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

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The Human Agent: Capabilities and Justice

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“.

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Thursday, January 10th 2013 12:00-18:15

Birgit Prodinger & Christine Sontag
Welcome and Introduction into the thematic field

Hans Jonsson
The particularities and added value of an occupational perspective exemplified by research on transitions

Clare Hocking
Capabilities and Justice – An occupational scientist’s perspective

Sridhar Venkatapuram
Capabilities and Justice – A philosopher’s perspective

Friday, January 11th 2013 09:00-16:00

Ursula Costa
Self and identity – An occupational scientist’s perspective

Martina Schmidhuber
Self and identity – A philosopher’s perspective

Birgit Prodinger and Tanja Stamm
Some critical reflections on occupational balance

Clemens Sedmak
The human agent and the course of life – A philospher’s perspective

Delineating the field for the continuing dialogue

Fee (incl. meals during symposium and dinner on Thursday night): € 120,-

Ursula Costa

Department of Occupational Therapy
University of Applied Sciences for Health Professionals Tyrol, Austria

Ursula’s primary research interests refer to the dynamic interaction of occupation, participation & health; salutogenesis; health promotion; self, meaning and occupation; children’s and adolescents‘ health. Based on her research she has developed the KRAH-model which delineates four characteristics of an occupational therapy-based approach: client-centred, resource-oriented, day-to-day-relevant and occupation-based intervention (KRAH).

Clare Hocking
Department of Occupational Science and Therapy
Faculty of Health & Environmental Sciences
Auckland University, New Zealand

Clare’s early occupational science research explored the meanings of the objects people make, care for, collect, and use. She found that some objects have practical value, depending on how well they work, and others hold important identity, social and cultural meanings. More recently, her scholarship has addressed the development of occupational science as a discipline and issues of occupational injustice. Clare has been the Editor of the Journal of Occupational Science for over a decade, and recently co-edited a new book: Occupational Science: Society, Inclusion, Participation.

Hans Jonsson
Division of Occupational Therapy, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society
Karolinska Institute, Sweden
Institute of Occupational Therapy, Hogeschool van Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The overall aim of Hans’ research is to develop an understanding of general mechanisms that occur within occupational transitions in human development. Within the context of the retirement transition aspects like meaning, rhythm, balance and the division of occupation has been studied and related to health and well-being. Studies of occupational balance also include the relationship between challenging and/or relaxing occupations in everyday life. He is also involved in research projects regarding how an occupation based perspective can be implemented in rehabilitation and in general preventive health for example fall prevention among the elderly.

Birgit Prodinger
Institute for Advanced Studies in Social Ethics (ifz), Salzburg

Birgit’s main areas of research are occupational science and people with chronic musculoskeletal and episodic diseases; in particular service provision for this group of people. She is interested in delineating the particularities of the discipline of occupational science. Regarding people with chronic musculoskeletal and episodic diseases, she is concerned with service provision of this group of people, including how organisational processes are set up to ensure fair and equal service provision, how these services are set up to ensure social inclusion for this group of people, and what can be learned from comparisons across countries.

Martina Schmidhuber
Department of Philosophy, Faculty of History, Philosophy and Theology
University of Bielefeld, Germany

Martina is particularly interested in the connection between  personality, personal identity and autonomy of patients with dementia.  She has studied philosophy in Salzburg; was involved in a DFG-project  entitled „ethics in clinical practice guidelines“ at the Medical School  Hannover (Germany), and is currently teaching philosophy (applied ethics) at the University of Bielefeld.

Tanja Stamm
Division of Rheumatology, Department of Internal Medicine III
Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
FH Campus Wien, University of Applied Sciences, Department of Health, Vienna, Austria

Tanja’s research interests are outcome measures, the WHO International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) in rheumatology and rehabilitation, occupational science and qualitative studies related to the experiences of people with chronic (rheumatic) diseases. She also coordinates international multi-centre clinical trials.
Since 1999, Tanja Stamm is research scientist and leader of the clinimetry team at the Department of Internal Medicine III, Division of Rheumatology, at the Medical University of Vienna, Austria. Currently, Tanja is also the head of two master programmes in Vienna: Occupational Therapy, and Health Assisting Engineering. From June 2009 to June 2011, Tanja was “Chairperson” of the Standing committee of the Allied Health Professions of the “European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR)”.

Clemens Sedmak
Clemens Sedmak has been working as professor for social ethics at the F.D. Maurice Chair at King’s College London (University of London) since 2005. He is visiting professor for social ethics at the University of Salzburg and holds the Franz Martin Schmölz OP chair. Prof. Sedmak is head of the Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research and has been president of the ifz since 2008.

Christine Sontag
Christine Sontag is research fellow at the ifz and PhD-Student in Philosophy, University Salzburg. Her research interests are the Epistemology of Occupational Sciences, Core-concepts in philosophy and OS, e.g. concepts of Health, humankind as occupational being and Good Life. She is committed to further a dialogue between Occupational Science and Philosophy. Christine Sontag is Occupational Therapist and has expertise in child development and family counseling.

Sridhar Venkatapuram
Wellcome Trust Research Fellow, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK
Affiliated Lecturer, Cambridge University

Sridhar has expertise in ethics, philosophy, and global health. He is particularly interested in the place of health in theories of justice, especially the capability approach; ethics of social determinants of health and social gradient of health; and the philosophical construction of a human or moral right to health. Moreover, he is interested in philosophy and ethics of health economics, as well as epidemiology.