AHP readers will be interested in a new open-access piece in the American Historical Review: “Seeing Madness in the Archives,” Ariel Mae Lambe. Abstract:
What does it mean for the historian to be silent about mental illness in her life and also to perceive silence about mental illness in the archives? This essay explores the significance of the historian seeing mental illness and ableism in the historical archive, in her family history, and in herself. It examines the significance of mad identity for the historian, her historical subjects, and the discipline of history more broadly. It celebrates breaking the silence ableism inflicts and asserting madness.