Concepts of Health, Illness and Disease, Workshop 3:
Culture-bound Syndromes

Funded by the AHRC

Tuesday 7 July 2009
University of Lancaster

This one-day workshop will be the third event of a new Multidisciplinary Research Network on The Concepts of Health, Illness and Disease, funded by the AHRC. The network is managed by Dr Havi Carel (UWE) and Dr Rachel Cooper (Lancaster).

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Within the broader framework of the project, which examines the concepts of health, illness and disease, this workshop will focus on culture-bound syndromes. How can disorders be created and destroyed by cultural changes? Are such conditions as ‘real’ as those that manifest uniformly across cultures? How do culture-bound syndromes challenge concepts of health, illness and disease?

Confirmed Speakers
Dr Rachel Cooper, Philosophy, Lancaster
Are culture bound syndromes as “real” as other disorders?

Dr Ivan Crozier, Science Studies, University of Edinburgh
“Koro, Genital Theft, or Whizz-Dick? Psychiatry, Culture-Bound Syndromes, and Penis-Shrinking Anxieties”

Prof Roland Littlewood, Medical Anthropology, UCL
‘Historical and Epistemological Issues, With Some Thoughts on Social Change and Western CBSs’

Dr Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim, History of Medicine, UCL
Title: tbc

Call for papers
Papers on the topic of the workshop from any discipline are invited. Each paper will be given 30 minutes for presentation and discussion. Unfortunately we are unable to cover speakers’ expenses, although attendance at the workshop is free and refreshments will be provided.

Please email a 500-word abstract to Rachel Cooper ([email protected]) by 1 June 2009.

To register
Please email Rachel Cooper ([email protected]) to reserve a place for this workshop. There is no registration fee and refreshments will be provided. A limited number of travel bursaries will be available for graduate students wishing to attend the workshop.

***This workshop is funded by the AHRC***