Sonntag, 24. Juli 2016

support #kritische #universität #innsbruck!!


Universität Innsbruck - Mitbestimmung der Studierenden immer weiter eingeschränkt.

Die Mitbestimmung und Mitgestaltung der Studierenden an der Leopold Franzens Universität Innsbruck wird immer weiter eingeschränkt. So gibt es in der gegenwärtigen universitären Realität, die vom passiven Auswendiglernen und sturem ECTS-Punkte Sammeln bestimmt ist, kaum mehr Möglichkeiten für Student_innen, sich selbstständig, emanzipatorisch und kritisch mit Wissen innerhalb von Universität auseinanderzusetzen. Die ursprüngliche Aufgabe der Universität, kritische Wissenschaft zu betreiben und die bestehenden verfestigten Strukturen, Systeme und Hierarchien zu hinterfragen, sichtbar zu machen und neu zu gestalten, ist dadurch gefährdet. Mittlerweile sind alle Errungenschaften, der letzten Student_innenbewegung, wieder zunichte gemacht worden.


Im Oktober 2009 wurden im Zuge der #unibrennt-Bewegung an mehreren österreichischen Universitäten Hörsäle besetzt, um auf die Missstände an der Universität aufmerksam zu machen. Die Forderung, die Erhöhung des Bildungsbudgets, mehr Mitspracherecht für Studierende und einen freien Hochschulzugang.

In Innsbruck konnten durch die zweimonatige Besetzung der Sowi-Aula einige Forderungen durchgesetzt werden. Die Studierenden erhielten einen selbstverwalteten Raum im Geiwi-Turm sowie ein Budget für das Organisieren von Lehrveranstaltungen und somit im Rahmen der Kritischen Uni die Möglichkeit, unmittelbar und mit einer gewissen Autonomie Einfluss auf das Lehrveranstaltungsangebot der Universität zu nehmen.


Seit dieser Zeit wurden diese Errungenschaften systematisch revidiert. Nachdem schon im Frühjahr 2015 der selbstverwaltete Raum geschlossen wurde, ist nun auch durch einen Beschluss des Vizerektorats für Lehre und Studierende das Budget der Kritischen Uni ist gestrichen worden. Somit wurde der Kritischen Uni jegliche Grundlage für die von Studierenden aktiv mitgestalteten Lehrveranstaltungen zur Förderung von gesellschafts- und wissenschaftskritischer Lehre entzogen. (Mehr Informationen zur Kritischen Uni unterhttp://www.kritischeuni.at/)


Das alles sind Symptome eines größeren Problems: Die Einschränkung der Mitbestimmung von Studierenden und der Ausbau undemokratischer und autoritärer Strukturen. Zudem wird von Seiten der Politik zu wenig Geld für Bildung bereitgestellt und die Universität selbst kürzt oft an den falschen Stellen - sehr zum Leidwesen der Studierenden.


Daher fordern wir:


Mehr Einfluss für Studierende auf den Inhalt ihres Studiums

·   Lehrveranstaltungen, welche von Studierenden mitgestaltet werden

·   Mehr Mitsprache bei den Curricula

·   Studierende sollten die Möglichkeit haben, stärker individuelle Schwerpunkte zu setzen. In vielen Studiengängen stehen lediglich 10 ECTS im Rahmen von „Interdisziplinären Kompetenzen" oder "Außerfachlichen Kompetenzen" zur Verfügung


Budget um eigenständig Lehrveranstaltungen zu organisieren

·   Studierende haben somit direkten Einfluss auf das Lehrangebot der Universität

·   Jung-Wissenschaftler_innen, die keine fixe Anstellung haben, erhalten die Möglichkeit Erfahrungen zu sammeln

·   Fehlende Thematiken können an die Universität geholt werden

·   Lehrveranstaltungs-Bedürfnisse der Studierenden können berücksichtigt werden

·   Es kann flexibel auf aktuelle gesellschaftliche, politische, soziale und wissenschaftliche Gegebenheiten eingegangen werden


Ausbau des räumlichen Angebots für Studierende und deren Organisationen

·   Vorhandene Räumlichkeiten der Universität Innsbruck müssen den gesetzlichen Bestimmungen zur Barrierefreiheit genügen und sollen dementsprechend adaptiert werden

·   Die Universität ist verpflichtet, den Studierendenvertretungen entsprechende Räumlichkeiten zur Durchführung ihrer Aufgaben zur Verfügung zu stellen. Diese sollen in ausreichender Zahl und Größe angeboten werden

·   Darüber hinaus sollen auch Räumlichkeiten für Studierendeninitiativen, die in keinem direkten Zusammenhang mit der ÖH stehen, zur Verfügung gestellt werden und von den Studierenden selbstverwaltet organisiert werden können


Drittel-Parität in den Kommissionen wieder einführen

·   Eine Rückkehr zur Drittelparität in allen Kommissionen der Uni Innsbruck, insbesondere des Senats und der Berufungskommissionen


Ausfinanzierung des Hochschulsektors

·   Koordinierter Einsatz von Universität und Studierendenvertretung der Uni Innsbruck zur Einforderung der versprochenen Zuweisung von 2% des BIPs


Unterstütze uns und mach mit! Unterzeichne die OnlinePetition, leite sie an Kommiliton_innen, Kolleg_innen und Interessierte weiter und gestalte die Universität aktiv mit!




weitere Informationen:




Unibrennt-Bewegung: http://unsereuni.at & http://unibrennt.at

Samstag, 23. Juli 2016

#Conference: 'Discourses of #Care: Care in Media, Medicine and Society¹; Glasgow, 5-7 Sept 2016


'Discourses of Care: Care in Media, Medicine and Society', University of Glasgow, September 5-7th 2016

Keynote speakers: Prof. Eva Feder Kittay (Stony Brook University), Prof. Andrew Kötting (Filmmaker, University for the Creative Arts), Sara Harkins (BBC Scotland) and Maria McGill (Children's Hospice Association Scotland).

Registration for the above conference is now open and the provisional programme can be found on our webpage - https://discoursesofcareblog.wordpress.com

This includes a timetable of the conference and the current arrangement of panels/papers. We're also very pleased to confirm that the screening on the Tuesday evening will be Andrew Kötting's This Our Still Life (2011) followed by a Q&A.
 
Registration for the conference is free and you can book via eventbrite - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/discourses-of-care-care-in-media-medicine-and-society-tickets-26129629425

Email discoursesofcare@gmail.com for further details.
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Initiative Kritische Psychologie
Initiative Critical Psychology

Daniel Sanin
Klinischer und Gesundheitspsychologe
Clinical and Health Psychologist

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Donnerstag, 16. Juni 2016

#CfA: Das #Geschlecht der #Menschenrechte von der Frühen Neuzeit bis zur #Gegenwart

 



Roman Birke, Carola Sachse 
 
Call for Articles
Sammelband: Das Geschlecht der Menschenrechte von der Frühen Neuzeit bis zur Gegenwart
 
Deadline für Einreichungen: 10. Juli 2016
 
Der Arbeitsbereich "Wissen - Macht - Geschlecht" (Leitung: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Carola Sachse) am Institut für Zeitgeschichte der Universität Wien beschäftigt sich seit längerem mit der Geschlechtergeschichte der Menschenrechte (vgl. Carola Sachse, Atina Grossman, Hg.: "Human Rights, Utopias, and Gender in Twentieth-Century Europe", Central European His-tory 44/1, 2011; Carola Sachse: "Leerstelle: Geschlecht. Zur Kritik der neueren zeithistorischen Menschenrechtsforschung ", in: L'Homme. Europäische Zeitschrift für feministische Geschichtswissenschaft, 25/1, 2014). Im Anschluss an die an der Universität Wien abgehaltenen Ring-Vorlesung "Das Geschlecht der Menschenrechte von der Frühen Neuzeit bis in die Gegenwart" im Sommer 2015 ( http://gender-humanrights.univie.ac.at) bereiten wir für 2017 die Veröffentlichung eines Sammelbandes vor. 
 
Der Sammelband soll Beiträge versammeln, die aus einer dezidiert geschlechterhistorischen Perspektive Nachfragen an die zentralen Thesen der neueren historischen Menschenrechtsforschung stellen. Ein zentraler Ausgangspunkt ist dabei die Tatsache, dass Menschenrechte sowohl als Rechte von Individuen, als auch als Rechte von Familien, nationalen, ethnischen oder kulturellen Gruppen eingefordert werden und verfasst sind. Dieses latente Spannungsverhältnis von individuellen und kollektiven Menschenrechten manifestiert sich vor allem, aber nicht nur am Status von Frauen: Als Menschen mag ihnen Gleichberechtigung zuerkannt werden; als Mitglieder von Familien und anderen Kollektiven sind sie jedoch zumeist in nicht-egalitäre und häufig benachteiligende Machtstrukturen eingebunden, die ihrerseits durch kollektive, kulturelle, soziale oder religiöse Selbstbestimmungsrechte legitimiert werden. 
 
Weitere Informationen entnehmen Sie bitte dem beigefügten Anhang. 
Den vollständigen Call finden Sie unter den folgenden Adressen: 
 
 


Dienstag, 14. Juni 2016

Anmeldungen #Ferienuni #KritischePsychologie 2016 jetzt möglich!

> (english information: http://2016.ferienuni.de/announcement/)
>
> Liebe Leute,
>
> wir möchten euch herzlich zur (kostenlosen) Ferienuni Kritische
> Psychologie mit Kongress vom 13. bis 17. September 2016 an der
> Alice-Salomon-Hochschule in Berlin einladen. Die Anmeldung ist ab jetzt
> offen.
>
> Das Konzept der Ferienuni 2016 richtet sich an Menschen ohne Vorwissen
> (Ferienuni-Teil), die in den 5 Tagen sich die zentralen Begriffe und
> Theorien der Kritischen Psychologie aneignen können. Der Kongress-Teil
> dient Fortgeschrittenen als Austausch-Plattform, innerhalb derer neue
> Studien und Ansätze diskutiert werden sollen.
>
> Im Folgenden findet ihr den Ankündigungstext der Ferienuni im Detail
> (Themenschwerpunkte). Darüber hinaus gibt es Infos und die Möglichkeit
> zur Anmeldung unter www.ferienuni.de
>
> :: FERIENUNIVERSITÄT KRITISCHE PSYCHOLOGIE 2016 ::
>
> Vom 13.-17. September 2016 findet unter dem Motto "Vom Kopf auf die
> Füße" an der Alice Salomon Hochschule Berlin (!!) wieder eine
> Ferienuniversität Kritische Psychologie statt
>
> Informationen, die Anmeldung und das Programm findet ihr unter
> http://2016.ferienuni.de/
>
> Zu dem diesjährigen runden Jahrestag der 10. Ferienuni Kritische
> Psychologie haben wir uns entschlossen, das Konzept weiter
> auszudifferenzieren, indem wir neben der einführenden Ferienuni parallel
> einen weiterführenden Kongress organisieren.
> Die Ferienuni und der Kongress dienen dazu, sich mit der Kritischen
> Psychologie auseinanderzusetzen und sich über Theorien und Entwicklungen
> innerhalb der Kritischen Psychologie auszutauschen und zu vernetzen.
>
> Die Arbeitsgruppe um Klaus Holzkamp begann mit einer Kritik der Funktion
> der Psychologie als Herrschaftswissenschaft und ihrer Methodik, die
> menschliches „Verhalten" auf Handeln unter fremdgesetzten Bedingungen
> reduziert.
>
> Die Kategorien und Theorien der Kritischen Psychologie dienen hingegen
> der Analyse vom subjektiven Standpunkt der Betroffenen im Kontext ihrer
> gesellschaftlichen Situation und Position. Der Ansatz versteht sich als
> marxistische Subjektwissenschaft und zielt auf die „soziale
> Selbstverständigung", die im Blick behält, dass gesellschaftliche
> Verhältnisse von Menschen geschaffen und daher auch von Menschen
> verändert werden können.
>
> Die thematischen Schwerpunkte in diesem Jahr sind:
>
> Ferienuni Kritische Psychologie:
>
> Veranstaltungen im Rahmen der Ferienuni sind als Einführung in die
> Kritische Psychologie konzipiert, bei denen kein Vorwissen vorausgesetzt
> wird. Hier kann man sich mit den Theorien, Begriffen und Kategorien der
> Kritischen Psychologie vertraut machen. Darüber hinaus werden
> Veranstaltungen zu kritischer Wissenschaft allgemein angeboten. Hier
> soll allen Interessierten die Möglichkeit geboten werden, sich
> grundlegendes Wissen aufzubauen und sich somit ein Fundament für die
> weitere Auseinandersetzung mit den Thema zu schaffen.
>
> Kongress Kritische Psychologie:
>
> Ziel des Kongresses ist es, Foren zu schaffen, in denen Kritische
> Psycholog*innen ihre Arbeit vorstellen und sich austauschen können.
> Ferner soll auf dem Kongress die Möglichkeit geboten werden, die
> Kritische Psychologie zu anderen Ansätzen ins Verhältnis zu setzen.
>
> Der Kongress gliedert sich in die Themenblöcke Wissenschaft, Praxis und
> Gesellschaft, wobei die drei Bereiche durchaus in einander greifen
> können und sollen.
>
> Der Themenblock Wissenschaft reflektiert aktuelle psychologische
> Forschung und befasst sich mit Kritisch-Psychologischen
> Forschungsmethoden und -projekten und der Frage, wie
> subjektwissenschaftliche Forschung realisiert werden kann.
>
> Der Themenblock Praxis widmet sich der Auseinandersetzung mit den
> Bereichen Therapie, Beratung und psychosoziale Praxis aus der
> Perspektive der Kritischen Psychologie sowie der Umsetzung
> kritisch-psychologischer Konzepte.
>
> Gesellschaft ist der Themenblock, welcher sich mit den Widersprüchen,
> die notwendig aus einer kapitalistischen Produktionsweise entstehen,
> befasst und die Rolle von Subjekt und Gesellschaft sowie die Interaktion
> beider untersucht.

Samstag, 4. Juni 2016

The Roots of Mental Health

http://goop.com/the-roots-of-mental-health-maybe-theyre-not-in-our-heads/
> The Roots of Mental Health—Maybe They're Not In Our Heads
>
> The number of people—and women in particular—who are taking antidepressants worldwide has skyrocketed in recent years. Here in the States, the count is at 30 million. One out of every four women in their forties and fifties takes them. And antidepressants aren't just being prescribed for depression; they're being given to those of us struggling with PMS, stress, irritability, anxiety, lack of sleep, and so on. But what if antidepressants aren't a cure for any of these conditions, or even a safe way to treat the symptoms?
>
> In her book, A Mind of Your Own, Dr. Kelly Brogan (board certified in psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine, and integrative holistic medicine) argues that our common understanding of depression as a disease caused by chemical imbalances in the brain is…entirely wrong. Lifestyle imbalances, and inflammation, she explains, are actually at the root of depression and anxiety. Dr. Brogan's case against conventional medicine—backed up by a veritable library of shocking research studies, along with personal stories we can all relate to—is very compelling. As are her suggested solutions (and 30-day action plan) for finally feeling well and like yourself, pill-free. Below, Dr. Brogan shares a new paradigm for mental health.
>
> A Q&A with Kelly Brogan, M.D.
>
> Q
>
> One of your big arguments is that depression is not a disease, but a symptom—can you explain?
>
> A
>
> We have been told a story about depression: that it's likely genetically driven and if it develops, it's because of brain chemical imbalances that require management by chemical medications, often for the rest of our lives. This is a false tale that has been sold to us by an industry that has influenced the training of doctors and has spent billions on messaging patients through direct-to-consumer advertising. I invested my entire career in this narrative as a conventionally trained psychiatrist until I learned the truth.
>
> In six decades, there has been no evidence of a discrete chemical imbalance that causes depression. This isn't all that surprising, however, when you zoom out a bit to realize that depression is not one thing. It is an indication of imbalance. It's as if your toe hurts—it can hurt because you have an infection in the toenail, you have a string tied around it too tight, or you dropped a hammer on it. The hurting is just an invitation to investigate further to identify the best way to resolve the problem.
>
> It is time, even according to leaders in the field, to let go of the chemical imbalance theory and take a fresh look at what the science says. Depression is rooted in inflammation, not the brain. The human body interacts with its environment with deep intelligence. Your body creates symptoms for a reason. Depression is a meaningful symptom of a mismatch, biologically, with lifestyle—we eat a poor diet, harbor too much stress, lack sufficient physical movement, deprive ourselves of natural sunlight, expose ourselves to environmental toxins, and take too many drugs. Inflammation is the language that the body speaks, expressing imbalance, telling you that something is wrong somewhere that needs your attention. We usually suppress these symptoms with medication, but that is like turning off the smoke alarm when you have a fire.
>
> What if your depression is actually a thyroid imbalance? Blood sugar instability? Food intolerance or a side effect of a medication? It makes little sense to treat any of these reversible conditions with a psychiatric medication, but it's easy to fall into the trap of the quick fix, particularly if you are a woman. Women are twice as likely to be prescribed medication when they present to their doctors with complaints like flat mood, fogginess, poor concentration, poor motivation, and feelings of overwhelm.
>
> Depression is an opportunity. It is a sign for us to stop and figure out what's causing our imbalance rather than just masking, suppressing, or rerouting the symptoms. It's a chance to choose a new story, to engage in radical transformation, to say yes to a different life experience.
>
> Q
>
> Modern antidepressants are based on the idea that serotonin improves mood. But you make the case that this is all a myth—how?
>
> A
>
> Despite being taught, in my training, that antidepressants were to the depressed (and to the anxious, OCD, IBS, PTSD, bulimic, anorexic, etc.) what glasses are to the near-sighted, I don't buy this anymore. I don't think patients are getting the whole truth.
>
> Here's the deal: There is not a single human study that supports the "monoamine hypothesis" of depression, which is the idea that depression is caused by a certain kind of chemical imbalance in the brain, such as under-activity of serotonin. The only studies in which tryptophan (an amino acid precursor to serotonin) depletion resulted in depression were in patients who had previously taken antidepressants.
>
> Imaging studies, post-mortem suicide assessments, and animal models have never yielded consistent patterns of neurotransmitter levels, metabolites, or receptor profiles. Compelling discussions by Drs. Joanna Moncrieff and David Cohen suggest that antidepressants actually create abnormal states rather than repair them. They use the analogy of alcohol's disinhibiting effects: The fact that booze can ease one's social phobia does not imply that alcohol is an appropriate treatment or a correcting agent.
>
> Direct-to-consumer advertising in America has allowed pharmaceuti cal companies to "teach" the public about brain chemical imbalances and serotonin deficiencies through cleverly worded taglines and absent FDA-policing.
>
> But they do work! Say many patients and their prescribers. And they do work! Sometimes. Thanks to active placebo effect or expectations of relief that manifest as actual physiologic changes—as demonstrated by Harvard's Dr. Irving Kirsch, a placebo effect expert. (He also collected unpublished data to show that more studies demonstrated lack of effect compared to marginal benefit largely attributed to placebo.)
>
> Q
>
> What's the thread that connects our gut and brain to inflammation and depression?
>
> A
>
> I think that for most of us, the impact of the brain on the gut is intuitive. We've all had butterflies with excitement, lost our appetite when we've fallen in love, or had diarrhea before a big performance or event. What's less intuitive, but now has been substantiated by two decades of medical research, is the impact of the gut on the brain. We now understand that the gut communicates information to the brain about the environment and that the microbial ecology of our gut—the microbiome—manages this communication. The language used by the body is inflammatory messengers.
>
> In this way, depression joins the ranks of all of the diseases of modern civilization, including heart disease, autoimmunity, and cancer. The body is setting off alarm bells in the form of inflammation in an effort to adapt to perceived stressors. The most powerful way to send a signal of safety is to heal the gut through whole foods. Ancient medical practices from Ayurveda to Chinese medicine have known this for thousands of years. We are just learning about the complex interconnectedness between all of these systems we have come to believe are separate entities.
>
> Q
>
> How does food affect our mood, and what kind of diet do you recommend to your patients struggling with stress/anxiety/depression?
>
> A
>
> We don't eat food anymore. We eat food-like products, and when we eat actual foods, they have often been grown in depleted soil, shipped across the globe, and saturated with chemicals. Food is not just fuel, though. Food is information, and it speaks to our genes. We no longer can get away with eating food that screams at our genes. We need food that whispers a love song. The wrong food can impact your mood by driving blood sugar imbalance (which can masquerade as anxiety attacks, chronic fatigue, ADHD, and depression), by impacting your brain through your immune system in the case of dairy and wheat, and by depriving you of nutrients essential to balance hormones, your gut, your immune system, and your nervous system.
>
> I work with a dietary template that I used to put my own Hashimoto's thyroiditis into remission and that has worked with hundreds of patients. It is a diet high in natural fat, and organic foods, including those from animals. As a former ethical vegetarian, it has taken a lot of research, learning, and mentorship from the now late Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez to appreciate the role of animal foods in healing certain conditions. In the end, the dietary template I recommend often just "feels right" to the women it is meant to heal. It's almost like I'm giving them permission to eat what they already know, deep down, that they should be eating.
>
> Q
>
> What's the latest research on the link between toxins and anxiety/depression?
>
> A
>
> We are swimming in a sea of 80,000+ unstudied chemicals that we never evolved, over 2.5 million years, to recognize. Our immune systems are ablaze because of it and our hormones are going haywire. I have grave concerns about endocrine-disrupting plastics, about fluoride in our tap water that directly affects the brain and thyroid, about pesticides that decimate healthy gut bacteria, and about neurotoxic metals like mercury and aluminum. Mostly, we are beginning to see that the dose doesn't necessarily make the poison and that small amounts of these chemicals combine and interact with our systems in unique ways to cause significant problems, many of which manifest psychiatrically.
>
> We have to also include medications, now the third leading cause of death in America, in this discussion. Medications from antibiotics to birth control pills to antacids to over-the-counter pain relievers to even antidepressants themselves are based on a one-size-fits-all model of human physiology. This can be Russian Roulette-causing, and perpetuate chronic mental illness.
>
> Q
>
> What are other important lifestyle changes that can make a significant difference?
>
> A
>
> I put food first and I work with my patients to take this "prescription" very seriously. I want them to experience an internal shift through prioritizing nutrition. When they do, they understand that the power to change their experience was always just under their nose. They don't need a doctor or a guru. They just need to get back to basics and honor themselves.
>
> I also ask them to start with 3-12 minutes a day of a Kundalini yoga medical meditation. We have to rewire the nervous system, our perceptions, and release fear. In my experience, this ancient technology can take you there and beyond, very quickly.
>
> I ask them to move. This can be 20 minutes a week of high intensity, low volume interval training on an elliptical. It can be dance or yoga.
>
> I ask them to honor their sleep and we begin detoxification of their home environment—products, air, water, and electromagnetics.
>
> We also engage in a mindset shift. Through this process, we remember what we have forgotten—that the body is best at self-healing if we just get out of our own way. We realize that we can reclaim something we gave away. Something that's not available through a model of care based on life-long pharmaceuticals. It's that feeling that we are always missing something even if our symptoms are "managed." It's our personal power and fearlessness. With this, anything is possible, including becoming medication-free after decades of exposure. Remember, this is your journey for a reason and there are no regrets.
>
> Q
>
> Which medical tests can actually help pinpoint the root cause of what we commonly think of as mood disorders?
>
> A
>
> At the very start of treatment, as my patients begin my strict dietary protocol, I order the following tests:
>
> Thyroid function tests: TSH, free T3, free T4, thyroid autoantibodies, and reverse T3
>
> Underlying genetic variant: the MTHFR gene test (the MTHFR gene produces the MTHFR enzyme, methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase, which is essential for several bodily processes that directly tie into mental well-being)
>
> Signs of vitamin B12 deficiency: serum vitamin B12 levels and homocysteine levels, which can detect B12 deficiency as well
>
> Levels of inflammation: High-sensitivity C-reactive protein
>
> Blood sugar balance: Hemoglobin A1C
>
> Vitamin D deficiency: Levels of 25OH vitamin D in the blood
>
> Q
>
> For people who are on antidepressant meds and who want to get off them, what's your recommendation?
>
> A
>
> This has become my unintended specialty. I have learned that these medications can be some of the most challenging of all chemicals to detox from and that their withdrawal syndromes are serious. I believe everyone deserves a chance at a new chapter and a shift in mindset to one that embraces their human experience as meaningful and rejects the illusion of the magic pill that promises to keep you punching the clock. When my patients decide they are ready to taper off of medication, first we begin with healing their body. If you imagine yourself to be a bucket that is almost full, the stress of a taper is likely to cause overflow. If we can drain the bucket with lifestyle changes like those outlined in my program first, then the taper can be a relative breeze.
>
> A typical pace can be determined after a "test dose" decrease of approximately 25% of the total daily dose. After 2-4 weeks, if this has been tolerated, this increment can be attempted at a pace of every 2-4 weeks. Many patients will need to drop down to 10% of the total dose, particularly closer to the final 25% of the total dose. Because withdrawal effects can be delayed and fluctuate, it can be challenging to identify whether symptoms are related to a recent dose decrease or even a previous one. Remaining stable for several months may sometimes be necessary before proceeding.
>
> In my practice, I never taper if fear is the dominant emotion. We have too much data that tells us about the power of what is called expectancy (belief around what is happening in treatment) to determine the outcome of an intervention. If you are afraid of life without meds, life without meds will come back to scare you. If, on the other hand, you feel empowered, energized, and excited about awakening to your true self and moving through this window, then you will succeed. I do not start patients on meds under any circumstances, so if they struggle after a completed medication taper, we never return to meds. This means that we ask why they are struggling, we investigate whether it is physiologic and/or psycho-spiritual, and we commit to sitting in it for a bit, making space for it, until it becomes clear. This is a different mindset. It's one of tolerance, patience, and trust. Fear is something we name, acknowledge, and allow, but do not engage or react from.
>

Donnerstag, 21. Januar 2016

Kurswechsel 4/2015:# Klasse – #Klassismus – #Klassenkampf / Debattenforum zu Pri­va­ti­sie­rungs­ent­wick­lun­gen in der #Flüchtlingsbetreuung

Kurzbeschreibung des Heftes:

bell hooks trat im Jahr 2000 mit „where we stand: class mat­ters“ für das
Zusam­men­den­ken von Ras­sis­men und Sexis­men mit der Klas­sen­frage
ein. Ihr Anlie­gen blieb nicht unbe­merkt: Das Kon­zept „Klasse“ erlebt
ein Come­back. Anläss­lich der Kon­junk­tu­ren der Klas­sen­dis­kus­sion
legen wir den Fokus auf Klas­sis­mus und grei­fen die aktu­el­len
Debat­ten rund um die Klas­sen­frage auf.

Editorial online unter:


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Zum Inhalt:

Hans-Günter Thien: Klas­sen in der aktu­el­len Diskussion. Einige
Über­le­gun­gen

María do Mar Cas­tro Varela: „Klas­sena­part­heid“. Klas­sen­herr­schaft
post­ko­lo­nial perspektiviert

Andreas Kem­per: „Klas­sis­mus!“ heißt Angriff. Warum wir von Klas­sis­mus
spre­chen soll­ten – und warum dies bis­her nicht geschah

Mar­tin Birkner: Aus­beu­tung oder Respektlosigkeit? Eine
pos­tope­rais­ti­sche Kri­tik am Klassismus-Diskurs

Tanja Abou: Pro­lo­les­ben und Arbeiter*innentöchter. Inter­ven­tio­nen in
den femi­nis­ti­schen Main­stream der 1980er und 1990er Jahre

Irm­traud Voglmayr: Ver­ge­schlecht­lichte Klassen. Mediale
Reprä­sen­ta­tio­nen pre­kä­rer „Teenager-Mütter“

Ste­fan Wellgraf: Ein Ort der Verachtung. Die Haupt­schule als
insti­tu­tio­na­li­sierte Form von Klassismus

Mar­kus Gries­ser, Bir­git Sauer: Zwi­schen Kon­junk­tur­puf­fer und
Tauschobjekt. Klas­sen­kom­pro­misse, Gewerk­schaf­ten und Migra­tion im
Öster­reich der Zwei­ten Republik

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Aktu­elle Debatte: Pri­va­ti­sie­rungs­ent­wick­lun­gen in der
Flüchtlingsbetreuung

Wie sich die öffentliche Hand selbst aus der Verantwortung nimmt – und wie
sich die vermehrte Privatisierung der Flüchtlingsbetreuung auswirkt: Das
sind Fragen, die in der neuen Ausgabe der Zeitschrift „Kurswechsel“
aufschlussreich diskutiert werden. Die hier versammelten Beiträge geben
zudem Hintergrundinfos zu Themen wie: Warum übernehmen zunehmend auf
Gewinn ausgerichtete Unternehmen öffentliche Aufgaben vom Staat in einer
Vielzahl von Bereichen? Ist dies verfassungsrechtlich überhaupt erlaubt?
Welche längerfristigen Auswirkungen hat diese schleichende Privatisierung
und Ökonomisierung des Staates? Welche Folgen hat konkret die Vergabe der
Flüchtlingsbetreuung an Firmen wie ORS in Traiskirchen, die primär der
Profitorientierung verpflichtet sind?

Christa Schla­ger, Cor­ne­lia Staritz: Edi­to­rial

Ronald Früh­wirth, Kon­rad Lachmayer: Pri­va­ti­sie­rung der
Flüchtlingsbetreuung. Zwi­schen unter­neh­me­ri­scher
Gewinn­ma­xi­mie­rung und Zivilgesellschaft

Mar­tin Schenk: Trais­kir­chen: „Wir sind nur Dienstleister“.
Kom­mer­zia­li­sie­rung und Zäh­mung von Flücht­lings– und Sozialarbeit

Ilker Ataç: Frei­wil­li­gen­ar­beit als Not­na­gel oder Neu­for­mie­rung
von Zivilgesellschaft?

Donnerstag, 3. Dezember 2015

#CfP Deadline #Extended #Psychologie & #Gesellschaftskritik »Kritik der Sucht- und #Drogenhilfe«

***Mit der Bitte um Beachtung und Weiterleitung***

Sucht ist zwar ein vielschichtiges Phänomen, die Zeiten des Labeling-Ansatzes, von „Drug-Set-Setting", gar kulturhistorischer Herangehensweisen scheinen jedoch vorbei: In der Praxis der Suchthilfe dominieren implizite und explizite Theorien der Pathologie, Pharmakologie und der Biologie.
Von der Medizin und dem psychologisch-therapeutischen Apparat als Erkrankung gepachtet, ist Sucht zum Schatten ihrer selbst verkommen. Der Bezug zu Kultur und Gesellschaft ist verlo­ren gegangen. Durch das Krankheitskonzept ist auch das Suchthilfesystem aus dem kritischen Blickfeld gefallen. Die behandelnden Instanzen erscheinen in einer unterstützenden Funktion hilfsbedürftiger – weil kranker – Subjekte. Stigmatisierende, entmündigende, disziplinierende Aspekte treten dabei schnell in Hintergrund. Durch den Schleier des Natürlichen geht dem Blick auf Sucht die Gesellschaftlichkeit verlo­ren: Was Erfüllungswunsch an gesellschaftlich aktuelle Ideale ist oder das Scheitern daran wird zur Biochemie und Neuropsychologie.
Sucht als Schnittstelle individueller und gesellschaftlicher Problemlagen, subjektiver Bewälti­gungsversuch, Symptom, Krankheit, Ausdruck gesellschaftlicher und kultureller Disziplinierung u.v.m. sichtbar werden zu lassen, ist Ziel dieses Heftes: zwischen Individuum und Gesellschaft, zwischen Individuum und Umfeld, zwischen Individuum und Kultur, sowie im Besonderen zwi­schen Individuum und Suchthilfe.

Folgende Themen/Fragen können der Inspiration dienen:
Bereich Pathologie: Gibt es einen "wahren" Kern von Sucht?; Psychologische Sucht­theorien in der Kritik; Gute Medikamente vs. böse Drogen
Bereich Therapie: Therapie mit Drogen; Haltungen in der Therapie/Behandlung/Bera­tung; Selbstheilung; Suchthilfe als Teil der Lösung oder des Problems?
Bereich Drogenpolitik: Suchtprävention zwischen Aufklärung und Disziplinierung; Kriti­sche Reflexion der Bedingungen der Drogenhilfe (für die dort Arbeitenden und die Hilfe­suchenden)
Bereich Kultur: Sucht als Disziplinierung; Utopie/Dystopie der Drogen; "queering" Suchthilfe?

Vorschläge für Beiträge bitte in elektronischer Form bis 31.03.2016 an critpsych@gmail.com

Daniel Sanin & Claudia Tiapal (Gastherausgeberinnen)

Der CfP sowie die Hinweise für Autor_innen finden sich hier: http://www.psychologie-aktuell.com/gesellschaftskritik.html

Wir wünschen uns von den Autor_innen eine geschlechtersensible Schreibweise. Verschiedene Arten des Gendern sind möglich, sei es durch die jeweilige Nennung beider Geschlechter (»Autorin und Autor«), durch Binnen-I (»AutorIn«) oder Schrägstrich (»Autor/in«) oder durch die Formen des Unterstrichs (»Autor_in«) oder des Sternchens (»Autor*in«), mit denen Identitäten jenseits des binären Mann-Frau (z.B. Trans*, Inter*) benannt und sichtbar gemacht werden können. Denjenigen Autor_innen, denen diese Formen zu umständlich erscheinen, legen wir nahe, ausschließlich die weibliche Form zu benutzen.

Donnerstag, 12. November 2015

#CfP THE EUROPEAN UNION AND THE #REFUGE ‘CRISIS’: IDENTITIES, CHALLENGES, AND RESPONSES

SPECIAL ISSUE CALL FOR PAPERS
The Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology
THE EUROPEAN UNION AND THE REFUGE ‘CRISIS’: IDENTITIES, CHALLENGES, AND RESPONSES

Guest Editors: Dr Rahul Sambaraju [1] & Prof Chris McVittie [2]
[1 Universisty of Limerick, Ireland.] [2 Queen Margaret University, UK.]

The Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology is inviting papers for a special issue on the ongoing refugee ‘crisis’. Of particular importance is the ‘crisis’ of refuge currently experienced in the European Union and its member states. In responding this far to the number of refugees seeking refuge within the EU, various governments, political groups, non-governmental organizations, other groups and the media have responded in a multiplicity of ways that range from calls for non-acceptance of and attempts to exclude those who seek entry, to conditional acceptance of refugees or specified numbers of individuals, to calls for unconditional acceptance of applications from those who arrive. This special issue will comprise empirical research papers that broadly address the issue of the current movement of refugees to countries within the EU, the relevant challenges, and responses to these challenges. In particular, this issue will include original research studies that examine the following issues in the public domain:

a) The constructions of various nation states, the European Union and/or Europe in particular interactions in ways to frame extant state of affairs as problematic or not.
b) The constructions, categorizations, and versions of peoples moving to Europe employed in warranting their exclusion or inclusion.
c) The formulation of ongoing issues as constituted by or constituting particular state of affairs or contexts, such as wars or crises, in the past or those that are ongoing.
d) The ways in which these constructions are employed to promote exclusion or inclusion.
e) The various versions of current or past actions that are ascribed to various state and non-state actors in explaining, justifying, or rejecting claims on the movement of peoples and how these are implicated in formulating, warranting, and negotiating responses.
For questions and queries please contact: Dr Rahul Sambaraju (Rahul.Sambaraju@ul.ie)

TIMELINE
 01/02/2016: 250 word abstracts sent to Rahul.Sambaraju@ul.ie. The most relevant and promising abstracts will be invited for further development into final 6,000 word manuscripts.
 01/08/2016: full manuscripts submitted through Scholar One system. Manuscripts are sent out to two reviewers for peer review.
 01/10/2016: Reviews received from reviewers and sent to authors. Revised versions will be re-submitted within 2 months of this.
 Special issue is scheduled for publication in early 2017.

Montag, 9. November 2015

#CFP: International Society of Political Psychology (#ISPP) 2016; The Good Society: Prospects for Reason, Communication, and Well-Being; Warsaw, Poland; 13-16 July 2016



CALL FOR PAPERS
ISPP 2016
Submission Deadline: 15 December 2015
Conference Theme:
The Good Society: Prospects for Reason, Communication, and Well-Being
July 13-16, 2016 in Warsaw, Poland

FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT:
http://www.ispp.org/meetings


CONFERENCE THEME AND SPECIAL FEATURES

One of the very first political psychologists, Graham Wallas (1914) observed in The Great Society that economic industrialization had been more successful in removing specific causes of unhappiness, such as famine, than in producing genuine happiness. "We must let our minds play freely over all the conditions of life," he implored readers, "till we can either justify our civilization or change it." In 1937, Walter Lippmann penned his own version of The Good Society. He warned that his generation had "returned to the heresies of absolutism, authority, and the domination of men by men" and asserted that a universal sense of the inviolability of the rights and freedoms of human beings is what enabled our species to fight our way "out of the morass of barbarism" and that this inviolability must be the foundation of the Good Society.
In the early and middle of the 20th century, reformers and revolutionaries in Europe, Asia, and Latin America—inspired by socialist ideals—made an effort to improve the lives of working people and other exploited groups. In 1989, Poland led the way for a peaceful transformation that swept through Central and Eastern Europe as citizens became deeply disappointed with the authoritarian socialism they had known. Around the same time, in longstanding democracies, a consensus around social-democratic norms gave way to a neoliberal vision emphasizing market efficiency and economic individualism. Twenty five years later, it would appear that a majority of citizens in both contexts are dissatisfied with the results. In the U.S. and many other countries, politics are as destructive, bitter, and corrupt as anyone can remember, and reasoning in the public sphere seems more and more like an unattainable ideal.

What, in the 21st century, is our shared vision of the Good Society, and what are the obstacles to its realization? What is the ideal mix of equality and tradition, individual initiative and social welfare, economic prosperity and environmental responsibility, national and international unity and the cultivation of diversity? As political psychologists, what can we say about how to increase subjective and objective well-being at home and abroad? What do we know about how and why contemporary societies make it so difficult for people to communicate about these matters reasonably and realistically without rapidly deteriorating into ideological hostility or the kind of solipsistic resignation that comes with relativism about human values? In the absence of a shared conception of the Good Society, is it even possible to know what progress in social and political life would look like?

We especially welcome proposals for panels or symposia, along with individual papers and posters, which present theory and research bearing on individual and collective conceptions of the Good Society and the motivational role of those conceptions in fostering political activity. Research may draw on any area of political psychology including, but not limited to, the application of experimental designs, public opinion surveys, and narrative approaches to the study of political ideology, human values, social justice, cultural norms, personality dynamics, social identification, intergroup relations, political leadership, collective action, protest, and societal transformation. We are especially interested in proposals that provide new theoretical, methodological, or empirical insights about how to conceptualize, measure, and foster public reasoning, rationality, communication, understanding, and both subjective and objective well-being in society.
We also welcome symposia, roundtables, papers, and posters on any topic in political psychology. The program chairs are interested in bringing together new research from the fields of political science, psychology, sociology, economics, anthropology, biology, communication, history, philosophy, and other disciplines. We hope to bring about an exciting intellectual exchange that will enrich the study of political psychology and help us to better understand the dynamics of society and politics in the world today.

Confirmed keynote speakers will be Jan T. Gross, Professor of History and Norman B. Tomlinson '16 and '48 Professor of War and Society at Princeton University; Arie W. Kruglanski, a Distinguished University Professor of Psychology at the University of Maryland; and Diana C. Mutz, the Samuel A. Stouffer Professor of Political Science and Communication and Director of the Institute for the Study of Citizens and Politics in the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania and a Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution.
Special invited symposia will be chaired by Julia Becker (Osnabrück, Germany), Rachel Calogero (Kent, U.K.), Gian Vittorio Caprara (Rome, Italy), Eric D. Knowles (NYU, USA), Natalia Letki (Warsaw, Poland), Benjamin Newman (UC Riverside, USA), Victor Ottati (Loyola University, Chicago, USA), Christopher S. Parker (U. Washington, USA), Tobias Rothmund and Manfred Schmitt (Koblenz-Landau, Germany), Robbie Sutton (Kent, U.K.), Joshua Tucker (NYU, USA), and Thomas Zeitzoff (American University, USA).

In addition, we are planning a special session involving Janusz Grzelak, a Professor of Psychology at the M. Grzegorzewska Academy of Special Education, the Co-Founder and first President of the Polish Society of Social Psychology, and a former Vice-Minister of Education in Poland, and Janusz Reykowski, a Professor of Psychology at the Polish Academy of Science, a Co-Chair of the Political Roundtable during the period of transition in Poland, a Co-Founder and Chairman of the Academic Council of the Warsaw School of Social Psychology, and a Past President of the International Society of Political Psychology.



#CFP: #Media and #Culture #Journal 'corporeal' issue (articles due 15 Jan 2016)





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 2 Nov. 2015

                          M/C - Media and Culture
                     http://www.media-culture.org.au/
         is calling for contributors to the 'corporeal' issue of

                                M/C Journal
                   http://journal.media-culture.org.au/

M/C Journal is inviting new contributors. Founded in 1998, M/C is a crossover journal between the popular and the academic, and a blind- and peer-reviewed journal. Our Website at http://journal.media-culture.org.au/ provides open access to all past issues.

To find out how and in what format to contribute your work, visit http://journal.media-culture.org.au/index.php/mcjournal/about/submissions.

                     Call for Papers: 'corporeal'
                  Edited by Anna Lavis and Karin Eli

From reflections on embodiment to the material and affective turns, theoretical approaches to the body are much debated across a range of conceptual and real world contexts. Drawing on and threading across these debates, this issue will focus on corporeality by engaging with the objects that we encounter in day-to-day life. Such objects interact with, make and shape what a body is and does. They illuminate its thresholds and boundaries, possibilities and limits. As such, objects 'tell' often-surprising tales about embodied being and offer a prism through which to unsettle familiar discourses on the body. We invite essays that engage with objects to experiment with new ways in which to conceptualize and write corporeality, its potentialities, edges and frailties.

Areas of investigation and focal questions may include, but are not limited
to:
* What is 'a body', and where do its boundaries, thresholds or intersections lie?
* How do the objects we encounter in everyday life shape or create bodies? (Examples may include medical, structural, technological, sexual, artistic, or edible objects, among others.)
* How might such 'embodied objects' further reflections on the corporeal and its potentialities or limits?
* Materiality and corporeality: How are bodies made material and/or immaterial?
* How might we write or rewrite the body through focussing on a single object with which the body interacts?
* Cyber-corporeality: how do we define corporeality in a virtual space, or through virtual objects and encounters?
* Absences and presences: how do objects foreground the body? How do they make the body retreat into the background?

Prospective contributors should email an abstract of 100-250 words and a brief biography to the issue editors. Abstracts should include the article title and should describe your research question, approach, and argument. Biographies should be about three sentences (maximum 75 words) and should include your institutional affiliation and research interests. Articles should be 3000 words (plus bibliography). All articles will be refereed and must adhere to MLA style (6th edition).

Please send any enquiries to corporeal@journal.media-culture.org.au. All articles must be submitted through the M/C Journal site.

Article deadline:     15 Jan. 2016
Issue release date:   16 Mar. 2016

M/C Journal was founded (as "M/C - A Journal of Media and Culture") in 1998 as a place of public intellectualism analysing and critiquing the meeting of media and culture. Contributors are directed to past issues of M/C Journal for examples of style and content, and to the submissions page for comprehensive article submission guidelines. M/C Journal articles are blind peer-reviewed.

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're-imagine':     article deadline  9 Oct. 2015,  release date  9 Dec. 2015
'corporeal':      article deadline 15 Jan. 2016,  release date 16 Mar. 2016
'mentor':         article deadline 26 Feb. 2016,  release date 27 Apr. 2016
'place':          article deadline 22 Apr. 2016,  release date 22 June 2016
'transform':      article deadline 17 June 2016,  release date 17 Aug. 2016
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#Social and #Psychological #Dimensions of Personal #Debt and the Debt Industry

Published in August 2015

 

Social and Psychological Dimensions of Personal Debt and the Debt Industry

 

edited by by Serdar M. Değirmencioğlu and Carl Walker

 

Debt and personal indebtedness have become a global problem as consumption-driven economies have spread across the world. These days, outstanding consumer debt is a normal feature of many economies and for a large number of people, the source of great mental distress. However, an understanding of personal debt requires an understanding of the complex social systems that produce poverty. This book frames credit use as a social phenomenon, and explores the dynamic interplays between consumers who need credit and credit granting institutions. By drawing upon a range of international perspectives, this book sheds much needed light on the social and psychological factors that contribute to the growth of personal debt and its associated impact on wellbeing. In so doing, the book contributes to an understanding of why more and more people are in debt, why it is causing so much harm to so many people and exactly who is benefiting from what has become the world's number one growth industry.

 

Table of Contents

 

Introduction; Serdar M. Değirmencioğlu and Carl Walker

 

PART I: AUSTERITY, FINANCIALISATION AND SERIAL ASSET EXTRACTION: UNDERSTANDING INSTITUTIONALISED SUFFERING

 

1. Debt in the Everyday Lives of 100 Families Experiencing Urban Poverty in New Zealand; Darrin Hodgetts, Shiloh Groot, Kerry Chamberlain and Emily Garden

2. All Roads Lead to Finance: A Critical Overview of Debt in the U.S.; Daniel G Cooper and Bradley D Olson

3. The Impact of the 'Swiss Francs Loans' Crisis on Croatian Households; Petra Rodik

4. The Consequences of Evictions in Spain; Aïda Ballester, Moisés Carmona, Rubén David Fernández, Ana González, Johanna Jiménez, Elies Martínez, Irene Moulas, Laura Peret, and Carolina Viano

5. The Experiences of Individuals in Debt During an Era of Extreme Austerity in Greece; Alexandre Papamichail and Petros Mizamidis

 

PART II: THE PUBLIC FACE OF THE DEBT INDUSTRY: DISCOURSE AND WELLBEING

 

6. Debt Dynamics in the UK and Beyond: How Propaganda Impedes Effective Political Action; Mark Burton

7. The Social Construction of 'Indebted Man': Economic Crisis, Discursive Violence and the Role of Mass Media in Italy; Adriano Zamperini and Marialuisa Menegatto

8. Chasing Happiness through Personal Debt: An Example of Neoliberal Influence in the Norwegian Society; Salman Turken, Erik Carlquist and Henry Allen

9. 'Financial Capability' Considered from a Community Psychology-informed Process in the North East of England; Jacqui Akhurst and Jacqui Lovell

10. The Indebted Individual: Dominant Discourses and Alternative Understandings of Personal Debt in the UK; Paul Hanna, Liz Cunningham and Carl Walker

 

PART III: POLITICAL HISTORIES OF PERSONAL DEBT: MANAGED DECLINE, THE DEBT INDUSTRY AND WELLBEING

 

11. Peer-to-Peer Lending As a New Profit Industry and Debt Trap; Ceylan Cizmeli and Mert Demir

12. Rethinking the Personal Debt Industry: Voices from Puerto Rico; Dolores S. Miranda Gierbolini and Ida de Jesús Collazo

13. Personal Debt in a Third World Latin American society; Douglas Marlon Arévalo Mira

14. The Personal Debt Industry: Racist debt practices and Pasifika peoples in New Zealand; Bruce Curtis and Cate Curtis

 Conclusion

 

http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/social-and-psychological-dimensions-of-personal-debt-and-the-debt-industry-serdar-m-degirmencioglu/?K=9781137407788


Published in August 2015: Social and Psychological Dimensions of Personal Debt and the Debt Industry


Social and Psychological Dimensions of Personal Debt and the Debt Industry

 

http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/social-and-psychological-dimensions-of-personal-debt-and-the-debt-industry-serdar-m-degirmencioglu/?K=9781137407788


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