LINGUIST List 26.4986

Mon Nov 09 2015

Calls: Cog Sci, General Ling, Neuroling, Philosophy of Lang, Psycholing/Switzerland

Editor for this issue: Ashley Parker <>

Date: 09-Nov-2015
From: Yvonne Ilg <>
Subject: Objects of Psychiatry: Between Thing-making, Reification & Personhood
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Full Title: Objects of Psychiatry: Between Thing-making, Reification & Personhood

Date: 08-Jun-2016 - 11-Jun-2016
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Contact Person: Veronika Rall
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; General Linguistics; Neurolinguistics; Philosophy of Language; Psycholinguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Dec-2015

Meeting Description:

International Conference organised by the interdisciplinary research project:
''Schizophrenia'': Reception, semantic shift, and criticism of a concept in the 20th century.
University of Zurich, Psychiatric Hospital Zurich University.

Psychiatry is situated at the interface between the natural sciences, the social sciences
and the humanities. The ensuing hybrid nature invites inter- and transdisciplinary research
approaches. This conference aims to give a platform to such approaches asking the central
question: Who or what is, becomes or constitutes psychiatry's object?

Taking its starting point from the study of concrete research objects - case notes, images,
films and texts, diagnostic concepts and labels, research instruments and therapeutic
procedures, doctors and patients - it invites reflection on how objects are related to
subjects, selves and personhood. Can this relationship be conceptualized along the lines of
the traditional Western dichotomy between object and subject or does it have to be
fundamentally re-thought? And is it linked to other classical dichotomies e.g. the one
between matter and meaning? Is there a role for agents as object-, subject-,
self- or thing-makers?

OBJECTS OF PSYCHIATRY takes up current debates within psychiatry namely the debate
about the reification of psychiatric diagnoses like ''schizophrenia'', but also deliberations
about autonomy, human rights and participation. At the same time, it considers how the
humanities situate psychiatric objects in wider societal contexts and discourses and bring
into focus their historical genesis and configuration.

Confirmed keynote speakers: Peter Galison (Harvard University), Dagmar Herzog (City
University of New York), Lutz Jäncke (University of Zurich), Norman Sartorius (University of

2nd Call for Papers:

Reminder CfP: Conference OBJECTS OF PSYCHIATRY, Zurich, June 8-11, 2016

Drawing together heterogeneous traditions of thought and methods, it invites participants to
build – and to reflect on – transdisciplinary bridges between sciences and humanities as well
as between theory and practice. Contributions are invited, but not limited to, perspectives from
psychiatry, philosophy, psychology, linguistics, history, history of science and medicine,
neurosciences, as well as cultural, literary, film & visual studies. Medical Humanities
approaches are welcome.

Proposals (max. 250 words) for 20-minute papers should be sent to Veronika Rall,, Deadline: Dec. 1, 2015.

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