Too Mad to be True


International conference on the philosophy of madness and the madness of philosophy


Gent, September 23-24, 2021


Museum Dr. Guislain

Jozef Guislainstraat 43B, 9000 Gent – Belgium


Final Program


September 23, 2021


08.30 – 09.00: Opening conference + coffee

09.00 – 09.30: Jasper Feyaerts (Ghent University) & Bart Marius (Museum Dr. Guislain) - Welcoming & general introduction to the conference

09.30 – 10.30: Keynote 1

Borut Skodlar (University of Ljubljana) - Life's Journey between the Mystical Heights and Psychotic Slides (in person)


10.30 – 10.50: coffee break


10.50 – 12.05: Parallel sessions


Room 1:

Rick Bellaar (Ghent University) – Problems with the Transcendental Turn in Thinking about Delusions (in person)

Rosanna Wannberg (Université Saint-Louis Bruxelles) – Subjectivity and Schizophrenia at the Intersection of Philosophy and Psychopathology: Rethinking the Links (in person)

Helene Stephensen (Center for Subjectivity Research, University of Copenhagen) –  Schizophrenia and Double Bookkeeping: Reconsidering the Notions of Psychosis and  Reality (in person)

Room 2:

Robert Chapman (University of Bristol) – Why I am not a Szaszian: A Critique of Critical Psychiatry from a Neurodivergent Perspective (online)

Gerben van de Kraats (Mondriaan GGZ) – The Primacy of Mind in Psychopathology (in person)

Rosa Rooduijn (University of Amsterdam) – The Intentional Stance and Mental Disorder: Why We Can Call Mental States Real without Ontological Commitment (in person)


Room 3:
Roy Dings (Ruhr University Bochum) – Who Knows What? Demarcating the Epistemic Role of Experts-by-experience in Mental Health Care (online)
Rosa Ritunnano (University of Birmingham) – Making Sense of Delusions in the Clinical Encounter: Can Phenomenology Remedy Hermeneutical Injustice? (online)
Kathleen Lowenstein (Michigan State University) – Engaging the Margins: Mad Studies, Critical Disability Studies, and Bioethics (online)




13.15 – 14.15: Keynote 2

Stijn Vanheule (Ghent University) - Psychosis Revisited: On Jacques Lacan’s Later Work (in person)


14.20 – 15.35: Parallel sessions


Room 1:
Valeria Bizzari (Husserl Archives, KU Leuven) – Liminal Phenomena Between Phenomenology and Psychopathology (in person)
Martina Mauri (FINO, University of Genova) – Grasping the Atmosphere: Phenomenological Investigation into Psychopathological Alterations of the Atmospheric Space (in person)
Tudi Gozé (University of Toulouse) & Istvan Fazakas (Bergische Universität Wuppertal) - The Role of the Phenomenology of Phantasy and Imagination for the Understanding of Schizophrenia (in person)


Room 2:

Nienke Moernaut (Ghent University) Tanguy Corbillon (Ghent University) – The Role of Narratives and Philosophy in Recovery (in person)

Alke Haarsma-Wisselink (University Medical Centre Groningen) – Mad About You: My Transgressive Encounters with People with “Chronic Psychosis”

Room 3:

Jake Jackson (Temple University) – Being Epistemically Adrift and the Existential Situations of Mood Disorders (online)

Goedele Hermans (Ghent University) – Maldiney and the Melancholic Complaint: The Performance of a Cry (in person)

Marcelo Vieira Lopes (Federal University of Santa Maria) – Too Sad to be True: Depression, Mad Pararealism and the Sense of Reality (online)


15.35 – 16.00: coffee break


16.00 – 17.15: Parallel sessions


Room 1:
Laura Keulartz (Radboud University) – A Philosophical Analysis of Hypermentalization in Mentalization-Based Theory (in person)
Bart Rabaey (Ghent University) – Language and Subjectivity in Mania (in person)

Annik Parnas (Psychiatric Center Amager, University Hospital of Copenhagen) – Are the Voices Real Voices? Clinical and Phenomenological Perspectives (in person)

Room 2:
Elizabeth Pienkos (Clarkson University New York) – Beyond the Bounds of Reason: When Madness Exceeds Philosophy (online)
Elizabeth Rhodes (Saint Louis University) – Queering Phenomenological Psychopathology (online)
Sofia Jeppsson (Umeå University) – Two Methods for Dealing with Bedrock Loss (online)


Room 3:

Susann Kabisch (Open Dialogue Hannover) – (What) Can psychiatry Today Learn from 15th Century Philosophical Texts About Dialogical Research on the Mind? (online)
Ron Unger (Center for Family Development, Eugene OR) – The Role of Radical Skepticism in Madness and Recovery (online)


17.30 – 18u30: Keynote 3

Louis Sass (Rutgers University) – Insight and Alienation: Wittgenstein, Artaud, and the “porous self” + response Wouter Kusters 




24 September 2021

08.30 - 9.00: opening conference + coffee

09.00 – 10.00: Keynote 4

Clara Humpston (University of Birmingham) – Paradox in Prisms: Ontologically Impossible Experiences as the Core Psychopathology of Schizophrenia (online)


10.00 – 11.00: Keynote 5

Maria Balaska (University of Hertfordshire) - Philosophy and Wonder – Philosophy and Madness: Overlaps and Differences (online)


11.00 – 11.20: coffee break


11.20 – 12.35: Parallel sessions


Room 1:

Daniel Tkatch (KU Leuven) – Madness That Hides Behind the Body? An Existentialist Critique of Freud’s Theory of Conversion (in person)

Arthur Sollie (Ugent) – The Secrets of the Madman are also Secrets for the Madman (in person)
Beatrice Bianca Salamena (VU Amsterdam/University Konstanz) – Is it Too Much to Give All the Things That Are Inexpressible a Place? (in person)


Room 2:

Katrin Lörch-Merkle – Too True to be Mad? On what Madness Can Do for Philosophy (in person)

Jo Bervoets (University of Antwerp) – Not Mad Enough to be Truthful (in person)

Willem Daub (VU Amsterdam) – Too Mad to be True: You Don’t See What They See, But They Do! (in person)

Room 3:

Rob van Grinsven (GGZ Oost Brabant) – Zen and Madness: Beyond Sane and Insane (in person)

Lisanne Meinen (University of Antwerp) – Mad Videogames as Playable Self-Narratives: About Playfulness and The Illusion of Choice (in person)
James Barnes (Exeter, UK) – Madness and Middle Earth; or, Psychoanalysis from the Inside Out (online)




13.45 – 14.45: Keynote 5

Nev Jones (University of Pittsburg) – The Phenomenology of Psychosis: Where Have We Been, Where Are We Going? (online)


15.00 – 16.15: Parallel sessions


Room 1:
Annette Sell (Ruhr University Bochum) – Positive Unreason: The Role of Madness in Kant’s Philosophy (in person)

Marc Calmeyn (KU Leuven) – DSM (5) and Psychosis: The Psychosis of DSM (5)? (in person)

Ferdy Marysse (Ghent University) – Philosophie Brute ou ‘La Philosophie dans le Couloir’. From Philosophaster to Philosopher. (in person)

Room 2:

Urte Laukaityte (UC Berkeley) – Psychosomatic Mental Illness: A Hypothesis (in person)
Andrew Molas (York University) – The Ethics of Narrative-Based Medicine for Improving Therapeutic Relationships for Persons with Schizophrenia (online)
Fiona Malpas (Mind in Camden) – “To Be or Not to Be, That is the Question”: Philosophy and its Role in Suicidality and Suicide Prevention (online)

16.15-16:35: coffeebreak

16.45 – 17.45: Keynote 6

Wouter Kusters – Sources of Philosophy, Sources of Madness? (in person)