Keynote speakers





Françoise Davoine


August 29th

Françoise Davoine is a psychoanalyst, currently working mainly with patients with psychosis and trauma, and supervising trainees. She has worked for over 30 years as an analyst in public psychiatric hospitals and is also a faculty member of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes in Paris, an institute of social sciences, for many years she led a weekly seminar entitled “Madness and the social link” with her late husband Jean Max Gaudillière. The seminar group focused on authors dealing directly with madness and traumas, like Wittgenstein, Cervantes, and Laurence Sterne’s Tristram Shandy. One of  these publications was about  the encounter of the “Theatre of the Fools” in the Renaissance era and hospitalised patients today. It became the book ” Mother Folly”,  which Mieke Bal, University of Amsterdam, turned into a film with Michelle Williams Gamaker: ” A long History of madness”. This film shows Françoise Davoine’s way of working with  the “strangers of the city”, patients encountered on the very site of their exile, from cut out parts of History.  Transference in such cases is an interference with analogous zones in the analyst’s story,  and delusion a way of research for another able  to connect a broken social link  at the crossroad of their story of abuses and the catastrophes of history which occurred in their lineage. The outcome of a  new loyalty , stemming from  the pitfalls of classical psychoanalysis, puts into motion an arrested time, frozen on death areas ” whereof one cannot speak”, but does not stay silent for one shows what cannot be said , looking for an address.

Sushrut Jadhav


Dr. Sushrut Jadhav, M.B.B.S., M.D., MRCPsych., Ph.D., is a Senior Lecturer in Cross-cultural Psychiatry at University College London (UCL); and Consultant Psychiatrist at Camden Homeless Outreach Services & Islington Mental Health Rehabilitation Services, Camden and Islington Community Health and Social Care Trust. He is the Founding Editor of the international journal, Anthropology and Medicine (Taylor & Francis). He is a visiting professor at University of Ghent, Belgium. Dr Jadhav graduated from Grant Medical College, Mumbai, and completed his postgraduate training in psychiatry at the National Institute of Mental Health & Neurosciences, Bangalore.

In his own words: My career in cultural psychiatry has been shaped by a number of factors. These include my personal family origins from a Dalit untouchable caste that sensitized me to stigma and allowed me to define the ‘centre’ from a ‘marginal’ position. I attended English convent schools in six culturally contrasting cities of India, during which I was taught Shakespeare, Bible, and good discipline. Stimulating and generous mentorship, both in India and abroad (Professors Somnath Chatterji, Mohan Isaac, R Raguram, Roland Littlewood and Mitchell Weiss) shaped my subsequent career identity.

My research work on cultural experience of depression amongst white Britons in London critically examined and aimed to enhance theoretical underpinning of cultural psychiatry. Findings from my research demonstrate the usefulness of new methods and their broad implications; not just for minorities, but also for a clearer understanding of illness-related experience, meaning and behavior of majority culture patients. Further information and

Wim Veling


Wim Veling:

Dr. Wim Veling is deputy professor of Psychiatry at the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the University of Groningen. His teaching assignment concerns Psychosis in the Social Context. He works as a psychiatrist and head of treatment for the Psychoses department at the University Center for Psychiatry at the UMCG.

Wim Veling focuses in his research on causes and mechanisms of psychosis, in relation to the social context in which people live. The social context means the daily living environment, but also the geographical, socio-economic, ethnic and cultural context. Based on this research, he develops new ways of diagnostics, prevention and treatment.

He showed in earlier research that some population groups with a migrant background in the Netherlands have an increased risk of getting psychosis. This risk was strongly influenced by the ethnic composition of the neighbourhood in which people live, the extent to which groups experience discrimination and the way in which people deal with social exclusion. He is now working on prevention of psychosis and other psychological problems among young people, in which learning to deal with social stress plays an important role.

He is also always looking for other social groups and contexts that can make more clear about psychosis. For example by examining the risk of psychosis in sexual minorities and in low- and middle-income countries.

In order to better study the influence of the social context, Wim Veling introduced Virtual Reality (VR) research into psychosis in the Netherlands. He has shown that with VR it is possible to study in detail how people with suspicion and fear respond to social environments that are stressful for them, and how they behave in social interactions. He researches various VR treatments that can help people to reduce their psychological complaints and to function better socially.

Wim Veling is closely involved in the care for people with psychosis in the Netherlands. He was chairman of Network Early Psychosis and led the working group of the recently published Care Standard Psychosis.

Brenda Froyen


August 30th

Brenda Froyen

Brenda is a motivated teacher educator in language didactics and children’s literature. Besides her passion for education she is active in the field of mental health care, organizing congresses, giving lectures and workshops, based on her own experience as a patient. Her writing skills have resulted in several books, editorials in newspapers and in the website, one of the pioneer projects concerning E-health care in Belgium. She is a member of the advisory network for Health in Belgium. She is constantly looking for new ways and initiatives to improve the quality of mental health care ànd education. Two fields that have a lot more in common than one might think.

Marcus Evans


Marcus Evans qualified as a registered mental nurse in 1983. He then ran a day hospital and a liaison & parasuicide service in Kings College hospital. Marcus worked as a clinical nurse specialist at the Maudsley, while undertaking a psychotherapy training at the Tavistock clinic and subsequently qualifying as a psychoanalyst. He was a consultant psychotherapist at the Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust where he was also Head of Nursing between 1996-2017 and Associate Clinical Director from 2011-15. He was a member of the Fitzjohn’s unit and has given outreach courses to frontline staff in Mental Health Trusts over many years. His book, Making Room for Madness in Mental Health: the psychoanalytic understanding of psychotic communications was published by Karnac in 2016.

Ingo Lambrecht


Ingo Lambrecht

Scaffolding ‘psychosis’: holding it lightly with culture and compassion.

Biography: Ingo Lambrecht PhD

Dr. Ingo Lambrecht is a consultant clinical psychologist at Manawanui, Māori Mental Health Service in Auckland, New Zealand. His special interests include children and adolescents, psychosis and personality issues, as well as trauma, mindfulness, and compassion. He has also written on the cultural-clinical interface through his clinical work in different cultural settings, and was privileged to undergo an intense shamanic training as a sangoma, a South African traditional healer. In addition to his book, Sangoma Trance States (2014), based on his PhD research, he has contributed articles and chapters on the relationships between culture, psychosis, and spirituality, presenting at national and international conferences on these themes.

Wouter Kusters


August 31st

Wouter Kusters (PhD) is a philosopher, linguist and writer. He wrote two books about the relations and entanglements of madness and philosophy, in which he also gives ample account of his own and many others’ experiences with so-called ‘psychosis’. Both these books – Pure Madness. In Search of the psychotic Experience and Philosophy of Madness. Fundamental and Transgressive Insights – won the Dutch Philosophy Award of the year (2005 and 2015) for the best and most stimulating book in Dutch. The latter book is being translated into English and is due to be published in spring 2020 at MIT Press. Today Kusters works as a writer, editor and organiser in the fields of both philosophy and psychiatry.

Title: Catastrophies, Apocalypse and Psychoses in the Anthropocene

Huub Mous


Huub Mous is an art historian and publicist. He writes about various subjects in periodicals and museum catalogs, including De Gids, Tirade, Kunst- & Museum Journaal and Museum Boijmans van Beuningen. In 2011 he published with two co-authors: Against the spirit of the times, looking back on a psychosis (Tegen de tijdsgeest, terugzien op een psychose). He philosophically analyses his psychosis from 1966 – he was aged 18 – in the light of the rapid collapse of the Catholic world view that he was so familiar with. In 2017Jihad or psychosis (Jihad of verstandsverbijstering) was published. This book focuses on the grey area that recently arose between various forms of psychotic violence and terrorist violence. All this under the influence of rapid secularisation or the rapid change of world view during adolescence. Since 2006 he has been writing a blog on his website ( on a daily basis.

Mogobe Ramose


For a thorough view of his ideas see:

Professor Mogobe Ramose is a retired professor of philosophy from South Africa.

He obtained his PhD cum Laude at the Katholieke Universiteit in Leuven, Belgium in 1983. The title of his dissertation was ‘The Legalistic Character Of Power In International Relations: A Philosophical Essay On The Ethics Of Defence In The Nuclear Age’.

He has held the following positions:

  • Lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe, at Tilburg in the Netherlands
  • Professor at the University of Venda, Addis Ababa University, and the University of South Africa
  • Professor extra ordinarius at the University of South Africa and the University of Pretoria
  • Part-time Associate Professor at Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
  • Associate Research Professor, University of Limpopo


He has held many lectures and published many articles and chapters in books, including: African Philosophy Through Ubuntu (1999, 2nd edition 2005) Mond Books Publishers, Harare Zimbabwe, also published in Dutch.


What is Ubuntu?

Inez Myin-Germeys


September 1st

Inez Myin-Germeys trained as a psychologist and is currently professor of Psychiatry at KU Leuven, Belgium. She worked for 20 years at Maastricht University in the Netherlands where she started her research line on experience sampling methodology in the study of severe mental illness, specifically psychosis (awarded with an ERC consolidator grant). In 2015, she moved to Belgium, where she founded the Center for Contextual Psychiatry at KU Leuven funded by an FWO Odysseus brain gain fellowship. The Center for Contextual Psychiatry currently consists of 30 researchers and focuses on the interaction between the person and the environment in the development of psychopathology. Main research lines include 1) the phenomenology of severe mental illness, 2) psychological processes related to the development of psychopathology in adolescence, 3) statistical and methodological developments in experience sampling research, and 4) the development of ecological momentary interventions. Inez Myin-Germeys has published over 300 papers and has supervised over 30 PhD projects.

Ola Söderstörm


Ola Söderstöm

1992 PhD in human geography University of Lausanne, Switzerland

From 2003: Full professor in social and cultural geography at the University of Neuchâtel

Prices and awards:

  • 1984 Prix de la Faculté des Lettres de l’Université de Lausanne pour l’ensemble des études.
  • 1994 Prix de la Faculté des Lettres de l’Université de Lausanne pour la thèse de doctorat.
  • 2001-2004 Honorary Research Associate in Geography, Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London.
  • 2011 Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences fellowship, National University of Singapore.
  • 2017- Honorary Research Associate in Geography, Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London.

Ola Söderstöm has been involved in numerous research projects, many of which interdisciplinary, over the past 30 years.

For open access publications:

Most recent single-authored book: Söderstöm, O. 2014. Cities in Relations. Trajectories of Urban development in Hanoi and Ouagadougou. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell