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Dr Adrian Chapman

Dr Adrian Chapman

Wellcome Trust Visiting Fellow



Ordinarily, I work in London where I teach British Literature and Rhetoric and Composition to students at the London centres of Florida State University and Fordham University. From April to the end of August 2016, however, I was up in Glasgow as a Wellcome Trust-funded Visiting Fellow carrying out research centred on the archive of R. D. Laing, the radical psychiatrist and countercultural figure.

I’ve published on Laing in Literature and Medicine and PsyArt journal, and have had verse published by Glasgow University in a small publication that came out of an event entitled “Encountering R. D. Laing’s Archive” in 2014. I have work upcoming, too, in The Journal of Medical Humanities.

Most recently, I have been writing on Laing’s one-time collaborator and the inventor of the term “anti-psychiatry”, David Cooper; and on Mary Barnes’ and Joseph Berke’s Mary Barnes: Two Accounts of a Journey Through Madness.

During my fellowship, I’m hosting an outreach event on Laing [insert hyperlink: http://www.antiuniversity.org/If-I-Could-Turn-You-On-If-I-Could-Drive-You-Out-of-Your-Wretched-Mind] and I’ll be discussing my research at two conferences: the 33rd international conference on Psychology and The Arts at the University of Reims Champagne-Ardennes; and the London Literary Society’s Conference at Senate House, Bloomsbury.

Do get in touch with me if you’d like to discuss R. D. Laing and the radical psychiatry associated with him in the 60s and 70s.




  • College of Arts, School of Critical Studies
  • Medical Humanities Research Centre