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Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine (IBME)

Upcoming: Navigating Dementia: Caregiver Strategies for Managing Interaction Crises, Maintaining Identity, and Facilitating Communication

The conference paper "What Remains When Memory Fails?" by Andrea Radvanszky has been accepted. In her talk, she will explore how dementia interactions disrupt "normal" interaction processes. She will highlight caregivers' strategies for overcoming the experience of otherness (Fremdheit) and facilitating communication, even when the assumptions of normality are temporarily or chronically suspended. This empirically reconstructive analysis of the destabilizing and transformative potential of dementia forms the argumentative basis for replacing constructivism and the blamer victim paradigm, which currently dominate the social science discourse on dementia, with Alfred Schütz's social phenomenology. This approach recognizes the significance of everyday consciousness and the physical substrate in constituting sociality.

The Conference “Biographical Research Quo Vadis?” of the International Sociological Association, Research Committee 38 “Biography and Society” takes place from September 4 to 6, 2024 in Budapest.

See the preliminary program. (PDF, 530 KB)