Try Walking in My Shoes: Empathy and Portrayals of Mental Illness on Screen

A key theme of the symposium is the emotion of empathy. Speakers are invited to examine the ways in which the viewer’s empathy is elicited (or not) by the portrayals of mental illness on screen. In addressing this theme, paper/workshop topics may include, but are not limited to:

A key theme of the symposium is the emotion 

of empathy. Speakers are invited to

examine the ways in which the

viewer’s empathy is elicited

•    The role of acting and performance in the portrayal of mental illness on screen
•    Conventions of genre and/or commercial considerations
•    Narrative and stylistic techniques eg. sound, music, mis-en-scene
•    The socio-historical context in which these portrayals are produced
•    Issues of stigma and stereotypes that are perpetuated and/or challenged by screen portrayals of mental illness
•    The relation between screen portrayals of mental illness and other forms of visual culture
•    The ways in which gender, sexuality, class or race impact upon the representation and/or interpretation of mental illness
•    The portrayal of psychiatry/psychology on screen
•    The impact of screen portrayals on the lived experience of mental illness