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Diagnosis, Knowledge, Culture Conference, September 2013

Diagnosis, Knowledge and Culture

Place: Athene 1, P46, HiOA
Date: 30.09.2013
Time: 09.15 - 17.00
Conference fee: 250,- NOK

Oslo and Akershus University College
of Applied Sciences
Postboks 4 St. Olavs plass
NO-0130 Oslo, Norway
Phone: +47 67 23 50 00

What is the relation between professional knowledge and the political and
cultural context in which it occurs?

This is the topic for the conference "Diagnosis, knowledge and culture" -
with specific focus on the system of diagnosis within mental health.

Diagnosis is central to medical practice, medical knowledge and research,
medicalization dynamics and health and illness experiences. Diagnosis is
also related to welfare options and rights. As the cultural context for
professional practice changes, the professionals in health care services
are faced with the challenge of adapting their existing knowledge and
competence to cross-cultural encounters. This adaption needs to take two
important aspects of diagnostics into consideration: Firstly, the
diagnosis used to account for disease come to shape not only the
observations professionals make and the remedies they prescribe, but also
the very manifestations of disease. Secondly, diagnosis itself is a
cultural issue.
The conference, which has support from the Research Council of Norway's
Programme on the Cultural Conditions Underlying Social Change (SAMKUL),
has DSM (Diagnostic and statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) as its
starting point. The fifth edition of DSM in May 2013, mark one of the most
anticipated events in mental health field, with a new outline for a
cultural formulation.

The speakers will approach this topic from different perspectives, ranging
from social anthropology, sociology and history, psychiatry, law and

Programme: Monday, 30 September, 2013

9.15 Welcome and opening. Anne Birgitte Leseth (SPS/HiOA)
9.30-10.30 Moral injury: Psychiatric Diagnosis of Psychiatry's Cultural
Tragedy of knowledge and history, Arthur Kleinman (Harvard University)
Comments by Unni Wikan (Department of Social Anthropology, University of
10.30-11.00 The Cultural Formulation – an attempt to introduce cultural
awareness in clinical psychiatric diagnosing, Sofie Bäärnhielm
(Transcultural Center, Stockholm)
11.00-11.15 Coffee
11.15-11.45 Burnout: From Popular Culture to Psychiatric Diagnosis in
Sweden, Torbjörn Friberg (Center for professional studies, Malmö
University College)
11.45-12.15 Making Alzheimer's disease matter. Enacting, interfering and
doing politics of nature, Ingunn Moser (Diakonhjemmet University College)
12.15-12.30 Discussion
12.30-13.30 Lunch
13.30-14.00 The limits of the diagnose. Between conspiracy theory and
madness, Katrine Fangen (Department of sociology and human geography,
University of Oslo)
14.00-14.30 Have concepts, will travel – the problem of dialogue between
law and psychiatry in the Breivik- case, Morten Kinander (Norwegian
Business School, BI)
14.30-15.00 Discussion and coffee
15.00-15.30 Knowledge, culture and information in Mental Health Care, Neil
Armstrong (Oxford University, Department of Psychiatry)
15.30-16.00 Shifting Knowledge Regimes. The Case of the Norwegian Health
Care System, Rune Slagstad, (HiOA/ Institute for social research)
16.00-16.30 Closing and discussion

Conference schedule (english)
Place: Athene 1, P46, HiOA
Date: 30.09.2013
Time: 09.15 - 17.00
Conference fee: 250,- NOK

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