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Durham University

Department of English Studies

Event Archive

This is an archive of past events within the Department of English Studies. Please see our current events for forthcoming activities.

Some of our public events are recorded and are available as podcasts via our Research English At Durham blog.

Psychosis, Agency, and Narrative: An Interdisciplinary Workshop

15th February 2017, 09:30 to 17:20, Joachim Room, College of St Hild & St Bede

How does it feel to be you acting in the world or actively entertaining your own thoughts? And what happens when such a feeling is taken away, or conferred upon someone or something else?

Hallucinations, delusions, inserted thoughts and dissociation can all undermine the intuition that we are the ones controlling our own thoughts and actions. Since our experience of the surrounding world and of our own selves is tightly linked to this sense of agency, its loss, disruption or misattribution can severely affect all aspects of our conscious life.

This one-day workshop examines the theme of lost agency from a number of disciplinary perspectives, with a view to exploring how conceptions of agency in different disciplines might be productively related. The event is organised by John Foxwell (English Studies, Durham) & Ben Alderson-Day (Psychology, Durham) and will feature talks from:

The workshop will close with a discussion chaired by Charles Fernyhough and Marco Bernini (Hearing the Voice).

This event is free and open to the public, but places are limited and can be reserved in advance through Eventbrite.

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