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Durham University

Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

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Centre for Medical Humanities Seminar: On Psychiatric Metaphor: Exploring the Use of Clinical Concepts in Cultural Theory by Dr. Angela Woods, Centre for Medical Humanities

26th October 2011, 17:00, St. Chad's Chapel, Durham University, Durham City


Dr. Woods will be discussing cultural theory's deployment of clinical concepts from the 'psy' disciplines in works such as Anti-Oedipus, Madness and Modernism, Hystories, and The Weariness of the Self. Arguing against what is perhaps a majority view - that using psychiatric terminology 'metaphorically' is illegitimate, imprecise, irresponsible, and insensitive to the human costs of illness - Dr. Woods aims to show why it is important for an interdisciplinary field such as the medical humanities to view diagnostic categories from multiple perspectives.

This seminar will also launch Dr. Woods' new book The Sublime Object of Psychiatry: Schizophrenia in Clinical and Cultural Theory  (2011).

Seminars are open to all and there will be the opportunity for further discussion following the seminars over wine and canapés in St. Chad's SCR.

 

 

Contact polly.degiorgi@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.