One-day research workshop on The Ethics of Disordering on Tuesday 21 June 2016

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Posted on 16 June 2016

The Centre for Professional Ethics, Keele Law School is holding a one-day research workshop on The Ethics of Disordering on Tuesday 21 June 2016 in the Moot Court Room, Chancellors Building, CBC2.028.

We welcome participants from a range of disciplines but particularly those working in the fields of bioethics, sociology, and law. If your work or research involves consideration of the concept of 'disorder' or ‘disordering’ (and/or pathologisation or medicalisation) we hope you will join us to explore the nature of the concept and its implications.

Although the primary aim is to explore the concept of disordering, we are also interested in the process whereby a characteristic, state or condition is conceived of as a disorder potentially for positive (i.e. to get access to support) or negative (i.e. to imprison/control) reasons. This could include temporary states, such as pregnancy; temporal states, such as end-of-life; anatomical difference, such as intersex; gender difference (trans); and psychological or neurological differences, such as autism.

The Programme for the day is as follows:

Moot Room, CBC2.028, Chancellor’s Building

10.30 Registration & Tea/coffee
11.00 Jonathan Sholl (Leuven): Medicalisation and the Individualisation Thesis
11.45 Jonathan Hughes (Keele): Disorder or difference? Reflections on autism and the neurodiversity perspective
12.30 Lunch
13.30 Sorcha Uí Chonnachtaigh (Keele): ‘Disorders of sexual development’ or an unwelcome challenge to the binary conception of sex?
14.15 Dan Degerman (Lancaster): Mental disorder and political agency: How does the medicalization of mental suffering impact the political agency of the sufferers?
15.00 Coffee break
15.15 Roundtable led by Dana Rosenfeld (Keele): On the Concepts of Disorder and Disordering
16.15 Close
18.00 Dinner

For further details and to register, please visit ... 5783956508
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