District Asylum archive held by the University of Stirling.  An exhibition exploring the records of the archive Staring at the Ceiling Looking at the Stars is currently on display in the Art Collection in the Pathfoot Building.  For further information www.artcol.stir.ac.uk

This event is open to all and no booking is required.

 Venue: Room D1, Pathfoot Building, University of Stirling


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