CFS Newsletter No. 1 - 2019

CFS Newsletter No. 1 - 2019

The Human Burden

Depression, Self and Society: From First-person to Societal Perspectives

Back in 2017, Postdoc Kristian Moltke Martiny from Center for Subjectivity Research received a research grant from the Lundbeck Foundation. The aim of the grant was to support a further understanding of the societal stigma that people living with depression experience, which includes feelings of (self-)blame, shame and guilt.

Together with The Danish theatre company Stages of Science, Kristian Moltke Martiny aimed to translate the research into two cultural products (a podcast and a theater play) that could communicate the fundamental aspects of living with depression:

The podcast The Black Dog was released on both App-store and Google Play in the fall of 2018. In the interactive podcast-app we follow the main characters Troels and Linnea in their journey to better understand their own experience of depression and their encounters with professionals and experts who help them shed light on the diagnosis. During the seven episodes, the listeners answer an integrated survey, which follow the themes and questions discussed in each episode.

The theater play The Human Burden premiered the 17th of January, 2019, at the The Royal Danish Playhouse. The play seeks to provide insights into depression. Two actors and three performers with first-hand experiences with depression portray the stories and dilemmas of persons suffering from depression. During the performance, the audience is included when they ‘buzz in’ their answers in an ‘attitude and blame’ survey about depression. The results is revealed in a live-feed on stage.

The overall aim of the podcast and theatre play is to use media and the performing arts to disclose the social reality of depression, and thereby work to reduce some of the misunderstandings and stigma that relates to depression.

The research project is supported by Lundbeckfonden, Danish Arts Foundation, The Royal Danish theater og Spar Nord Fonden.

Read more at Det Kongelige Teater (dansk/engelsk):

Visiting researchers

Chengcheng Wu, Xiamen University, CN (01.10-2018 - 31.10.2019)
Gústi B. Sigurbjörnsson, University of Iceland (21.01.2019 - 30.06.2019)
Katsiaryna Suryna, Central European University, HU (31.10.2018 - 31.01.2019)
Thomas Netland, Norwegian University og Science and Technology, NO (01.02.2019 - 31.05.2019)
Thomas Szanto, University of Jyväskylä, FI (01.02.2019-31.03.2019)

See list of previous visiting researchers


4 March 2019, 14:15-16:00 
Hannah Arendt on plurality, basic activities, and different forms of the we 
CFS Lecture in Phenomenology by Sophie Loidolt, Institut für Philosophie, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany.
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15 March 2019, 13:15-15:00 
Presence in the Caregiving Relationship: On Moral Subjectivity, or the Soul
CFS Lecture by Arthur Kleinman, Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor of Anthropology, Harvard University.
Read more

25 March 2019, 13:15-15:00
Applied phenomenology and the epoché
CFS Lecture by James Morley, Professor of Clinical Psychology, Ramapo College of New Jersey, USA and Dan Zahavi, CFS.
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4 April - 5 April 2019
Recognition, We-Intentionality and Second-Person Engagement
CFS Workshop 
with invited Speakers: Matthias Haase (University of Chicago), Andrea Kern (University of Leipzig), Danielle Petherbridge (University College Dublin).
Read more

All events are open and free to all. Welcome. 

Phenomenology of Social Life

17th annual Conference of the Nordic Society for Phenomenology
University of Copenhagen, 25-27 April, 2019

Registration is open 
Registration is open until  4 April 2019.
A conference fee 600 DKK is to be paid when registering for the conference. 
The fee covers coffee/tea during breaks, one conference dinner and a reception. 

Where to stay
Conference attendants are recommended to book accommodation well in advance of the conference.

We have been fortunate to get a special rate and terms for conference attendants at the WAKEUP BERNSTORFFSGADE. It takes approximately 25 minutes to walk to the conference from the hotel.

Special rate on both single- and twinrooms from 24 April to 27 April 2019. Please note that the special rate is only available until 25 March 2019.

Read more about NoSP 2019

CFS Blog at The Open Commons of Phenomenology

Jaakko Belt / Reflection and Selfhood


Overgaard, S.: “What Is Empathy?”. In F. Kjosavik, C. Beyer, and C. Fricke (eds.), Husserl’s Phenomenology of Intersubjectivity, pp. 178-192. New York: Routledge, 2019.

Zahavi, D. & Nonaka, I.: "Sympathy in phenomenological thought: Approaches and applications." ER Spring 2018 - Special Edition, 2018, 36-43.

Zahavi, D.: Husserl'in Fenomenolojisi. Say Yayinlari: Istanbul, 2018.

Stephensen H., Parnas J.: "Schizophrénie, Soi et altérité." In M. Gennart, J. Thonney (red.), Le sens fondamental de soi et ses troubles. Plaidoyer pour une psychothérapie des psychoses. Paris: Le Cercle Hermeneutique 2018, pp. 239-250

Henriksen M.G., Parnas J.: "Selbststörungen und Schizophrenie: Eine phänomenologische Neubewertung mangelnder Krankheitseinsicht und Non-Compliance". In T. Fuchs, T. Breyer (red.), Selbst und Selbststörungen. Verlag Karl Alber, Freiburg/München 2018.

Stephensen H., Parnas J.: "Schizophrenia, Subjectivity, and Self-Alienation." In C. Welz, R. Rosfort (red.), Hermeneutics and Negativism. Existential Ambiguities of Self-Understanding. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 2018, p. 211-224.

Nordgaard J., Nilsson L.S., Sæbye D., Parnas J.: "Self-disorders in schizophrenia-spectrum disorders: a 5-year follow-up." European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience  268 (7), 2018, 713-718

Stephensen H.B., Parnas J.: "What can self-disorders in schizophrenia tell us about the nature of subjectivity? A psychopathological investigation." Phenomology and Cognitive Science  17 (4), 2018, 629-642

Nelson B., Hartmann J.A., Parnas J.: "Detail, dynamics and depth: useful correctives for some current research trends." British Journal of Psychiatry  212 (5), 2018, 262-264.

Rasmussen A.R., Stephensen H., Parnas J.: "EAFI: Examination of Anomalous Fantasy and Imagination." Psychopathology  51 (3), 2018, 216-226.

Rasmussen A.R., Stephensen H., Nordgaard J., Parnas J.: "A Phenomenological Approach to Psychopathology of Imagination: Development of a Descriptive Instrument - Examination of Anomalous Fantasy and Imagination. "Psychopathology  51 (3), 2018, 210-215.

Parnas J., Zandersen M.: "Self and schizophrenia: current status and diagnostic implications." World Psychiatry  17 (2), 2018, 220–221

Parnas J., Jansson L.: "Psykopatologi og diagnose." Ugeskrift for Læger  2018, 180: V08170584.

Sandsten K.E., Nordgaard J., Parnas J.: "Kreativitet og psykose." Ugeskrift for Læger2018, 180: V02180141.

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About the center

The Center for Subjectivity Research was established in 2002 as an interdisciplinary "Center of Excellence." In the period 2002-2012 it was funded by the Danish National Research Foundation, with supplementary funding from the University of Copenhagen. Currently, it is host to a number of externally funded research projects. It is located at the Faculty of Humanities, and its current staff is affiliated with the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Theology, and the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.

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