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SESSION 20.

Neither Bad nor Mad … But Getting Angry! (Workshop)

Kim Pate. Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies

Debbie Kilroy.  Sisters Inside, Brisbane, Australia

Lisa Neve.  Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies

Christine Lamont.  Strength in Sisterhood, Vancouver

The team will discuss the manner in which they have invoked human rights law and strategies in Canada and Australia, as well as the alliances that are being built globally to develop ‘Human Rights in Action’ initiatives with and by women in and from prison.

SESSION 21.

The Politics of Diagnosis II

Norbert Andersch. Maudsley Hospital (SlaM), London, England

David Barfi. Maudsley, Hospital, London, England.

A Psychopathological Revolution: The ‘Matrix-Model’

Purpose: In the mid 19th century ‘Euclidian Geometry’, which over centuries was regarded as the natural and final stage of its discipline found itself replaced by a whole group of virtual and previously unimaginable spheres: the ‘Riemann Geometries’. Only this radical paradigm shift from the obviousness of everyday practice into the abstract worlds of relational and symbolic order allowed Einstein’s and Maxwell’s theories to emerge and modern mathematics to be developed. Psychopathology is in urgent need of a comparable turn - beyond the narrow field of clinical observation towards a theory of ‘mental formation’ - to conceptualize the underlying structural order from which a concept of mental illness can be deducted.

Method: The presentation reconstructs an interdisciplinary theoretical network including Arthur Kronfeld, Kurt Goldstein, Kurt Lewin and Gestalttherapists - all of them relocating the focus of psychopathological observation away from the brain to the inner tension and relational order between individual and environment/social field. This cooperation towards a ‘New Psychopathology’ never entered mainstream psychiatry as all its stakeholders were driven into exile from Nazi-Germany. They all had been influenced by Ernst Cassirer’s “Philosophy of Symbolic Forms”, applying the ideas of constant change in mathematical perspectives and mental complexity to cultural

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