Connecting People and Ideas in the Hearing Voices Movement

6 – 7 November 2015
Parador Colegios, 8. 28801, Alacala de Henares, Madrid

Please note, this congress is now fully booked. It is hosted by Entre Voces (

You can find out more about the free Intervoice Day (that still has available spaces) here: Intervoice Day 5 November

Intervoice is an international network with hundreds of groups in over 25 countries. It engages in study, education and research into the phenomenon of hearing voices. Together with other unusual psychic experiences, this phenomenon has been and still is largely ignored by social conventions and by most mainstream psychiatric practices and approaches.

LogoOn 6-7 November, talks and workshops will provide ideas for addressing mental suffering from the stand- point of the lives of the sufferers, in the knowledge that this phenomenon is exacerbated by the current context of social crisis and austerity. This congress will put for- ward the need to build collective strategies to address the issue and safe spaces where it can be shared.

View: Congress programme (english and spanish)

Download: 2015 Congress Programme

Friday November 6th

8-8.45h: Registration of the participants.
Collecting the head- phones for the simultaneous translation ENG-SPA

9-9.30h: Welcome and opening of the Congress:

  • Marius Romme (Netherlands), founder member of Intervoice.
  • Olga runciman (Dinamarca), member of Intervoice’s board.
  • Paula Tomé (españa), Member of Entrevoces.


9.30h: Denigrating voices, social context and the art of disobedience. Fernando Alonso. entrevoces (españa).

10.00h: Navigating the Space Between Brilliance and Madness: Stor- ies and Lessons From the North American Mad Movement. Martín Téllez (españa) y Sascha Altman (usa). co-founder Icarus project.

10.30-11.30: Dialogue with the audience


12.30h: Austerity, corruption and mental health. Will Hall. madness radio (USA).

13h: Anatomy of an Epidemic: History, Science, and the Long-term Effects of Psychiatric Drugs. Robert Whitaker. Mad in America (USA)

13.30-14.30: Dialogue with the audience.

Saturday November 7th


9h: Don Quixote in the era of neurodiversity: from neuro-self to collective construction. Angel Martínez Hernáez. Universidad Rovira i Virgili (España)

9.30h: New ways of social participation: the pro-comunization of the body and the health. Assumpció Pié. Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (España)

10h: Voice hearing experience, embodiment and culture. Bhargavi Davar. Bapu Trust (India)

10.30-11.30: Dialogue with the audience.


12.30h: Riding psych disorder trough history’s abyss: lost generation’s comeback. From the maze of psychological irrelevance to transgenerational justice. Ute Maria Kraemer. Hearing Voices Network (UK)

13h: The Extended Therapy Room. Carina Hakansson. Family Care Foundation (Sweden)

13.30-14.30: Dialogue with the audience and conclusions.

Intervoice was set up to support the International Hearing Voices Movement, celebrating the diversity and creativity within it. We do what we can to share information and connect people with groups, networks and resources.

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World Hearing Voices Day Postcard