In the Journals

Cultures of the internet: a special issue of Transcultural Psychiatry

The latest issue of Transcultural Psychiatry is devoted to “Cultures of the Internet” – also the title of the 2011 McGill Advanced Study Institute (ASI) in Cultural Psychiatry at which many of the papers were originally presented.  In our introductory essay to the issue, Laurence Kirmayer, Sadeq Rahimi and I examine some of the issues which the Internet and other …

Features

“I Didn’t Want to Be One of the Contaminated People”: Confronting a Mystery Illness in a Rural American Landscape

A small-town high school in western New York became the focus of news media attention from late 2011 to early 2012. Nearly two dozen teens and one adult, all but one female, exhibited spasmodic movements and vocalizations with no easily detectable cause. The outbreak provoked a cascade of conflicts, leaving them largely unresolved even as the symptoms subsided and life …

Web Roundups

Web Roundup October 2012

Today I am testing the waters of the web roundups here at Somatosphere. Feel free to give feedback!

This month’s theme is data, inspired by many tweets I received on ENCODE and big data.

I was intrigued to hear that the American Anthropological Association has started an anthropological data wiki. The collection of datasets already seems pretty impressive, but …

Features

Toward a Neuroanthropology of Immersive Online Gaming and Cyberdependence

Since Spring 2008, I’ve been studying videogaming, conducting participant-observation research in and around the World of Warcraft (WoW), interviewing and surveying the citizens of this online community. I have been particularly fascinated by players’ relationships to their WoWavatars,” the in-game graphical representations of their characters. Via avatars, gamers can temporarily separate or even “dissociate” from …

Web Roundups

Monthly Web Round-up

CULTURE AND NATURE

It is important to consider the role that societal and institutional factors play in the relationship between ‘natural’ disasters and the causes of social suffering. It is too simple to call natural disasters ‘natural’, as they happen in a particular social and cultural context. When attempting to understand how and why natural disasters can cause social suffering,

Announcements

Cultures of the Internet conference, Montreal, April 28-29, 2011

Back in October I wrote about the upcoming conference on “Cultures of the Internet,” which will be held as part of the Advanced Study Institute in Cultural Psychiatry in Montreal on April 28 and 29, 2011.  Now the final program is available and registration is open.

As you’ll see below, there have been a few changes made to the line-up …