Shame, Health & Lived Experience Workshop F2F Copenhagen & online April 2022

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Registration is now open for this event organised by the Centre for Subjectivity Research and the Shame and Medicine Project.

Shame, Health and Lived Experience
A 2-day workshop organised by the Centre for Subjectivity Research and the Shame and Medicine Project, an interdisciplinary research project investigating the role of shame and negative self-conscious emotions in medicine and healthcare.

Shame, Health and Lived Experience is an interdisciplinary workshop that will bring together scholars and practitioners from a wide range of disciplines and fields to reflect on how experiences of shame may impact on health and wellbeing. Shame remains both under-theorized and under-acknowledged in the contexts of health and medicine, however individuals and practitioners commonly acknowledge that shame is often significant when considering an individual’s health status – it can be both a ‘symptom’ and a possible cause of ill health. The aim of this workshop is to investigate through various disciplinary lenses and approaches how shame manifests in lived experience and the consequences and implications for health.


Confirmed speakers:

Carsten Stage (Aarhus University) – ‘Shame and Chronic illness – Exploring the Affective Complexities of Illness-related Shame through Participatory Research on Social Media.’

Alba Montes Sánchez (University College Cork) and Dan Zahavi (University of Copenhagen) – ‘The Nature and Appropriateness of Survivor Shame.’

Dawn Leeming (University of Huddersfield) – ‘Researching a Taboo.’

Emily Hartz (University of Copenhagen) – ‘Eldercare and the Lived Experience of Shame and Boredom.’

Jane MacNaughton (Durham University) – ‘Shame in Women’s Reproductive Health.’

Luna Dolezal (University of Exeter) & Barry Lyons (Children’s Health Ireland) – ‘Unsettling Consent?: Considering the Phenomenology of Shame in Clinical Encounters.’

Phil Hutchinson (Manchester Metropolitan University) – ‘Title TBC’

Ruth Riley (University of Birmingham) – ‘Shame Associated with the Stigma of Mental Ill Health and Culture of Invulnerability in Doctors.’

Will Bynum (Duke University) –‘Learning Medicine in the ‘Shadow of Shame’: A Qualitative Exploration of Shame Experienced across the Continuum of Medical Education.’

Time: 28 April – 29 April 2022

Place: University of Copenhagen, South Campus, Karen Blixens Plads 8, auditorium 22.0.11 and Zoom. View map.

Organizer: Center for Subjectivity Research and ‘Shame and Medicine’ Project, University of Exeter



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