Objects of psychiatry: Between thing-making, reification & personhood (CfP, University of Zurich, 8-11 June 2016)

Psychiatry is situated at the interface between the natural sciences, the social sciences and the humanities. The ensuing hybrid nature invites inter- and transdisciplinary research approaches. This conference aims to give a platform to such approaches asking the central question: Who or what is, becomes or constitutes psychiatry’s object? Taking its starting point from the Read the full article…

What’s Left? Personhood and Dementia (Conference, UC Berkeley, April 30 -May 1 2015)

What is it to be a “person”? What is “dementia”? Can you lose your personhood because of dementia? The neurosciences, behavioral sciences, and humanities have different ways to approach, if not definitively answer, these questions. Thursday April 30th: FilmViewing: “Alive Inside” “This stirring documentary follows social worker Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Read the full article…

Disability, mental capacity, medical humanities & the law

Next week, I will be co-running — with Jillian Craigie and Oliver Lewis — the first of two workshops that comprise a collaboration between the Centre for Medical Humanities at Durham University with the Centre for Philosophy, Justice and Health (UCL) and the international human rights NGO The Mental Disability Advocacy Center (MDAC). The closed workshops bring the medical Read the full article…