Medical Humanities at King’s College London: An Integrative Meeting

When: 30th June and 1st July 2014
Where: Royal College of Physicians of London

Since 2009 the Centre for the Humanities and Health (CHH) at King’s has conducted a multi-stranded research programme entitled ‘The Boundaries of Illness’ funded by the Wellcome Trust. The programme has consisted of six distinct yet overlapping strands of work grounded in a variety of disciplines:
• Distress and disorder (philosophy and psychiatry)
• Concepts of health (philosophy)
• Nursing and identity: Crossing borders (nursing, literature and film studies)
• Cultural and historical forces in psychiatric diagnoses (psychiatry, history of medicine)
• Illness narrative (literature)
• Case studies of medical portraiture (history of art).

The purpose of this meeting is to share our findings with the wider Medical Humanities community, explore intellectual exchange between strands and initiate further cross-disciplinary working in the field. The PIs on the award, PhD students and postdocs, will put their work into the wider context of the Medical Humanities to focus on the question of integration itself and why it seems an important issue within the field today.

Programme
Monday June 30th Council Room
08.50 – 09.15 Registration with tea & coffee

09.15 – 10.00 Welcome and introductions Brian Hurwitz

10.00 – 11.30 Distress and disorder
Speaker: Derek Bolton
Respondent: MM McCabe
Chair: Silvia Camporesi

11.30 – 11.45 Tea and coffee

11.45 – 13.15 Concepts of health
Speaker: MM McCabe
Respondent: Derek Bolton
Chair: Brian Hurwitz

13.15 – 14.15 Lunch
Tour of portraits and exhibition
Ludmilla Jordanova and Keren Hammerschlag

14.15 – 15.45 Nursing and identity: Crossing Borders
Speakers: Anne Marie Rafferty, Jessica Howell
& Elisabetta Babini
Respondent: Edgar Jones
Chair: James Whitehead

15.45 – 16.00 Tea and coffee

16.00 – 17.30 Cultural and historical influences on psychiatric diagnosis
Speakers: Edgar Jones, Bonnie Evans, Stefanie Linden
Respondent: Anne Marie Rafferty
Chair: Keren Hammerschlag

17.30 – 17.45 Refreshment Break

17.45 – 19.00 Keynote: Medical Humanities and the Idea of Democratic Criticism
Stuart Murray, Professor of Contemporary Literatures and Film and Director of the Leeds Centre for Medical Humanities followed by questions and discussion.
Chair: Brian Hurwitz

19.00 – 20.30 Drinks

Tuesday July 1st Dorchester Library

09.10 – 09.30 Arrival tea & coffee

09.30 – 10.30 PhD and Postdoctoral Session

Speakers: Emma Bullock, Silvia Camporesi, Monika Class,
Keren Hammerschlag, Jessica Howell, Elselijn Kingma, Maria Vaccarella, James Whitehead
Respondent: Ludmilla Jordanova
Chair: Ben Chisnall

10.30 – 11.30 Tour of portraits and exhibition
Ludmilla Jordanova and Keren Hammerschlag

11.30 – 11.45 Tea & coffee

11.45 – 13.15 Illness narratives
Speaker: Neil Vickers
Respondent: Ludmilla Jordanova
Chair: Jessica Howell

13.15 – 14.15 Lunch

14.15 – 15.45 Case studies of medical portraiture
Speaker: Ludmilla Jordanova
Respondent: Neil Vickers
Chair: Elselijn Kingma

15.45 – 16.00 Tea and coffee

16.00 – 17.00 Cross strand synergies: the Medical Humanities today
Discussion led by Alan Cribb, Professor of Bioethics & Education, Co-director of the Centre for Public Policy Research, King’s College London

This event is by invitation only. For any inquiries please email Sabrina Beck: chh@kcl.ac.uk

Workshop on June 6th on Eating Disorders: Perspectives in Philosophy, Psychology, and Psychiatry

Interdisciplinary one day round table workshop on “Eating Disorders: Perspectives in Philosophy, Psychology, and Psychiatry

When: 6th June 2014, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Where: King’s College London, Strand Campus, Room K0.16

The workshop is free of charge and open to all, but registration is necessary. There are limited places available due to format and venue location. To reserve a seat, please email to stefan.wagner@kcl.ac.uk

The event is part of a series of workshops hosted by the concepts of health research strand at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the Humanities and Health.

Topics

Diagnostic Thresholds and Categories
The Concept of Compulsion
Varieties of Self Control
Recovery

Speakers

Nikola Kern (Psychiatry, London)
Derek Bolton (Philosophy & Psychology, London)
Wojtek Wojcik (Psychiatry, Edinburgh)
Annemarie Kalis (Philosophy, Utrecht)
Denise de Ridder (Psychology, Utrecht)
Richard Holton (Philosophy, Cambridge)
Lucy Stephenson (Psychiatry, London)
Elselijn Kingma (Philosophy, Southampton/Eindhoven)

Programme

09:00 – 09:30 Registration
09:30 – 09:50 Tea & Coffee
09:50 – 10:00 Opening Remarks

10:00 – 11:15 Block 1 – Diagnostic Thresholds and Categories

Speaker 1: Dr Nikola Kern
Consultant Psychiatrist in Eating Disorders at South London and the Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Speaker 2: Prof Derek Bolton
Professor of Philosophy & Psychopathology, Hon. Consultant Clinical Psychologist, King’s College London

Discussion Chair: Prof Elselijn Kingma
Lecturer in Philosophy, Southampton University & Socrates Professor in Philosophy & Technology, Eindhoven

11:15 – 11:45 Break: Tea & Coffee

11:45 – 13:00 Block 2 – The Concept of Compulsion

Speaker 1: Dr Wojtek Wojcik
Consultant Psychiatrist in Eating Disorders and Liaison Psychiatry, Edinburgh

Speaker 2: Dr Annemarie Kalis
Research Fellow, Department of Philosophy, Utrecht University

Discussion Chair: Prof Derek Bolton
Professor of Philosophy and Psychopathology, Hon. Consultant Clinical Psychologist, King’s College London

13:00 -14:00 Break: Lunch

14:00 – 15:15 Block 3 – Varieties of Self Control

Speaker 1: Prof Denise de Ridder
Professor of Health Psychology, Director of the Self Regulation Lab, Utrecht University

Speaker 2: Prof Richard Holton
Professor of Philosophy, Cambridge University, Fellow of Peterhouse

Discussion Chair: Prof David Papineau
Professor of Philosophy, King’s College London & Graduate Center, City University of New York

15:15 – 15:45 Break: Tea & Coffee

15:45 – 17:00 Block 4 – Recovery

Speaker 1: Dr Lucy Stephenson
Junior Psychiatrist at South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, Visiting Fellow King’s College London

Speaker 2: Prof Elselijn Kingma
Lecturer in Philosophy, Southampton University & Socrates Professor in Philosophy & Technology, Eindhoven

Discussion Chair: Dr Wojtek Wojcik
Consultant Psychiatrist in Eating Disorders and Liaison Psychiatry, Edinburgh

17:00 – 17:30 Contingency time/closing remarks

17:30 Reception & Philosophy Bar

Organising committee:
Stefan J Wagner (King’s College London)
Lucy Stephenson (South London/Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust & King’s College)
The organisers gratefully acknowledge the support of the Centre for the Humanities and Health (KCL), the Wellcome Trust, King’s Venues, and the Maudsley Philosophy Group.

Christopher Boorse and Commentators: applying the Biostatistical Theory of Health to Mental Disorder

The Department of Philosophy at KCL and Centre for Humanities and Health are glad to announce a One-Day Conference & Lecture on: “Christopher Boorse and Commentators: applying the Biostatistical Theory of Health to Mental Disorder”
Friday, 7th December, Room 405, Philosophy Department, King’s College London, Strand Campus.

Christopher Boorse is well-known for his development of the Biostatistical Theory, a naturalistic account of disorder as dysfunction. His account continues to be widely discussed, but – although it is meant to apply to both somatic and mental disorder – it has received comparatively little attention in literature on mental disorder.

This one-day conference and lecture offer the unique opportunity to see Chris person; he has not been in Europe for over thirty years. It will also give a chance to discuss whether and how his account can be extended to apply to psychiatry. The conference and lecture should be of interest to philosophers of medicine, psychiatry, science and mind, as well as to psychiatrists, medical professionals and other health-care practitioners with an interest in philosophy.

Conference Program:

10:45 – 11:15 Registration; Coffee and Tea

11:15 – 12:15 Lecture
Thomas Schramme, Professor of Practical Philosophy, University of Hamburg.
“Mental Disorder as Mental Dysfunction”

12:15 – 1:30 Lunch

1:30 – 2:30 Lecture
Elselijn Kingma, Wellcome Research Fellow, King’s College Centre for Humanities and Health/Department of Philosophy.
“Three Reasons why our Concepts of Mental Disorder and Physical Disorder Differ”

2:30 – 3:30 Lecture
Rachel Cooper, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, Lancaster University
“Precisifying Concepts: the Case of Mental Disorder”

3:30 – 4:00 Afternoon Tea

4:00 – 5:30 Lecture
Christopher Boorse, Professor in Philosophy, University of Delaware. “Is Grief a Pathological Condition?”

This conference and lecture are organised jointly by the Department of Philosophy/Centre for Humanities and Health. Attendance is free, but please do confirm your attendance by sending an email to Julia Howse [Julia.howseATkcl.ac.uk] so we can judge numbers for catering.