Philosophy and Psychiatry: the Next Hundred Years
The St Catz Colloquium
Making Change Happen
St Catherine’s College, Oxford
July 25 and 26, 2013
As the third of three forward-looking symposia marking the centenary of Karl Jaspers’ General Psychopathology, the St Catz Colloquium is now open for expressions of interest and submission of abstracts.
The St Catz Colloquium will examine key aspects of how philosophy and psychiatry working together can make change happen. There will be four main sessions over two days
- Making Change Happen in Philosophy
The first session will explore how policy, research and practice in mental health, including first hand narrative reports of people who use services, can support research in philosophy
- Making Change Happen Nationally
The second session will present the other side of the coin: it will explore through a series of case studies how philosophy can influence policy, research and practice in mental health
- Making Change Happen in the Sciences
Rather as in physics, progress in the sciences underpinning psychiatry depends (in part) on conceptual as well as on observational/empirical research. This third session will therefore explore the role of philosophy both in traditional areas of psychiatric science such as psychoanalysis and in the newer cognitive and neurosciences
- Making Change Happen Globally
Modern philosophy of psychiatry owes its success to its development thus far as a genuinely international discipline and it is on this aspect of the future of the field that we will focus in the final session of the colloquium.
Sessions will be interactive with brief formal presentations and plenty of time for sharing ideas and experience. The colloquium is free (including coffee, lunch and tea) but there will be a charge for overnight accommodation if you wish to stay at St Catherine’s College and for attendance at the conference dinner (on the Thursday evening). Details of charges will be announced in the New Year. A small number of bursaries will be available to help with accommodation for students and those who are unwaged
If you are interested in attending the colloquium please send an email to Bill Fulford and Matthew Parrott by January 28th 2013 – we will respond by February 14th 2013. Your email should include: (i) a short biographical statement (maximum 100 words) explaining your interest in attending, (ii) telephone and email contact details, (iii) If you would like to submit a contribution for one of the sessions please also include a title and brief abstract (maximum 200 words) describing the research or other materials you would like to present, the session with which you feel it would fit best, and your preferred mode of presentation (ie as a formal paper (maximum 20 minutes), informally in discussion, or as a poster or other hand-out materials)
Applications are welcome both from philosophers and from those with practical experience of mental health issues (including but not limited to clinicians, patients and carers, scientists, managers and policy makers).
There is no restriction as to seniority but among those submitting abstracts preference may be given to younger academics, post-docs and graduate students.