The Cochrane Schizophrenia Group

A sociological understanding of diagnosis

on April 10, 2013

ESRC Seminar Series: The role of diagnosis in health and wellbeing

A social science perspective on the social, economic and political costs and consequences of diagnosis

Date:  May 23rd 2013
Venue: University of East Anglia, Sports Park, Norwich
Cost:  Free.
Participants are expected to cover their own travel and accommodation costs.  A limited number of small travel bursaries are available (a maximum of £75.00) for postgraduate research students and early career researchers.Theorising Diagnosis: A one-day seminar with key speakers, discussants and Science Café Style Breakout Groups


diagnosis (Photo credit: estherase)

What constitutes a diagnosis in the first place? What are the socio-economic and political forces that contribute to the fabrication of a diagnostic category? Is there a future for a discrete diagnosis in an ever-increasing complexity of syndromes? What are the new methodologies that we have to develop in order to understand the subtle processes and practices of diagnosing?

Using a mix of presentations from world leading theorists including Professor Annemarie Jutel and Professor Robert Aronowitz plus café style discussions, an interdisciplinary audience will debate whether a sociological understanding of diagnosis can contribute to reflexive and effective clinical practice.

Please see sign up form at  or email Charlotte Salter or Andrea Stockl at

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