deadline for submissions: 
February 15, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
White Rose Arts and Humanities Research Council

The theme of this year’s OCD in Society conference is “Theory and Practice”. The goal of the
event is to explore how the humanities, social sciences, activism, and the arts can offer ways to
conceptualise, understand, and raise awareness about obsessive-compulsive symptoms. The
theme of the conference invites contributors to think about how obsessions and/or compulsions
are constituted by, embedded within, and regulated through forms of practice. We interpret
‘practice’ to include practices of care for the body, regulatory practices, creative practices, and
modes of performativity. We also welcome presentations that explore how diverse theoretical
frameworks can intersect with, and contribute to, contemporary clinical practice. We hope to
create a space which brings together scholars, creatives, activists, clinicians, those with lived
experience, and anyone else with an interest in OCD symptoms.

Proposals might include, but are not limited to:
• Spatial practices of OCD
• Practice-based approaches to OCD
• Conceptual histories of OCD
• Ritual and regulation
• OCD and self/identity
• OCD and linguistic practices
• Representations of OCD in literature, film or media.                                                                                                                          • Alternative practices/theories (historical, anthropological, social, artistic)

Please send a 300-word abstract (references not included in word count) to this form 


by15th February 2022. Selected presentations will consist of a 20-minute talk and a 10-minute Q & A.

or this website: https://ocdinsociety.wixsite.com/home/call-for-papers


If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Eva Surawy Stepney at