Announcements

Plasticity and Pathology: A Workshop – UC Berkeley, Rhetoric Department – April 11 & 12, 2014

Plasticity and Pathology: History and Theory of Neural Subjects

Organized by David Bates and Nima Bassiri

Friday, April 11

1.00 pm Welcome from Workshop Organizers (David Bates and Nima Bassiri)

1.15 – 3.15 pm Session One

Laura Salisbury (English, Exeter)
TBA [On narrative and neural subjects in Luria]

Nima Bassiri (ACLS Fellow, Literature and Neuroscience, Duke)
“Epileptic Insanity and Personal …

Books

Cheryl Mattingly’s The Paradox of Hope

The Paradox of Hope:
Journeys through a Clinical Borderland

By Cheryl Mattingly
University of California Press, 2010, 288 pp.

Offered as a philosophical anthropology, The Paradox of Hope: Journeys through a Clinical Borderland is intended as a meditation on hope in “in all its vagaries, vulnerabilities, and paradoxes” (233).  As a book grounded as much in ethnographic particulars as it …

Features

Why I Make Ethnographic Films (Instead of Writing a Monograph…)

This post is largely unaltered from its original form on the new blog Psychocultural Cinema, which focuses on the intersection of medical and psychological anthropology with ethnographic and documentary filmmaking.

Orwell was once asked by his editor to address the question “why I write.” Orwell, in his typically clear and direct manner, listed a range of reasons, from personal …

In the Journals

Local Responses to Trauma and PTSD: a special issue of Transcultural Psychiatry

The latest issue of Transcultural Psychiatry is devoted to “Local Responses to Trauma and PTSD.” 

The Editorial Introduction by Devon E. Hinton and Laurence J. Kirmayer is titled “Local responses to trauma: Symptom, affect, and healing:”

 “This article provides an introduction to the thematic issue of Transcultural Psychiatry on local responses to trauma. To illustrate how local responses to trauma

BooksFeatures

Top of the heap: Angela Woods

This article is part of the series:

This week we feature two clusters of books, one on depression, the other on voice-hearing, which are at the top of the reading list for Angela Woods, Lecturer in Medical Humanities at Durham University and Co-Director of the Hearing the Voice project.  Woods has also reviewed Anne Cvetkovich’s Depression: A Public Feeling for this site.

 

Angela Woods

Ann Cvetkovich,

Books

Karen Nakamura’s A Disability of the Soul

A Disability of the Soul:
An Ethnography of Schizophrenia and Mental Illness in Contemporary Japan

by Karen Nakamura

Cornell University Press, 2013

US $24.95, Paperback + DVD

 

It takes a strong heart and an open mind to study something like schizophrenia. No doubt many anthropologists have taken on this courageous task, many to be eventually rewarded with pieces of …