The Nature and Phenomenology of Neurodivergence

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Programme now announced for the conference at the Humanities Department of Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Thursday 1- Saturday 3 June 2023.

The organisers are delighted to announce the final programme of the forthcoming “The Nature and Phenomenology of Neurodivergence. The 4th Biennial Conference of the Network for Phenomenological Research.”

The conference takes place June 1-3 at the Humanities Department of Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, and is organised by Marta Jorba (UPF), Alessandro Salice (UCC), and Augustín Vincente (UPV/EHU).

June 1st

1000-1100 Robert Chapman: How many neurodivergents should there be?
1100-1140 Kay A. Subijana: Rethinking Autistic Mindedness: A Trans Neurodivergent Approach
1210-1250 Valentina Petrolini: Diagnostic Status and Identity: The Right to Privacy

1430-1510 Kate Quinn & Maxine Caswell: Co-produced Projects Exploring Mental Health and Neurodiversity – Dr Who and Heavy Metal
1510-1610 Jody O’Neill: Play Screening “What I (Don’t) Know About Autism”
1640-1740 Group Discussion with Jody O’Neill

June 2nd

1000-1100 Mads G Henriksen: Psychiatric Comorbidity—A Concept in Need of a Theory
1100-1140 Carolina Flores: Rehabilitating Reasoning in Schizophrenia
1210-1250 Victor Verdejo: On the Rationality of Judgments of Ownerships in Schizophrenia

1430-1510 Anna Drożdżowicz: Linguistic Communication in Mental Healthcare Settings – Towards a Normative Framework
1510-1550 Francesco Fanti Rovetta: The Glass Half Empty—Verbal Rumination as Perspectival Entrenchment
1620-17 Sarah Arnaud: First-Person Perspectives and Scientific Inquiry of Autism. Towards an Integrative Approach

June 3rd

1000-1040 Nina de Boer: Models of mental difference: tools for self-understanding?
1040-1120 Valeria Bizzari & Veronica Boniotti: Dancing Bodies. Towards a New Model of Understanding Neurodivergence
1150-1250 Sofia Jeppsson: The Need for a Wider Understanding of the ‘Social Model of Disability’ for Mental Health Conditions

Participation is free, but registration is required by sending an e-mail to [email protected] before May 15, 2023.

Further information about the conference, incl. abstracts of the talks, can be found at this website: