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International Network for Philosophy and Psychiatry ‘Experts in Mental Health’, Warsaw 22-24 October 2019

Warszawa, 22 - 24 October 2019

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The deadline for submissions for the 21th Annual Conference of the International Network for Philosophy and Psychiatry ‘Experts in Mental Health’ is on the 15th of September. The conference will be hosted by Open Seminars in Philosophy and Psychiatry Foundation in Warsaw, 22-24 October 2019.

INPP 2019 is a World Psychiatric Association meeting and is held under the Honorary Patronage of the Commissioner for Human Rights in Poland and Rector of the University of Warsaw.

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Katarzyna Boguszewska (Warsaw Fountain House): “Between language and reality”

Paweł Dybel (Polish Academy of Sciences): “Emancipatory message of psychoanalysis and cultural self-knowledge of society. An example of Poland”

Thomas Fuchs (University of Heidelberg): “The human ‘as if’ function and its loss in schizophrenia”

Bill Fulford (University of Oxford): “Developments in Philosophy and Mental Health: the Next Generation”

Leonor Irarrázaval (University of Heidelberg): “Psychopathology at the dawn of the modern age in Latin America: A historiographical analysis of a clinical case, ‘The Demonized of Santiago’”

Dorothée Legrand (École Normale Supérieure): “The place of death in mental health: a discussion with Winnicott, Blanchot and Levinas”

Paweł Łuków (University of Warsaw): “It’s not enough to be ill to be a patient”

Michael Musalek (Anton Proksch Institute): “Mental Health and Well-being – Social-aesthetic Perspectives”

Marcin Miłkowski (Polish Academy of Sciences): “The Search for Theory and Mechanisms in Psychiatry”

Jean Naudin (University of the Mediterranean): “Hapax”

John Z. Sadler (UT Southwestern Medical Center): “Expertise and the Art of Living Well”

Louis Sass (Rutgers University): “Everywhere and Nowhere: Reflections on phenomenology as impossible and indispensable (in psychology and psychiatry)”

Michael Alan Schwartz (Texas A&M Health Science Center): “Diversity - A Foundational yet Overlooked Perspective in Psychiatry”

Werdie Van Staden (University of Pretoria): “What should be included and excluded in a psychiatric diagnostic classification?”

Drozdstoy Stoyanov (Plovdiv Medical University): “Methodological challenges before translation from psychopathology to neuroscience: top-down or bottom-up causal models?”

Giovanni Stanghellini (University of Chieti): “Videor ergo sum (I’m seen therefore I am). What anorexia reveals about the mind”

Jacek Wciórka (Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology in Warsaw): “Uncovering the psychotic experience: semantic constructions, practical choices”

Szymon Wróbel (Polish Academy of Sciences): “Releasing Affects or the Release from Affects. The Case of Freud and Spinoza”

Peter Zahar (Auburn University at Montgomery): “The Aspirations for a Paradigm Shift in DSM-5”



·        Institute Of Philosophy And Sociology – Polish Academy Of Sciences

·        Department of Philosophy – Warsaw University

·        Faculty of Philosophy and Sociology – Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin


·        Polish Phenomenological Association

·        Phenomenology and Mental Health Network and Understanding Personality Disorders Network (Collaborating Centre for Values Based Practice, St. Catherine’s College, Oxford)

·        eFkropka Foundation

·        Mental Health Congress

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.

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 >>

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.

The knowledge, skills, and competences of mental health experts are a topic of growing scholarly and public interest worldwide. Particularly intriguing are the questions concerning types of expertise held by mental health professionals, their mutual relations, and their attitude towards patients and families. The goal of the INPP 2019 conference is to influence current theoretical, clinical, social, and political debates on this subject.

To find out more about the conference, check the links and the attachment.