International conference on The Social Pathologies of Contemporary Civilization

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The Utzon Center, Aalborg Denmark 11:15 :: 28th October 2010

International conference on The Social Pathologies of Contemporary Civilization***
Date: Thursday 28th – Friday 29th October 2010
Venue: The Utzon Center, Aalborg Denmark

This conference addresses various interconnections between psychiatry and society. It does so by focusing on how contemporary epidemics, diseases, illnesses and medical syndromes are related to cultural pathologies of the collective social body, and how the body politic is related to the transformation and social embedding of psychiatric thinking. The central research hypothesis guiding the conference is that contemporary epidemics are to be analysed in the light of radical changes in our civilization and of the social hegemonization of the biomedical and psychiatric perspective. A particular focus of the conference is the role of humanities and social sciences, particularly sociology, philosophy and anthropology, in helping to understand the connection between social transformations and psychiatric perceptions of health & well-being.
Keynote Speakers
The conference brings together a panel of international experts to address these themes. Amongst our keynote speakers are:

• Alain Ehrenberg, Professor of Sociology, Université Paris Decartes, France
• Harvie Fergusson, Professor of Sociology, University of Glasgow, Scotland
• Charles Medawar, Social Audit, London, England
• Lennart Nørreklit, Professor of Philosophy, Aalborg University, Denmark
• Gerda Reith, Professor of Social Science, University of Glasgow, Scotland
• Arpad Szakolczai, Professor of Sociology, University College Cork, Ireland
• Richard Wilkinson, Emeritus Professor of Social Epidemiology, University of Nottingham, England


Danish Centre for Philosophy and Science Studies, the working group on Psychiatry & Society, Department of Sociology, Social Work and Organization, Aalborg University, Denmark, and the School of Sociology & Philosophy, UCC, Ireland.
09.00-11.15 Registration: Coffee and Tea will be served
11.15-11.30 Opening address
11.30-12.45 Keynote Speaker: Richard Wilkinson 'Social Pathologies and Inequality'
12.45-13.30 Lunch Break
13.45-16.00 Paper sessions – 3 parallel of 4 papers each
16.15-17.30 Keynote Speaker: Alain Ehrenberg ‘On the Notion of Social Pathology’
17.30-17.45 Coffee and Tea Break
17.45-19.00 Keynote Speaker: Charles Medawar ‘Intimations of Pharmageddon’
20.00 Dinner
08.30-10.30 Paper sessions – 3 parallel of 4 papers each: Coffee and tea will be served.
10.45-12.00 Keynote Speaker: Gerda Reith ‘Pathological gambling and the excesses of consumption’
12.00-12.45 Lunch Buffet
13.00-15.00 Paper sessions – 3 parallel of 4 papers each
15.15-17.00 Plenary: Harvie Ferguson and Arpad Szakolczai “The Social Pathologies of
Contemporary Civilization”
17.00-17.15 Coffee and Tea Break
17.15-18.15 Closing Keynote Speaker: Lennart Nørreklit ‘Social change, Precarity and Quality of Life’
18.30-20.00 Guided tour through Aalborg City
20.00 Drinks reception

Early registration (registration prior to August 1st 2010): 1670 DKK (225 EUR)
Standard fee (registration after 1st August 2010): 2020 DKK (272 EUR)
Student fee (without dinner): 1000 DKK (135 EUR)
Please observe that students can only participate with a paper


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