Exhaustion (One day workshop, University of Kent, Friday 25 October 2013)

Will exhaustion make it into the DSM? Probably not until it can be medicated (although this could reduce the number of other disorders substantially, from the look of this programme…).

Centre for Medical Humanities Blog

Friday, 25 October, Cathedral Lodge, Canterbury
Funded by the Wellcome Trust
Organised by Anna Katharina Schaffner

This interdisciplinary conference explores different medical, psychological and socio-political narratives on the origins of and cures for exhaustion. Experts from diverse disciplines (including psychiatrists, psychologists, social scientists, occupational health specialists, literary scholars and filmmakers) will talk about different diagnoses that entail exhaustion as one of their core symptoms, the different forms exhaustion can take, its history and the wider issues that are at stake in theories of its aetiologies and effects.


9.15 – 9.30                 Conference Registration

9.30 – 9.45                 Dr Anna Katharina Schaffner (Senior Lecturer, Comparative Literature, University of Kent) WELCOME

9.45 – 10.45                Prof. Sir Simon Wessely (Professor of Psychological Medicine, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London) A Short History of Exhaustion

10.45 – 11.15              Dr Jenny Laws (Post-Doctoral Research Assistant, Department of Geography and Centre for Medical Humanities…

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