The University of Newcastle, Australia


The Future of Madness network will operate as a collective of scholars sharing a common purpose including professorial, lecturer and senior lecturers, HDR students and research fellows. It will be led by Professor Catharine Coleborne from 2020 and evolve to build capacity and leadership. The first event was a Roundtable in June 2019: Histories of Mental Health, Institutions, Spaces and Places of Care. This event showcased 8 sessions with individual research presentations, discussions about intersecting research interests, methodologies, and plans, and determined the Network’s foci and identity.

Professor Catharine Coleborne

Professor Coleborne is an internationally recognised historian of health and medicine with an extensive portfolio of research, teaching, administration and academic leadership. Her research and publishing in the histories of mental health, families, illness, colonial worlds and medical institutions, as well as in law and history, has attracted world-wide attention.

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Dr Elizabeth Roberts-Pedersen

Elizabeth Roberts-Pedersen is an ARC DECRA Fellow whose research focuses on the cultural and social histories of warfare in the modern world and, increasingly, the broader history of psychiatry, psychiatric patients and treatment regimes.

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Dr Effie Karageorgos

Effie's research is in the social history of war, focusing on military psychiatry and soldiering during the South African and Vietnam Wars. She has a PhD from Flinders University, and her monograph is entitled Australian Soldiers in South Africa and Vietnam: Words from the Battlefield (Bloomsbury Academic, 2016).

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Dr James Dunk

Dr Dunk is an historian of medicine and colonialism. His research is at the juncture between political, cultural, and intellectual history, exploring the ways that mental illness, especially, reveals the history of societies.

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Robyn Dunlop

Robyn Dunlop is a PhD candidate in History at the University of Newcastle. Robyn's research focuses on the history of community psychiatry, with a special interest in mental health services in Newcastle (1960s-1980s) and their impacts. Her research draws upon archival sources and oral histories.

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Dr Rebecca Mclaughlan

An expert in architectural design and theory, Dr Rebecca McLaughlan’s research shows a fascinating link between the built environment, our experiences of healthcare and a patient’s physical and emotional wellbeing.

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Dr Ann Hardy

As a Historian and Co-ordinator of the GLAMx Living Histories Digitisation Lab, Ann has a strong commitment to historical and archival research of the Hunter region, collaborating with communities and cultural groups to develop new knowledge. Her key research areas are Newcastle's 'Coal River', Australian 'asylums', health history, Indigenous histories, and interested in the association between cultural heritage and well-being.

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