Forthcoming Conferences, Seminars, and Summer Schools


Forthcoming Conferences and Seminars

 Philosophy and Madness: from Kant to Hegel and Beyond (Università di RomaTre| Rome,30-31 May 2019)

Deadline for abstracts submission: 10 February 2019

Submissions should be emailed to: and

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 Curing through Questioning: Philosophy as Therapy Across Ancient Traditions and Modern Applications (1st-2nd June 2019|Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre, Worcester College, University of Oxford)

To register for the Conference, please click here, which will take you to the Oxford Store conference page. Tickets cost £15.

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 Psychopathology and Phenomenology: Perspectives (San Raffaele Spring School of Philosophy| Milan, June 4-6, 2019)

Deadline for submissions: January 13th, 2019 
Spring School: June 4th-6th, 2019

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 Seminar and Launch of the Understanding Personality Disorders Network The Collaborating Centre for Value-based Practice in Health and Social Care (St Catherine’s College, Oxford University | 10th June 2019)

Understanding Personality Disorders

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Univie Summer School – Scientific World Conceptions ((USS-SWC)| Vienna, July 1–12, 2019)

Call For Application (Deadline: February 15, 2019)

The main lecturers are Rachel Cooper (Lancaster University), Dominic
Murphy (The University of Sydney) and Tim Thornton (University of
Central Lancashire).

As an international interdisciplinary program, USS SWC brings graduate
students in close contact with world-renowned scholars. The program is
directed primarily to graduate students and junior researchers in fields
related to the annual topic, but the organizers also encourage
applications from gifted undergraduates and from people in all stages of
their career who wish to broaden their horizon through cross-disciplinary
studies of methodological and foundational issues in science.

The topic of the two-week course is „ Philosophy and Psychiatry “:

By its very nature, psychiatry – the medical specialism devoted to
mental healthcare – raises as many conceptual as empirical questions.
The philosophy of psychiatry is a rapidly emerging field which draws
broadly on philosophical traditions – centrally analytic philosophy and
phenomenology – to address a range of questions as broad as the demands
made on psychiatry to address problems of human suffering, distress and
disorder. It is also an area where philosophical methods, accounts and
theories can be applied to and thus tested against psychiatric and
psychopathological phenomena. But at its heart lies the question of
whether, since psychiatry sees itself as part of medicine, the medical
conceptualisation of illness and disease can be articulated in such a
way that it properly applies to the distinct ‘problems of living’ that
psychiatry addresses in response to the crisis of legitimacy often
raised. This summer school will address a number of key questions which
impact on mental health care.

Topics will include:

• the concept of mental disorder
• psychiatric classification
• the role of values in psychiatry
• the roles of explanation and understanding, including idiographic and
narrative understanding in psychiatry
• delusions
• culture bound syndromes
• social epistemology
• recovery

Application form and further information:

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Summer School: Philosophy and Psychoanalysis (June 12th-14th, 2019, Cesano Maderno (MB), Italy)

The school’s goal is to create an interdisciplinary debate around the conceptof desire, bringing together different methodologies, styles and tradition of research. Starting from the commentary on one or more artwork, each day will see a psychoanalyst and a philosopher alternate, whose interventions will be followed by discussion moments. A workshop will conclude each day: some texts, previously communicated to the participants, will be commented together.

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Philosophy and Psychiatry: Mind, Value and Mental Health

International Conference in Philosophy and Psychiatry and Oxford Summer School in Philosophy and Psychiatry

Overview: Two linked events for philosophers, scientists, psychiatrists and other mental health professionals, and service users.

1. International Conference in Philosophy and Psychiatry 

A one-day conference featuring international keynote speakers and short presentations from graduate students and recent post-doctoral researchers.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers and Topics for the 2019 Conference:

Louis Sass on Three Dangers: Phenomenological Reflections on the Psychotherapy of Psychosis

Shaun Gallagher on The 4As (Affect, Agency, Autonomy,  Affordance), Self and Psychopathology

Gwen Adshead on Psychotherapy with Offenders: Feeling Better or Behaving Better?

Josef Parnas on What Can Phenomenology Do to Help Psychiatry Out of Its Current Crisis: Practical Considerations

2. Oxford Summer School in Philosophy and Psychiatry 

An interactive, two-day summer school delivered by experts in the field with guest lectures and seminars. Sessions will consist of presentations by seminar leaders, and collaborative talks providing opportunities for substantial dialogue between philosophers, clinicians, scientists and others.

Confirmed Summer School Tutors and Topics:

Psychiatry, Phenomenology, and Qualitative Research

Dan Zahavi (University of Oxford), Anna Bortolan (University of Aberdeen), Anthony Fernandez (University of Oxford)

Adaptive Responses to Childood Maltreatment

Matt Parrott (University of Birmingham), Charlotte Cecil (King’s College London)

Expertise by Experience

Julie Repper (University of Nottingham and Director of ImROC)

Risk Management and Clinical Autonomy

Matt Burch (University of Essex), Neil Armstrong (University of Oxford)

Environmental Interventions in Mental Health

Joel Krueger (University of Exeter), Edward Harcourt (University of Oxford)


Julie Nordgaard (University of Copenhagen), Matthew Ratcliffe (University of York)

The events will be led by members of the Oxford Faculty of Philosophy: Dan Zahavi; Edward Harcourt; Anita Avramides; Bill Fulford.

Dates and Fees:

Conference only: 20 July: £170.00

Summer School and Conference (non-residential): 18-20 July: £1220.00

Summer School and Conference (residential): 17-21 July: £1730.00

Summer School only (non-residential): 18-19 July: £1050.00

Summer School only (residential): 17-19 July: £1450.00

Conference drinks and dinner – 20 July: £42.00

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Venue: Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford, Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JA

Enquiries:<> | +44 (0)1865 286945


 Begeesterd Summer school  (1-4th August 2019|UPC KU Leuven, campus Kortenberg)

 This summer school aims to treat several core questions through a thorough examination:
– the concept of psychiatrical illness through network theory
– the paradigm of addiction
– depression: rather an attunement disorder than a mood disorder?
– ethics of the convalescence paradigm
– importance of the 4E approach in philosophy of psychiatry
– phenomenology of psychosis
For more information contact: Dr Victor Mazereel 


The International Network for Philosophy and Psychiatry 21th Annual Conference: Experts and Representations in Mental Health (Warsaw (PL)| Autumn 2019)

Open Seminars in Philosophy and Psychiatry Foundation is honored to host the 21th Annual Conference of the International Network for Philosophy and Psychiatry ‘Experts in Mental Health’ that will take place in 22-24 October 2019 in Warsaw
We invite panel proposals, oral presentations as well as posters. 90 minutes panel proposals should include a chair plus a maximum of 3 participants. Oral presentations should not exceed 30 minutes including discussion. For each type of participation please submit an abstract of 200-500 words via the online registration form (available on this link). 
The deadline for submissions is 30 August 2019Reduced fees are available with 31 March and 30 June deadlines. 
The invitation to take part in the 21th Annual Conference INPP 2019 is open to researchers, professionals, and persons working and/or interested in the field of mental health, including philosophers, sociologists, historians, psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, medical doctors, nurses, etc.
Workshops and accompanying events will take place in Warsaw and other cities during the conference and for a few days after. Gala and artistic part will be scheduled for the second day of the conference.
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If you wish to advertise a conference here please send details to the secretary, Richard Gipps.