Since 2010, the conference entitled The Social Pathologies of Contemporary Civilization has taken place. The first one was in Aalborg, Denmark – and since then the conference has been
held in several other places in Europe.
Presently the organizing team consists of Kieran Keohane (University College Cork, Ireland), Anders Petersen (Aalborg University, Denmark), Bert van den Bergh (The Hague University
of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands), Domonkos Sik (University Eötvös Loránd Budapest, Hungary) and Sabine Flick (Hochschule Fulda, Germany).
The main objectives of the conference have always been to address
various interconnections between psychiatry and society. The conferences have done 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 conferences 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 conferences have been the role of humanities and social sciences, particularly sociology, philosophy, psychology and anthropology, in helping to understand the connection between social
transformations and psychiatric perceptions of health & well-being.
In the previous conferences we have been fortunate enough to attract acclaimed keynote speakers such as:
- Alain Ehrenberg, Professor of
Sociology, Université Paris Decartes, France.
- Harvie Fergusson, Professor of Sociology, University of Glasgow, Scotland.
- Richard Wilkinson, Emeritus Professor of Social Epidemiology, University of Nottingham, England.
Tester, Professor of Sociology, Hull University, England.
- Ruth Levitas, Professor of Sociology, School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies. University of Bristol, England.
- Dany-Robert Dufour, Professor of Philosophy, University
of Paris, France.
- Renata Salecl, Senior Researcher at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.
- Jan Slaby, Professor of Philosophy, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.
- Ilina Singh, Professor of Neuroscience & Society, Oxford
- Allan V. Horwitz, Professor of Sociology, Rutgers University, US.
- Matthew Ratcliffe, Professor of Philosophy, University of Vienna, Austria.
- Hartmut Rosa, Professor of Sociology, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität
- Thomas Fuchs, Professor for Philosophical Foundations of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University Clinic Heidelberg, Germany.
- Alan Blum, Senior Scholar at York University, England.
- Chris Rojek, Professor
of Sociology, University of London, England.
2018 The Social Pathologies of Contemporary Civilization
See this site, tab Cork 2018
The Social Pathologies of Contemporary Civilization - Frankfurt
See this site, tab Frankfurt 2017
2015 The Social Pathologies of Contemporary Civilization - Aalborg
2014 The Social Pathologies of Contemporary Civilization
2013 The Social Pathologies of Contemporary Civilization - Copenhagen
2012 The Social Pathologies of Contemporary Civilization - Hull
2011 The Social Pathologies of Contemporary Civilization - Cork
2010 The Social Pathologies of Contemporary Civilization