Confirmed Keynote Speakers together with the titles of lectures and panels.
Warsaw Fountain House
Since creating the first Polish ‚Association of families and friends of people with mental disorders’ in 1990, she was professionally and personally involved in self-help activities among people experiencing mental and social difficulties. Awarded with the special prize of the Minister of Social Policy for special achievements in the field of social assistance in 2004. Co-founder and director (from 2001 untill today) of the Warsaw Fountain House, accredited by the international organization „Clubhouse International”. A member of various program councils and working teams aimed to empower people experiencing mental difficulties and / or disabilities. By education – a master’s degree in special education in the field of special andragogy.
Title of the key lecture: Between language and reality
Maria Curie-Skłodowska University
Andrzej Czernikiewicz, MD, is Professor in Department of Logopaedics and Linguistics at Marie Curie Skłodowska University in Lublin and Lecturer of Psychiatry, Catholic University in Lublin. He is former Head of Psychiatric Clinic at Białystok Medical University. He was Chair of Organizing Committee of Scientific Meeting of Polish Psychiatrists in Lublin in 2013. The prolific author of scientific articles and books, he is interested in language disturbances in schizophrenia, imaging in schizophrenia, therapy and psychiatry in film.
Title of the keynote lecture: Dialogue and psychiatry at the cinema
Polish Academy of Sciences
Paweł Dybel is Professor in Institute of Philosophy and Sociology Polish Academy of Sciences. He specializes in psychoanalysis, hermeneutics, phenomenology and poststructuralism. Together with Professor Szymon Wróbel he has written a book ,,Limits of politics’’.
Title of the key lecture: Emancipatory message of psychoanalysis and cultural self-knowledge of society. An example of Poland
University of Heidelberg
Thomas Fuchs, MD, Psychiatrist and Philosopher, is Karl Jaspers Professor for Philosophy and Psychiatry at the Department of General Psychiatry and head of the section Phenomenological Psychopathology and Psychotherapy at the University of Heidelberg. He is the coordinator of the Heidelberg Marsilius-Project “Embodiment as a Paradigm of an Evolutionary Cultural Anthropology,” and chairman of the German Society for Phenomenological Anthropology, Psychiatry and Psychotherapy (DGAP). He was coordinator of the European Marie-Curie Research Training Networks “DISCOS – Disorders and Coherence of the Embodied Self” (2007-2011) and “TESIS”—Towards an Embodied Science of Intersubjectivity” (2012-2016), and of the Joint National Research Project “The Brain as an Organ of Interrelations” (2008-2011).
His research areas lie at the intersection of phenomenology, psychopathology and cognitive neuroscience, with a main emphasis on embodiment, enactivism, temporality and intersubjectivity.
Title of the key lecture: The human ‘as if’ function and its loss in schizophrenia
University of Oxford
Bill Fulford is Fellow of St Catherines College and Member of the Philosophy Faculty, University of Oxford; Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Mental Health, University of Warwick Medical School, and Director of the Collaborating Centre for Values-based Practice, St Catherine`s College, Oxford. The Centre contributed in an advisory role to the Values-based CAMHS Commission lunched by the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2016.
His previous posts includes Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, University of Oxford, and Special Adviser for Values-based Practice in the Department of Health. His publications incluse Moral and Medical Pracice, The Oxford Texbook of Philosophy and Psychiatry, and The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Psychiatry. He is Lead Editor for the Oxford book series International Perspectives in Philosophy and Psychiatry and Founder Editor and Chair of the Advisory Board of the international journal Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology (PPP).
His Essential Values-based Practice (2012), co-authored with Ed Peile, is the lunch volume for a new series from Cambridge University Press on values-based medicine. With John Sadler and Giovanni Stanghellini he set up the International Network for Philosophy and Psychiatry. The formal lunch of the INPP was organised by Werdie van Staden at the conference of the South African Society of Psychiatrists in Cape Town.
Title of the key lecture: Developments in Philosophy and Mental Health: the Next Generation
University of Heidelberg
Leonor Irarrázaval, Dr Philosophy, is Clinical Psychologist and accredited Specialist in Psychotherapy with more than 20 years experience. From 2013 to 2017 she worked as Academic Coordinator at the Center for Studies on Phenomenology and Psychiatry from the Medical Faculty of Diego Portales University, Santiago de Chile. Since 2018 Dr. Irarrázaval works as a visiting postdoctoral researcher at the Section Phenomenological Psychopathology and Psychotherapy, Department of General Psychiatry, Heidelberg University Hospital, in collaboration with Prof. Thomas Fuchs.
Her undergoing postdoctoral project is a novel phenomenological investigation approaching human vulnerability from a first-person perspective, namely as a subjectively experienced sensitivity to traumatic life situations, and even over-sensitivity to “trivial” everyday social interactions, leading to the manifestation of abnormal phenomena. Such an approach complements the objectifying or third-person perspective on vulnerability, and it also includes its inherent relationship with ethical aspects from a second-person perspective, such as values, recognition, and empathy.
Dr. Irarrázaval’s articles published to date in high-ranking journals show that she has further elaborated her views with the potential of concepts relevant for their application in psychotherapy and also in ethics of psychiatry and psychology.
Title of the key lecture: Psychopathology at the dawn of the modern age in Latin America: A historiographical analysis of a clinical case, “The Demonized of Santiago”
École Normale Supérieure
Title of the key lecture: The place of death in mental health: a discussion with Winnicott, Blanchot and Levinas
University of Warsaw
Professor Paweł Łuków is Philosopher in Institute of Philosophy, Warsaw University and in Department of Bioethics and Humanistic Basis of Medicine, Warsaw Medical University. He is Chair of postgraduate studies, Bioethics, at Warsaw University and Editor-in-Chief of ,,Ethics’’ journal. He is a member of National Transplant Council, Bioethics Committee and Ethics in Science Committee. An author of books and numerous articles on Kant ethics, philosophy of medicine and ethics of social life.
Title of the key lecture: It’s not enough to be ill to be a patient
Anton Proksch Institute
Michael Musalek is since 1986 Specialist for Psychiatry and Neurology, since 1993 Psychotherapist, since 1990 Senior University Lecturer for Psychiatry (“venia docendi”), since 1997 Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Vienna, Medical School, since April 2004 General Medical Director of the Anton Proksch Institute, Vienna, since 2015 Chairman of the Institute for Social Aesthetics and Mental Health of the Sigmund Freud University Vienna and Berlin, President European Society for Aesthetics and Medicine. Past President of the Austrian Society of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Board member and Secretary for Sections of the European Psychiatric Association, Chairman of the Section Psychopathology of the European Psychiatric Association, Chairman of the Section Clinical Psychopathology of the World Psychiatric Association
Chair of panel (together with John Sadler): Social Aesthetics of Well-Being
Lecture in the panel: Mental Health and Well-being – Social-aesthetic Perspectives
Polish Academy of Sciences
Professor Marcin Miłkowski is Philosopher in Department of Logic and Cognitive Sciences, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology Polish Academy of Sciences. He is also Editor of „European Journal for the Philosophy of Science” and „Paladyn. Journal of Behavioral Robotics”. His interests focus on computational neurosciences and computer linguistics. He has written a book ,,Explaining the Computational Mind’’ published by MIT Press.
Lecture title: The Search for Theory and Mechanisms in Psychiatry
University of the Mediterranean
University of Warsaw
Zofia Rosińska is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and former Head of Department of Philosophy of Culture in Institute of Philosophy, Warsaw University. Her main interests lies at the philosophy of culture and philosophy of man. She conducts monographic seminars and lectures on the border of cultural philosophy, aesthetics, and depth psychology. In the years 1989–1993 Visiting Professor of Philosophy in St. Lawrence University (Canton, USA). A member of the Polish Philosophical Society, an honorary member of the Scientific Council of the quarterly „ALBO or. Psychology and culture problems. „
Author of books: Kierunki współczesnej psychologii. Ich geneza i rozwój [Directions of modern psychology. Their genesis and development] (1972; 1984; 1987), Jung (1982), Psychoanalytic thinking about art (1985), Freud (1993; 2002), Blaustein. The concept of media reception (2001), Ruch myśli [Movement of Thought] (2012). Co-author of the textbook Psychoterapia. Pogranicza [Psychotherapy. Borderland] (2012).
John Z. Sadler
UT Southwestern Medical Center
John Z. Sadler, MD, is a Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical Sciences and The Daniel W. Foster, M.D. Professor of Medical Ethics at the University of Texas Southern Medical Center. Dr. Sadler directs the Program in Ethics in Sciences & Medicine at UT Southern.
He is a UT Southern Distinguished Teaching Professor, a member of the University of Texas Health Sciences System` s Shine Academy of Health Education, which recognizes distinguished educators throughout the University of Texas Health Sciences System. He is Editor-in-Chief of the John Hopkins University Press journal, Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology, and co-editor of the OUP book series, „International Perspectives on Philosophy and Psychiatry”, the latter spanning over 50 editions.
He is the author, co-author or co-editor of Values and Psychiatric Diagnosis (2005), The Virtous Psychiatris (2010), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Psychiatry (2013), and The Oxford Handbook of Psychiatric Ethics (2015).
Chair of panel (together with Michael Musalek): Social Aesthetics of Well-Being – Lecture in the panel: Aesthetics of Burnout
Title of the key lecture: Expertise and the Art of Living Well
Louis Sass is a Distinguished Professor at Rutgers University, a fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities and a research associate in the history of psychiatry at Cornell Medical College. He is also a research associate in the Center for Cognitive Science and serves on the faculty of the Program in Comparative Literature, both at Rutgers. In 1998-99 he was president of the Division of Psychology and the Arts of the American Psychological Association. In 2006-07, he was president of the Division of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology of American Psychological Association.
He has strong interdisciplinary interests involving the intersection of clinical psychology with philosophy, the arts, and literary studies. He is the author of Madness and Modernism: Insanity in the Light of Modern Art, Literature, and Thought” and The Paradoxes of Delusion: Wittgenstein, Schreber, and the Schizophrenic Mind.
Title of the key lecture: Everywhere and Nowhere:Reflections on phenomenology as impossible and indispensable (in psychology and psychiatry)
Michael Alan Schwartz
Texas A&M Health Science Center
Michael Schwartz, MD, is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Joint Professor of Humanities in Medicine at Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine and a Staff Psychiatrist at Austin State Hospital. He is co-Founding Editor of the journal Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine. He was Founding President of the Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry (AAPP) and is Associate Editor of the journal Philosophy, Psychiatry, Psychology. He is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is also on the National Advisory Council of the Hogg Foundation.
In 2000, Dr. Schwartz was named an “Exemplary Psychiatrist” by NAMI (The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill).
Title of the key lecture: Diversity – A Foundational yet Overlooked Perspective in Psychiatry
University of Chieti
Giovanni Stanghellini, MD and Dr. Philosophy Honoris Causa, Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist, is a Full Professor of Dynamic Psychology and Psychopathology at Chieti University in Italy and Co-founder of the International Network for Philosophy and Psychiatry.
He is Co-editor of the Series International Perspectives in Philosophy and Psychiatry and Founding Chair of the World Psychiatric Association Section on „Psychiatry and the Humanities” and of the European Psychiatric Association Section „Philosophy and Psychiatry”. He is also Co-founder and Co-editor of the series International perspectives in Philosophy and Psychiatry (Oxford University Press) and a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology.
He has written extensively on the philosophical foundations of psychopathology, especially from a phenomenological and anthropological viewpoint.
Title of the key lecture: Videor ergo sum (I’m seen therefore I am). What anorexia reveals about the mind
Plovdiv Medical University
Drozdstoy Soyanov, MD, is Professor and Co-director of University Center for Philosophy and Mental Health, Plovdiv, Bulgaria. He is Co-founder of the Balkan Association of History and Philosophy of Medicine (2005) as well as the Balkan Academy for Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology (2007) and designed the peer-reviewed project for the establishment of the first University Centre in Philosophy and Mental Health (UCPMH) in South-Eastern and Central Europe. In 2012 he has been appointed Vice Chair of the Executive Committee PSIG, Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK. He also works as practicing psychiatrist in the ‘St. Ivan Rilski’ State Psychiatric Hospital.
He published more than 150 scholarly papers, including five monographs and three textbooks.
In 2007-2016 Prof. Stoyanov acted as Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the International Annual for History and Philosophy of Medicine and since 2014 as Associate Editor of the European Journal of Person Centered Health Care. His interests is in philosophy of mental health.
Title of the key lecture: Methodological challenges before translation from psychopathology to neuroscience: top-down or bottom-up causal models?
Werdie Van Staden
University of Pretoria
Werdie (C.W) van Staden is professor of philosophy and psychiatry, director of the Center for Ethics and Philosophy of Health Sciences at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. His clinical attachment is as honorary psychiatrist at Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital, Pretoria. He holds postgraduate qualifications in psychiatry, philosophy and music. At the University of Pretoria, he is the chairperson of the Faculty of Health Sciences Research Ethics Commitee, and directs masters and research doctorate degree programmes in Philosophy & Ethics of Mental Health.
He has published widely in medical and philosophy journals and books. He contributed to co-editing with Professors John Sadler (Texas) and Bill Fulford (Oxford) the Oxford Handbook of Psychiatric Ethics (2015). He is senior editor of Philosophy, Psychiatry & Psychology, regional editor of the International Journal of Person-Centered Medicine, and managing editor of Philosophy, Ethics & Humanities in Medicine, and has been the editor-in-chief of the South African Journal of Psychiatrty from 2006 until 2017.
He chairs the World Psychiatric Associations Section for Philosophy and Humanities in Psychiatry, and is honorary secretary of the World Psychiatric Association`s Section for Classification, Diagnostic Assessment and Nomenclature.
Tille of the key lecture: What should be included and excluded in a psychiatric diagnostic classification?
Lecture in the panel: Well-being and Person-centred Practice (panel Social Aesthetics of Well-Being, chairs: John Sadler and Michael Musalek)
Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology in Warsaw
Jacek Wciórka, MD, PhD, is Professor of Psychiatry, Head of I Psychiatric Clinic and Vice-President of the Board of the Insitute of Psychiatry and Neurology in Warsaw. He is co-author of the National Mental Health Protection Programme and Health Minister’s advisor on community psychiatry within the Programme. He is Editor of Developments in Psychiatry and Neurology and Editor in Chief of Advances in Psychiatry and Neurology Journal.
He has published in the field of clinical psychiatry, community psychiatry and on humanist and social aspects of psychiatry.
Title of the key lecture: Uncovering the psychotic experience: semantic constructions, practical choices
Polish Academy of Sciences
Szymon Wróbel is Psychologist and Professor of Philosophy in Institute of Philosophy and Sociology Polish Academy of Sciences and in Faculty ,,Artes Liberales’’, Warsaw University. His numerous interests include philosophy of mind and language, cognitive sciences and political theories. He is an author of seven books. His last book ,,Deferring the self’’ has been translated into English and published by Peter Lang.
Title of the key lecture: Releasing Affects or the Release from Affects. The Case of Freud and Spinoza
Auburn University at Montgomery
Peter Zachar is Professor of Psychology and Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences in the Department of Psychology at Auburn University, Montgomery, USA. He serves on the editorial boards of Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology; Journal of Personality Disorders among others. He is Co-editor of John Benjamin’s Consciousness and Emotion Book Series and the author of over 100 publications, including Psychological Concepts and Biological Psychiatry: A Philosophical Analysis and A Metaphysics of Psychopathology.
Title of the key lecture: The Aspirations for a Paradigm Shift in DSM-5