Experiences of illness and death: learning from the discourses of realities and fictions – Call for Papers

BAAL Health & Science Communication SIG Workshop 
28th November 2016
“Experiences of illness and death: learning from the discourses of realities
and fictions”

Hosted by the Faculty of Well-being, Education and Language Studies The Open University, Milton Keynes

“Any serious illness is a medical event, but it is lived in narrative terms” wrote Andrew Solomon in a recent article for The Guardian. This workshop will focus on these ‘lived’ and ‘narrative’ aspects of the experience of illness and death from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Accounts of illness and dying by patients, carers and healthcare professionals have been at the heart the medical humanities for several decades.

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Sociology and Psychoanalysis: The Unfulfilled Promise

Sociology and Psychoanalysis: The Unfulfilled Promise

A conference organised by the Institute of Psychoanalysis, the British Sociological Association’s study group for Sociology, Psychoanalysis and the Psychosocial, and UCL, Institute of Education. 11th-12th November 2016

With support from the Independent Social Research Foundation and Warwick Institute of Advanced Study

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Prof Wolfgang Tschacher

Wolfgang Tschacher

Affiliation: University Bern

Wolfgang Tschacher was born in Stuttgart, Germany, studied psychology at Tübingen University where he received his Ph.D. in 1990. Psychotherapy training in systemic therapy at the Institute of Family Therapy, Munich. Habilitation in psychology and Venia legendi 1996 at University of Bern, Switzerland, professorship in 2002. He currently works at the University Hospital of Psychiatry, where he founded the department of psychotherapy research. His main interests are in quantitative psychotherapy research, time-series methods and experimental psychopathology, with an emphasis on dynamical systems, complexity science, embodied cognition, and phenomena of cognitive self-organization. Organizer of the series of ‘Herbstakademie’ conferences on systems theory in psychology. For a list of publications and conference information see www.upd.unibe.ch or www.embodiment.ch

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“Laughing at Cancer: Humour, empowerment, solidarity and coping online” by Zsofia Demjen

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In the context of cancer, humour and joking can still be seen as socially unacceptable. Yet people with cancer can find relief in making light of their often life-threatening situations. How and why they do this has received little systematic attention to date. This paper begins to address this gap by exploring 530,055 words of online patient–patient interactions on a thread explicitly dedicated to humour within a UK-based cancer forum.

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Prof Lisa Mikesell

Lisa Mikesell

Affiliation: Rutgers – State University of New Jersey

I use mixed methods to investigate the communication and social practices used to negotiate interactions in a variety of health and mental health contexts. My scholarship consists of three intertwining threads guided by my interest in patient engagement in real world contexts. The first thread is situated in the community and reconceptualizes the notion of communicative competence by centering on what patients do in their everyday lives. Much of this work examines the situated communication practices of individuals diagnosed with neurological and psychiatric disorders to provide a grounded perspective on everyday functioning and community participation.

The second thread is situated in the clinic and is informed by my work in the community reconceptualizing competence. I also examine clinical work practices and clinical reasoning to consider applications of patient-centered constructs such as shared decision making. These first two threads weave together a situated understanding of the “everyday-ness” of an individual’s functioning – which is often neglected or misunderstood – with an understanding of what happens in the clinic.

The final thread considers the societal need for patient participation in the collective sense, namely how to reach and work with patient communities to pose more relevant research questions and develop more sensitive research strategies to better serve patient populations and better assist caregivers and clinicians. My work informs our understanding of best practices, intervention development and implementation and therefore contains a strong applied component, particularly to inquiry in health services.

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Prof Panos Athanasopoulos

Prof Panos Athanasopoulos

 

Affiliation: Lancaster University

I work in the areas of experimental psycholinguistics, experimental cognitive linguistics, bilingual cognition, linguistic and cultural relativity, first, second and additional language learning.

The main questions that guide my research concern language-driven human cognition and can be summarised as follows:
1. To what extent do speakers with different cultural and linguistic backgrounds think and perceive the world differently?
2. To what extent does additional language learning transform the way we perceive the world?
Recent research programmes have looked at the effects of colour terminology on colour categorical perception, the relationship between grammatical aspect and perception of goal-oriented motion events, the lexicalization of path, manner and causation of motion and motion event cognition, the effects of grammatical gender on object perception, the count/mass noun distinction and the construal of individuation, in populations such as monolingual, bilingual, and multilingual adults, child L1 and L2 acquirers, instructed and naturalistic foreign language learners, and involving speakers of languages such as Afrikaans, Arabic, English, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Sotho, Spanish, Swati, Swedish, Tswana, Xhosa, Zulu.

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Prof Nina Jessica Lester

Nina Jessica Lester

Affiliation: Indiana University

Dr. Jessica Nina Lester is an Assistant Professor of Inquiry Methodology in the School of Education at Indiana University, US. She teaches research methods courses and also focuses much of her research on the study and development of qualitative methodologies. She situates much of her substantive research within discourse studies and disability studies, with a particular focus on education and mental health contexts. Dr. Lester is the co-editor of The Palgrave handbook of child mental health: Discourse and conversation studies and The Palgrave handbook of adult mental health: Discourse and conversation studies. She has most recently published in journals such as Qualitative Inquiry, Patient Education & Counseling, and Discourse Studies.

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Prof Michael Hazelton

Mike Hazelton

Affiliation: University of Newcastle Australia

Professor Mike Hazelton has worked in different parts of Australia – New South, Western Australia and Tasmania, and has had extensive experience leading schools of nursing at the University of Tasmania, Curtin University and the University of Newcastle. He is Honorary Director of the Halla /Newcastle Centre for Problem Based Learning, Cheju Halla University, Republic of Korea and was Visiting Professor in the School of Healthcare, University of Leeds between May and September 2010.

Professor Hazelton’s clinical work as Professor of Mental Health Nursing has included involvement in various types of cognitive behaviour therapy. For instance, he participated as both an individual therapist and group skills therapist in the delivery of dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) for borderline personality disorder in the Centre for Psychotherapy, Hunter New England Area Health Service between 2005 and 2010. He was also involved in a program providing group-based cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) for depression to clients referred by local general practitioners in the Newcastle/Hunter region in 2006 and 2009. Professor Hazelton is also an accredited Mental Health First Aid Master Trainer and has provided mental health first aid training to students, university staff and community members since 2009. Many of Professor Hazelton’s research publications and presentations reflect his ongoing commitment to clinical work and health professional education.

Professor Hazelton has a research background in both qualitative and quantitative methods, has published widely on mental health and mental health nursing and has undertaken consultancies for various governments, both Commonwealth and State in Australia. A particular area of focus in his work is on discourses of mental health, illness and recovery. Professor Hazelton is a past Editor of the International Journal of Mental Health Nursing and is currently a member of the Editorial Advisory Committee of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. To date he has supervised 16 PhD students to successful completion; been the recipient of a number of awards for mental health nursing research; and in 2003 was made a Life Member of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses, the highest honour awarded by that professional organisation.

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Dr Dennis Tay

Dennis Tay

Affiliation: Hong Kong Polytechnic University

I am Assistant Professor at the Department of English, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. I work on linguistic and communication patterns in mental healthcare discourse including psychotherapy, counseling, and public health promotion, and enjoy collaborative research with mental healthcare practitioners. I have a keen interest in the use, management of, and response to metaphors in psychotherapy across different cultural contexts. Relevant publications include a monograph (Metaphor in Psychotherapy. A Descriptive and Prescriptive Analysis. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins) and articles in both linguistics and psychology journals.

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Dr Omar Gelo

Omar Gelo

Affiliation: Sigmund Freud University Vienna and Università del Salento

Dr. Omar Gelo graduated in Psychology at the University of Urbino (Italy) in 2000. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Ulm (Germany) in 2007, where he also worked as a research assistant. In 2007 he begun to work as assistant professor at the Department of Psychotherapy Science of the Sigmund Freud University Vienna (Austria). In 2008 he became Assistant Professor for Dynamic Psychology at the Department of History, Society and Human Studies of the University of Salento (Italy). Since 2014 he is Associate Professor for Dynamic Psychology at the same department where he since then director of the Bachelor and Master Program in Psychology. Since 2008 he works as consultant of the Sigmund Freud University Vienna (Austria), where he also the director of the International Ph.D. Program in Psychotherapy Science at the Sigmund Freud University Vienna (Austria).

His research interests concern: (a) the epistemological reflection on the scientific status of psychotherapy and psychological intervention; (b) the methodological reflection on the application of quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods in psychotherapy and clinical research; (c) the empirical investigation of the psychotherapeutic process in different therapeutic schools (comparative process-outcome research); (d) psychotherapy integration; and (e) the application of dynamic systems theory to the study of psychotherapy; (e) the investigation of psychotherapeutic development. He recently co-edited the volume “Psychotherapy Research: Foundations, Process, and Outcome” (Springer, Vienna).

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Dr Ethel Quayle

Ethel Quayle

Affiliation: University of Edinburgh

I trained as a clinical psychologist at Queen’s University Belfast before completing my doctorate at Surrey University. During this time I was employed in a variety of clinical positions in adult mental health in the UK and Ireland before joining University College Cork in 1995. In Cork I was responsible for post-graduate training in CBT (MA and HDip) as well as director of the COPINE Project. As a practitioner I had worked with both sex offenders and their victims and for the last fourteen years have been working in the area of Internet abuse images, collaborating internationally with government and non-government agencies. The COPINE project took as its focus children made vulnerable through the new technologies.

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47th Annual Meeting of the Society for Psychotherapy Research

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Panel on “Conversation analysis in psychotherapy process research”

Empathy and typical problematic situations (TPS) by Michael B. Buchholz, International Psychoanalytic University (IPU), Berlin

Telling dreams and therapeutic response in PA, PD and CBT by Marie-Luise Alder, International PsychoanalyticUniversity (IPU), Berlin

Open-topic closing in a short-term psychodynamic therapy by Michael M. Dittmann, International Psychoanalytic University (IPU), Berlin

Whats the message of such micro-studies for a clinician? by Horst Kaechele, International Psychoanalytic University (IPU), Berlin

Exploring the language of body boundaries in person-centred psychotherapy by Laura Cariola, University of Edinburgh

http://sprconference.com/index.html

Silberger Paper Prize Award Program

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The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute’s
Center for Multidisciplinary Psycho-analytic Studies (COMPASS) announces

SILBERGER SCHOLAR PAPER PRIZE AWARD – CALL FOR PAPERS

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS — AUGUST 1, 2016

Each year the Silberger Scholar Paper Prize Award is granted to the author of an outstanding paper reflecting an interdisciplinary consideration of psychoanalytic theories or concepts. The award committee welcomes submissions from non-clinical scholars in neighboring fields, including developmental psychology, neuroscience, anthropology, sociology, social work, theology, journalism, historical studies, arts and humanities.

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Psychoanalytic Study of Literature

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An Introduction to Psychoanalytic Study of Literature

by Dianne M. Hunter, Emeritus Professor of English, Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, USA

This independent-study course introduces a theory of literature based on Sigmund Freud’s models of dreaming and daydreaming as analogues for the transformative dynamics of literary responses.

Centered on a psychoanalytic theory of dreaming, this course leads from Sigmund Freud’s model of dream processes into a general theory of mind and psychosexual development. The psychology of unconscious mind theorized by Freud and the theory of ego psychology summarized by Erik Erikson provide the groundwork for analyzing literary transformations of unconscious fantasies toward meanings.  The readings below add up to a theory of literature as a transitional object in transitional space where fantasies can be transformed toward meanings in a way that is analogous to Freud’s idea that dreams are disguised attempts to fulfill unconscious wishes stemming from childhood pleasures and fears.

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Language and Psychoanalysis – Call for papers Autumn-Winter Issue 2016

The journal “Language and Psychoanalysis” is currently accepting manuscripts for the next issue in Autumn-Winter 2016

Manuscript submission due date: 30th September 2016

“Language and Psychoanalysis” is a fully peer reviewed online journal that publishes twice a year. It is the only interdisciplinary journal with a strong focus on the qualitative and quantitative analysis of language and psychoanalysis. The journal is also inclusive and not narrowly confined to the Freudian psychoanalytic theory.

We welcome a wide range of original contributions that further the understanding of the interaction between Linguistic Analysis and Theory & Psychoanalytic Theories and Techniques. Any relevant manuscripts with an emphasis on language and psychoanalysis will be considered, including papers on linguistics, methodology, theory, philosophy, child development, psychopathology, psychotherapy, embodied cognition, cognitive science, applied dynamical system theory, consciousness studies, cross-cultural research, and case studies. The journal also publishes short research reports, book reviews, interviews, obituaries, and readers’ comments.

Manuscripts should be send to the managing editor Laura A. Cariola: laura.cariola@ed.ac.uk

http://www.language-and-psychoanalysis.com