International conference on The Social Pathologies of Contemporary Civilization

Date: Thursday 28th – Friday 29th October 2010
Venue: The Utzon Center, Aalborg Denmark


NB! Deadline on abstracts has been extended to September 3rd 2010

This conference addresses various interconnections between psychiatry and society. It does 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 conference 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 conference is the role of humanities and social sciences, particularly sociology, philosophy and anthropology, in helping to understand the connection between social transformations and psychiatric perceptions of health & well-being.

Keynote Speakers

The conference brings together a panel of international experts to address these themes. Amongst our keynote speakers are:

  • Alain Ehrenberg, Professor of Sociology, Université Paris Decartes, France
  • Harvie Fergusson, Professor of Sociology, University of Glasgow, Scotland
  • Charles Medawar, Social Audit, London, England
  • Lennart Nørreklit, Professor of Philosophy, Aalborg University, Denmark
  • Gerda Reith, Professor of Social Science, University of Glasgow, Scotland
  • Arpad Szakolczai, Professor of Sociology, University College Cork, Ireland
  • Richard Wilkinson, Emeritus Professor of Social Epidemiology, University of Nottingham, England 


Danish Centre for Philosophy and Science Studies, the working group on Psychiatry & Society, Department of Sociology, Social Work and Organization, Aalborg University, Denmark, and the School of Sociology & Philosophy, UCC, Ireland.