Sanneke Haan, de
  • Warandelaan 2, Dante Building, room D 213

    5037 AB Tilburg



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I am a researcher in philosophy and psychiatry.

My main research interests are: philosophy of psychiatry, enactivism, phenomenology, philosophical anthropology, authenticity, affordances, qualitative research methods, and cognitive neuroscience.

I currently work on my NWO VENI project 'Is it me or my disorder?' in which I investigate self-illness ambiguity in psychiatry and develop a relational account of authenticity.

For more information and publications, see my webpage:



2015 - 2017       Postdoctoral researcher - The Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Humboldt

I assessed the logic and limits of the neuro-reductionist idea that psychiatric disorders are brain diseases, and elaborated an alternative view on the relation between mind and brain and the causality involved.


 2011-2014        Researcher - Department of Psychiatry, Academic Medical Center,
                        University of Amsterdam.

I investigated the phenomenology of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and interviewed OCD patients who were treated with Deep Brain Stimulation to examine its effects on patients' experiences and life world. 


2010                  Visiting Scholar - Center for Subjectivity Research, University of


2007-2011        Fellow Marie Curie EU Research Training Network DISCOS (Disorders and                         Coherence of the Embodied Self) - Department of Psychiatry, Section
                        Phenomenological Psychopathology, Heidelberg University.

I interviewed young schizophrenic patients using the EASE (Examination of Anomalous Self-Experience) instrument, and investigated the role of the body in the phenomenology of schizophrenia.

Current courses

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External positions

Keynote lecture on "Normality and the boundaries of psychiatry' (Benecke - Continuum Psychiatrie)

25 Aug 2022

Postacademic education for mental healthcare professionals, on the theme 'Consciousness and Personality' (Lemion | Boom)

7 Jul 2022

Keynote lecture 'Being yourself despite/with mental problems' (Landelijke Vereniging voor Vrijgevestigde Psychologen en Psychotherapeuten)

20 May 2022

Socrates Professor Psychiatry and Philosophy (Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam)

3 Jan 2022 → …

Postacademic education for mental healthcare professionals, on the theme 'Philosophy and the psyche' (Lemion)

30 Oct 202031 Oct 2020


  • Philosophy Of Psychiatry
  • Authenticity
  • Philosophy
  • Enactivism
  • Mental Disorders
  • Phenomenology
  • Qualitative Research
  • Psychopathology


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