Helsinki Symposium on Philosophy of Psychiatry: Culture, Extended and Embodied Cognition and Mental Disorders 2016


30 June – 1 July, 2016, Lapinlahti, Helsinki

An international symposium organized by the Helsinki Network for Philosophy of Psychiatry, in collaboration with TINT (Centre of Excellence in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences), the Subjectivity, Historicity, Communality Research Network and the Doctoral Programme for Philosophy, Arts and Society.

Our theme, Culture, Extended, Embodied Cognition and Mental Disorders, encompasses cultural issues of mental disorders related to diagnostics, definitions and classifications, as well as phenomenological questions of experience, affectivity and embodiment. The aim of the symposium is to open new horizons for interdisciplinary approaches to mental disorders.

Two days of lectures and discussions among researchers and practitioners take place in the historic Lapinlahti Hospital, which is a former mental institution, among the first modern psychiatric hospitals in Europe.

Keynote speakers include:
Giovanna Colombetti, Associate Professor at University of Exeter
Rachel Cooper, Senior Lecturer at Lancaster University
Daniel Hutto, Professor at University of Wollongong
Harold Kincaid, Professor at University of Cape Town
Dominic Murphy, Associate Professor at University of Sydney
Jaakko Seikkula, Professor at University of Jyväskylä

See abstracts and presentation slides here

Registration has ended (June 1st 2016) – if you would like to inquire about extra places, send us an email at psychiatry-symposium[at]


30.6. Thursday

9:30 Registration (& lunch tickets)

10:00 Pii Telakivi & Anna Ovaska, Welcome wishes and a word on Lapinlahti Hospital
10:15-10:45 Tuomas Vesterinen, Culture and the Extension of Mental Disorders
10:45- 12:00 Dominic Murphy, Culture, Cognition and Explanation

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00-13:30 Marion Godman, What Is Cultural and What Is Bounded about (Some) Psychiatric Syndromes?
13:30-14:00 Samuli Pöyhönen & Petri Ylikoski, Causal Matrix for Addiction

14:00-14:30 Coffee break

14:30-15:00 Jaakko Kuorikoski, Susanne Uusitalo, Samuli Pöyhönen & Teemu Toppinen, Neuroscience of Pathological Agency: a Case of Addiction
15:00-15:30 Joona Taipale, The Object of Addiction. Perspectives from Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Phenomenology

15:30-15:45 Break

15:45-17:00 Daniel Hutto, A Reconciliation for the Future of Psychiatry: both Folk Psychology and Cognitive Science

17:00-17:30 Tour around Lapinlahti

19:00 Symposium dinner at Holiday, Katajanokka

1.7. Friday

10:00 Opening
10:10-10:30 Sanna Tirkkonen, Introduction: Experience and Psychiatric Knowledge
10:30-11:45 Jaakko Seikkula, Open Dialogues: Re-organizing Psychiatry and Focusing on Generating Embodied Dialogues

11:45-12:45 Lunch

12:45-14:00 Giovanna Colombetti, Embodied Moods: from Extension to Incorporation

14:00-14:30 Coffee break

14:30-15:00 Caterina Marchionni, Challenging the Mechanistic view in Psychiatry
15:00-16:00 Harold Kincaid, Realism and Antirealism about Psychiatric Classification

16:00-16:15 Break

16:15-17:30 Rachel Cooper, Extended Mental Disorder

17:30 Picnic at Lapinlahti

Saturday 2.7.

Picnic at Suomenlinna


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Should you have any further inquiries, please send us an email to:

Lunches and coffees 20 €
(incl. soup lunches and afternoon coffees/teas for both days):

To: Lapinlahden Lähteen tukiyhdistys ry.
IBAN: FI25 1745 3000 1946 72
Total: 20 €
Additional info/reference: Symposium Lapinlahti

The deadline for lunch payment is June 23rd 2016.

Please note that you will need to show a printed/online receipt of the lunch payment on the first day of the symposium.

The lunches and coffees are provided for us by Lapinlahden Lähde and the Finnish Association for Mental Health.



Lapinlahti Hospital is situated near the center of Helsinki, 700 metres (7 minute walk) from Ruoholahti Metro station and 1,7 km (20 minute walk) from the Central Railway Station.

The easiest way to reach the hospital is to take the metro to Ruoholahti (direction west) and walk from there.

See also the journey planner:


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