The School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

Crisis and Meaning: Intersections of Humanities and Mental Health

About the Symposium

Friday, April 5, 2024 in Hoboken, NJ

The School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Stevens Institute of Technology is inviting proposals for participation in a one-day symposium, "Crisis and Meaning: Intersections of Humanities and Mental Health," focusing on the ways in which humanities and mental health discourses inflect one another.

Part of the Campus Point Connection series, this symposium will be open to scholars, students, and the general public and will offer key insights into the power of the humanities, arts and social sciences to help us make sense of the human experience, the human mind, and our turbulent times.

The symposium will be held on Friday, April 5, 2024 on Steven Institute of Technology's campus.

Call for Proposals

We welcome a wide range of submissions for 20-minute presentations from a variety of humanistic and scientific perspectives on mental health, including approaches in literature, philosophy, history, arts, social sciences, psychology, psychiatry, and interdisciplinary fields. Topics could include but are not limited to the following:

  • Literary and artistic representations of mental illness and/or treatment

  • Intersections between psychiatry, psychology, and aesthetics in literature, art, music, and performing arts

  • Applications of literary and artistic expression in mental illness treatment

  • The role of humanities and social sciences in identifying and articulating mental health struggles at the individual or population level

  • Historical and/or sociological approaches to understanding mental health issues

  • Cognitive or neurological approaches to the human experience of literary, musical, or artistic expression

  • Medical humanities approaches to understanding or treating psychological pain

  • Current communities in mental health crisis and how to help them

The symposium will take place on Friday, April 5, 2024 on the Stevens campus in Hoboken, New Jersey. Interested scholars should submit a presentation title and 250-word abstract by Monday, February 12, 2024.

For questions, please contact Jennifer McBryan at [email protected].

The School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences