Beiträge mit Tag: agency

Research fellow „Health and Agency“

Martina Schmidhuber studied Philosophy at the University of Salzburg (Austria) and received her PhD in 2010. She was research assistent at the department of Philosophy in Salzburg from 2007 till 2011. From 2010 until 2012 she was research fellow at Hannover Medical School at the departement of History, Ethics and  Philosophy of Medicine (Germany). In the winter term 2012/13 she was teaching Applied Ethics at the University of Bielefeld (Germany) at the department of Philosophy. Since February 2013 she is research fellow at the ifz.

Research interests: medical ethics (dementia, aging society), personal identity and education.

A Dialogue between Philosophy and Occupational Science
10.-11. January 2013
ifz Salzburg

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International pioneers of Occupational Science enter into the dialogue with renowned representatives of Philosophy about their core-subject: The human agent. This interdisciplinary dialogue will foster an advanced understanding about the human agent. Together we will develop a holistic view on „capabilities and justice“.

Conference Speech
Plymouth, 08.09.2011
Birgit Prodinger
Christine Sontag


We, as Occupational Therapists and Occupational Scientists, have referred to various disciplines (e.g. philosophy, sociology, psychology) in our generated and applied knowledge on human occupation. We add a very distinct perspective though, given our understanding that occupation and health are strongly interwoven, our commitment to enabling occupations, and tacit knowledge from clinical expertise. However, this perspective is not necessarily widely acknowledged amongst other disciplines.

Birgit Prodinger


b_prodingerMultiple sclerosis (MS) is a episodic progressive neurological disease that is frequently diagnosed when people are at the peak of their careers and particularly socially active. The aim of this study was to gain knowledge about contextual barriers and facilitators that impact on work and social life participation of people with MS in Austria and Switzerland from their perspectives, and to subsequently examine cross-national experiences in the identification and priorization of factors identified by people with MS.

Fr 10.12 09:30-18:30 Sa 11.12 08:30-13:00


Das ifz eröffnet ein Forum für interdisziplinären Austausch und Forschung im Bereich Agency (Handlungsfähigkeit/-mächtigkeit) & Gesundheit, annehmend, dass zwischen beiden sowohl auf individueller als auch auf gesellschaftlicher Ebene eine enge Verbindung besteht.
Im Fachgespräch am 10./11. Dezember 2010 soll der Begriff der agency (Handlungsfähigkeit, Handlungsmächtigkeit) interdisziplinär charakterisiert werden. ExpertInnen unterschiedlicher Disziplinen sind eingeladen die Aspekte von Agency vorzustellen, die in ihrer Disziplin diskutiert werden.

Birgit Prodinger e-mail


Occupational scientists refer to occupation as “the various everyday activities people do as individuals, in families and with communities to occupy time and bring meaning and purpose to life. Occupations include things people need to, want to and are expected to do” (ISOS, 2010). Also the characteristics of the discipline itself have been discussed extensively, such as the link of OS to occupational therapy (OT), the philosophical and theoretical foundations, and the international and interdisciplinary character of the discipline (Blanche & Henny-Kohler, 2006; Hocking, 2000; Laliberte Rudman et al., 2008; Lunt, 1997).