Key-note speaker: Christoph Singer (University of Innsbruck)


The theme can include the following topics:

How do physical and social spaces influence the mental health for the better or worse? What kind of spaces are created, produced, constructed or appropriated by “healthy” or “unhealthy” minds?

And how do texts establish and narrate the distinction between what is considered mental health and mental “unhealth” (insanity, eccentricity, abnormality, sociopathology or psychopathology)? Where are the limits and possibilities for translating mental well-being or the lack thereof into narratives? Can the traumatized mind relate these experiences in form of narratives in the first place?

What kind of effects and affects are generated by different kinds of spaces: estranged places, open spaces, empty spaces, indoor or outdoor spaces, closed spaces, crammed or claustrophobic spaces, green spaces and blue spaces, dark spaces, hot and cold spaces; monitored spaces, televised spaces, spaces of individual and collective consumption?

Which force fields affecting the mental and social health are in operation and how do these forms regulate the possibility to access spaces of well-being: ideology, religion, politics, faith; social hierarchies or equality; gender, race, class, origin, sexual orientation; conspiracies, equality; secrecy, transparency, communications networks, surveillance; infections (virus, bacteria), radiation; spiritual agents, aliens, corporations, agencies.

How have these discursive force fields traditionally been translated into institutional spaces such as hospitals, asylums, medical waiting rooms and the medical practice? How do these spaces form a part of the heritage of American Cultures?

How are spaces and narratives of well-being manifested in different cultures, ethnicities and diverse communities? In which ways do these forms relate to hegemonic concepts of well-being?

Which relations shape spaces and mental/social health? Attractions, frictions, repulsions, antagonism, alliances, friendships, love, hatred, envy, admiration, tolerance or intolerance, respect, mistrust; trust?

Deadline for paper proposals (300 words) and short professional bios (200 words): September 15, 2021, notice of acceptance and information about registration will be sent out on September 30.

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