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Conference: Embodiment, Intersubjectivity and Psychopathology, 30th Sept-2nd Oct 2010, Heidelberg

Posted in Seminars by Hanne De Jaegher on January 15, 2010

The Department of General Psychiatry, Centre for Psychosocial Medicine, Heidelberg, and the Interdisciplinary Forum for Biomedicine and the Humanities, Heidelberg present:


Embodiment, Intersubjectivity and Psychopathology

International Conference, Heidelberg, 30 September – 2 October, 2010___________________________________________________________________

First announcement

During the last decade, the concept of embodiment has become a key paradigm of interdisciplinary approaches from the areas of philosophy, psychology, psychiatry and neuroscience. The body is no longer merely considered as an interesting input for the brain or mind. The new trend is to link embodiment, cognition and emotion in a deeper way, and this has particular repercussions for understanding our social engagements. This in turn has implications for psychopathology and psychotherapy, because embodied and intersubjective views on mental illness can offer new insights useful for diagnosis and remediation.

The conference is aimed at creating an interdisciplinary forum for the exchange of ideas on the themes of embodiment, intersubjectivity and their role in psychopa­thology. It brings together worldwide experts from the fields of developmental psy­chology, philosophy, and psychopathology, in order to advance on some key ques­tions for this research area, among them:

  • What is embodied intersubjectivity? In how far is our relationships with others mediated by the body?
  • What is the role that embodied intersubjectivity plays for the development of social cognition?
  • How can mental illness be conceived from an embodied and enactive point of view?
  • What is the use of the notion of embodiment for therapy and training?

Main Speakers:

  • Ezequiel Di Paolo, Matthew Ratcliffe, Beata Stawarska, Dan Zahavi
  • Peter Hobson, Vasu Reddy, Colwyn Trevarthen, Ed Tronick
    (Developmental Psychology)
  • Jonathan Cole, George Downing, Giovanni Stanghellini
    (Neurology, Psychology, Psychiatry)

The conference is conceived as an event that is more-than-usually intersubjective in its organisation. Apart from the keynote presentations delivered by experts, we have  dedicated about half the time to specialised workshops. This will allow all participants to actively engage with and discuss the topics of the main talks.

We are looking forward to an interesting exchange of views on one of the key questions of current research.

Thomas Fuchs
Professor of Psychiatry, Heidelberg

Call for posters: Deadline 15 March, 2010
Further information:
Venue: Old Lecture Hall, University of Heidelberg

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  1. Navneet Chopra said, on July 1, 2010 at 11:03 am

    These are fantastic issues towards a breakthrough in the emergence of a new paradigm for understanding mind embedded and enactive in social matrix.

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