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Embodiment, memory, and the self in dementia

April 8, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Embodiment, memory, and the self in dementia: Moving beyond a paradigm of loss.
Presented by Pia Kontos, PhD (UHN / U of T)
Memory (Loss) Research Group / Speakers Series

“Explicit in much of the literature on Alzheimer’s disease is the assumption that with
dementia there is a steady erosion of selfhood with advancing cognitive impairment.
This presumed existential loss can be traced to the positivistic philosophy of Descartes
and the associated dominance of cognition. In contrast I articulate a perspective on
embodiment that disentangles selfhood from the cognitive categories upon which it is
presumed to depend, and that underscores the ways in which selfhood is produced and
reproduced non-discursively through the body. I will take as my focus select artistic,
literary, and empirical accounts of the experience of Alzheimer’s disease. Implications
of embodied selfhood for improving dementia care practices will also be explored.”


April 8, 2015
8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Where: Isabel Bader Theatre, 3rd. floor, Linda Hutcheon Seminar Room
93 Charles Street West
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