Exhaustion (One day workshop, University of Kent, Friday 25 October 2013)

Friday, 25 October, Cathedral Lodge, Canterbury
Funded by the Wellcome Trust
Organised by Anna Katharina Schaffner

This interdisciplinary conference explores different medical, psychological and socio-political narratives on the origins of and cures for exhaustion. Experts from diverse disciplines (including psychiatrists, psychologists, social scientists, occupational health specialists, literary scholars and filmmakers) will talk about different diagnoses that entail exhaustion as one of their core symptoms, the different forms exhaustion can take, its history and the wider issues that are at stake in theories of its aetiologies and effects.


9.15 – 9.30                 Conference Registration

9.30 – 9.45                 Dr Anna Katharina Schaffner (Senior Lecturer, Comparative Literature, University of Kent) WELCOME

9.45 – 10.45                Prof. Sir Simon Wessely (Professor of Psychological Medicine, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London) A Short History of Exhaustion

10.45 – 11.15              Dr Jenny Laws (Post-Doctoral Research Assistant, Department of Geography and Centre for Medical Humanities, University of Durham) Exhaustion, Energy and the Active Patient

11.15 – 11.45            Coffee Break

11.45 – 12.15              Chris Dooks (Artist, Documentary Film Maker, PhD Candidate at the School of Creative and Cultural Industries, University of the West of Scotland) The M.E.thodologies of the Fragmented Filmmaker

12.15 – 12.45              Dr Julian Childs (Research Fellow, School of Psychology and Anna Freud Centre, University College London) “Do You Want Me to Be Perfect?” Socially Prescribed Perfectionism, Stress and Burnout in the Workplace

12.45 – 2.00            Lunch Break

2.00 – 2.30                  Prof. Dr Wilmar Schaufeli (Professor of Work and Organisational Psychology, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Utrecht University) Are Exhaustion and Burnout Redundant Concepts?

2.30 – 3.00                 Greta Wagner (Research Fellow, Institute of Sociology, Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität Frankfurt Exhaustion and the Competitive Society

3.00 – 3.30                  Dr Angela Woods (Lecturer in Medical Humanities, Centre for Medical Humanities, Durham University) Exhaustion and Depression                                       

3.30 – 4.00              Coffee Break

4.00 – 4.30                  Dr Felicity Callard (Senior Lecturer in Social Science for Medical Humanities, Centre for Medical Humanities, Durham University) The Brain “At Rest”: When Rest is Far from Restful

4.30 – 5.00                  Dr Michael Greaney (Senior Lecturer in English, Department of English and Creative Writing, Lancaster University) Exhaustion and Modernist Literature

5.30 – 6.00               Round Table Discussion

Conference Venue, Costs and Registration Details: The conference will take place at the Cathedral Lodge in Canterbury (right next to the Cathedral, CT1 2EH). The conference fee for delegates is £25 (which includes coffee and tea) or £35 (which includes coffee and tea and a buffet lunch). If you would like to attend, please get in touch with Anna Katharina Schaffner as soon as possible (and before Wednesday, 16 October) – places are limited!

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