Jayasree is also a member of the Survivor History Group (part of our sub-networks)


Dr Jayasree Kalathil is a survivor researcher, writer and translator, and runs the virtual collective Survivor Research. She is particularly interested in decolonising knowledge in the context of madness, and ensuring that the voices of racialised and post-colonial diasporic communities remain valid and validated in knowledge making. She was a manager of Catch-a-Fiya, the national BME user/survivor network hosted by the Afiya Trust, and led on taking this work forward through the Reigniting the Space project. Jayasree has supported NSUN since 2008 when the work that became known as ‘Dancing to our own tunes: Reassessing black and minority ethnic mental health service user involvement’ began. She has published widely both in academic and non-academic spaces. Her translation of Kerala writer N Prabhakaran’s novellas, Diary of a Malayali Madman, won the prestigious Crossword Books Jury Award for Indian Language Translation in 2020. Jayasree is currently mapping the history of user/survivor activism by people from African, African Caribbean and Asian communities in the UK.

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