International Conference Affective Arrangements in Mental Health Care Settings

September 24 - 26, 2018

 at Freie Universität Berlin

hosted by the CRC Affective Societies: Dynamics of Social Coexistence in Mobile Worlds, Project A02: Affective Efforts of Migration, Freie Universität Berlin.  

Concept and Organization by Anita von Poser, Thi Minh Tam Ta and Eric Hahn in collaboration with Jan Slaby.

This conference explores an understanding of mental health care settings as complex affective arrangements. As such, they are sites of situated and recurring affectivity shaped by as well as shaping the interrelations and dynamics between actors, materialities, and discourses. Acknowledging these arrangements as evident in and beyond mental health care settings enables a new perspective on actors’ affects as inherently relational phenomena and emphasizes a relational and interaction-based lens on mental illness. Applying an interdisciplinary perspective will yield new impulses for therapeutic interventions by exploring, analyzing and deliberately modulating components of a given arrangement. Our conference will entwine phenomenological approaches from philosophy, cultural psychiatry and psychotherapy, as well as psychological anthropology, to shed light on the benefits of adopting these theoretical concepts in mental health care practices.

With international speakers including Laurence Kirmayer, Helene Basu, Jan Slaby, Allen Tran, Markus Pawelzik, Douglas Hollan, Julia Vorhölter, Daniel White, Thi Minh Tam Ta, Eric Hahn, Anita von Poser, Main Huong Nguyen, Edda Heyken and Jörg-Christian Lanca.



Download the program flyer here.

Download the poster here.

There are no registration fees.

This conference is sponsored by the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft).

Attendants of the conference can receive 12 CME credits (6 for Tuesday and 6 for Wednesday).