Connecting People and Ideas in the Hearing Voices Movement

Intervoice gatheringIntervoice, in partnership with Entrevoces – the Spanish Hearing Voices Network – will be hosting it’s annual ‘Intervoice Day’ on the 5th November in Madrid. This is the day before the World Congress and is open to members of the Hearing Voices Movement.

Date: 5 November 2015

Time: 9.00h

Venue: Faculty of Economics and Business Science and Tourism of UAH University (Universidad de Alcalá) – Plaza de la Victoria 2.

This venue is close to the Cathedral and can be seen on google maps here:

Theme: This day will be for celebrating voices and embracing diversity

Whilst you can be a member of the Hearing Voices Movement without joining Intervoice, the charity, we would like to encourage people to consider becoming a member of our charity to help support our work. If you would like to join, please see: Join Us.

The Intervoice Day is an excellent opportunity to hear about the development of Hearing Voices Networks across the world, sharing experiences and inspiration with others who are involved in the movement. It is provided free of charge.

If you would like to attend, please email [email protected] with:

  • Your full name
  • Where you are from
  • Your contact e-mail address
  • Whether you participate in a Hearing Voices Group or Network
  • If you would like to lead a discussion on a topic, please tell us when you register for the day

We look forward to welcoming you at this gathering.



9.00am Brief Introduction
Presentations by countries (5 mins each – Greece, Australia, Spain, Quebec, UK, Western Balkan)
10.00am 2 personal stories from Spanish voice hearers, consecutively translated
10.30am Break
11.00am Politics: Human Rights Perspective – Martin & Olga to lead
11.15am Discussion
12.00 Creating Space for Small Group Discussions
1.00pm Lunch & Networking – Cafetaria €7 per luncheon


2.30pm Plenary: Feedback from Groups – Dirk moderator
3.15pm Presentations by countries (5 mins each – 4 countries)
4.00pm Break
4.30pm Victoria Patton from Durham University Hearing The Voice Project
5.15pm Closure of the day

Dr Victoria Patton – Bio

Victoria Patton is the Project Coordinator for Hearing the Voice – a large interdisciplinary research project, based at Durham University and funded by the Wellcome Trust, which aims to provide a better understanding of what it is like to hear voices when no one is speaking. She is responsible for the day-to-day management of the project and works closely with the project co-directors, Charles Fernyhough and Angela Woods, in order to raise its profile locally, nationally and abroad. Prior to joining Durham University in 2012, Victoria worked in a series of part-time project management roles at Newcastle University. She completed her DPhil in philosophy at the University of Oxford in 2005, and has a particular interest in early modern philosophy and the philosophy of perception.

About Hearing the Voice

Hearing the Voice is an ambitious interdisciplinary research project which aims to provide a better understanding of what it is like to hear voices when no one is speaking.

Usually associated with severe mental disorders such as schizophrenia, voice-hearing is also an important aspect of many ordinary people’s lives. Our project examines this phenomenon from as many different relevant perspectives as possible. In addition to exploring the subjective experience of voice-hearing, we are investigating their underlying cognitive and neural mechanisms, and the ways in which hearing voices has been interpreted and represented in different cultural, historical and religious contexts.

Our international research team, based at Durham University in the UK, includes academics from cognitive neuroscience, cultural studies, English literature, medical humanities, philosophy, psychiatry, psychology and theology, working closely with clinicians, artists, voice-hearers and other ‘experts by experience’.

Hearing the Voice was funded by a Strategic Award from the Wellcome Trust between 2012-2015. We have recently been awarded a Wellcome Trust Collaborative Award in Humanities and Social Science to continue our research into voice-hearing until 2020.




Twitter: @hearingvoice

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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