Medicine and Health

Social Pathologies of Contemporary Civilization, and Public Health: a Dialogue

Social Pathologies of Contemporary Civilization, and Public Health: a Dialogue. Speakers: Dr Kieran Keohane and Prof. Ivan Perry.

How are contemporary malaises, diseases, illnesses (ranging from suicide & DSH, obesity and eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and dementia, to name just a few) related to cultural pathologies of the social body and disorders of the collective esprit de corps of contemporary society? Can we understand contemporary problems of health and well-being in the light of radical changes of social structures and institutions, extending to deep crises in our contemporary civilization as a whole? Problems of health and well-being are usually considered in isolation; both in isolation from one another, and in isolation from broader contexts. This discussion will focus on not just locating health and well-being at the level of the individual body, but within a perspective that takes into account the integral human person’s situatedness within collective social bodies, communities, societies, and indeed civilizations. The starting point is that the sources of many contemporary epidemics at the centre of Public Health concerns are social, cultural, and historical: that they arise from collectively experienced conditions of social transformations and radical shifts in our civilization.

Category: Public Lectures and Seminars: Medicine and Health
Time: 12:15-1:30pm
Location: Room 405, 4th Floor, Western Gateway Building
Target Audience: All welcome
Admission Price: € Free
Contact: Fiona Riordan
021 420 5532

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