MBBS Curriculum 2020

Peter Sowerby Interdisciplinary Workshop: Call for Abstracts

Conceptual Issues in Biological Psychiatry

The Peter Sowerby Philosophy & Medicine project invites abstract submissions for an interdisciplinary two-day workshop on conceptual issues in biological psychiatry scheduled to take place on the 6th and 7th of November 2019 at King’s College London.

What follows is a suggestive, non-exhaustive list of questions we are interested in discussing as part of the workshop.

  • What kinds of ethical challenges does biological/neuro-psychiatry face, and how might they be addressed?
  • What are the consequences of embracing externalist (4E) views on cognition for biological psychiatry?
  • Can predictive processing provide a coherent account of psychiatric disorder?
  • Should psychiatric classification be relative to neurobiological or psychological commonalities?
  • What is the relationship between psychiatry and neurology? What should it be?
  • What is the proper role for psychopharmacology?
  • What methodological problems does scientific psychiatry face (in e.g. RCTs and neuroimaging studies)?
  • Is biological psychiatry badly placed to account/allow for social or environmental causes of psychiatric disorder?
  • Do descriptions of psychiatric disorder that focus on dysfunction in the brain have detrimental impacts on agency in affected individuals?
  • Is there any hope left for naturalistic concepts of mental disorder?

Please send abstracts (of up to 700 words) prepared for blind-review, with ‘Sowerby Biological Psychiatry’ in the subject line to: gregor.boes@kcl.ac.uk. Please note your affiliation/current position in the body of the email.

Deadline: 1st of September 2019

Confirmed Speakers
Prof Rachel Cooper, Lancaster University
Dr Gareth Owen, King’s College London
Dr Matthew Parrott, St Hilda’s College Oxford
Dr Mohammed Rashed, Birkbeck, University of London
Prof Henrik Walter, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin

We especially welcome submissions from postgraduate and early-career researchers, researchers in clinical/empirical fields, as well as from women and other groups underrepresented in philosophy.

General inquires can be directed to the organisers: Harriet Fagerberg (harriet.fagerberg@kcl.ac.uk) and Anneli Jefferson (anneli.1.jefferson@kcl.ac.uk).