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 …

Teaching Resources

Illness and subjectivity: a syllabus

When I was in graduate school during the early 2000s, there was a lot of discussion taking place about “subjectivity.”  I found much of this conversation deeply confusing, in part because so little was being done pedagogically to sort out the work being carried out under this term from research under a number of cognate rubrics such as “self” and …

Teaching Resources

Syllabi on culture and mental health

These two courses, one undergraduate and the other graduate, explore the cultural patterning of mental health and healing, of psychological flourishing and disorder. Both courses aim to help students appreciate how the cultural anthropological analysis of mental health can be enriched by (neuro)biological and psychological/ clinical perspectives. The undergraduate course has a “science and technology studies” feel to it, exploring …

Books

Book review: Tanya Luhrmann’s When God Talks Back

When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God

by T. M. Luhrmann

Random House, 2012

464 pp, US$28.95 hardcover, US$15.95 paperback

 

How does God become and remain real for modern evangelicals?  How are rational, sensible people of faith able to experience the presence of a powerful yet invisible being, and sustain the belief in an environment …

Features

Subjectivity at the Intersection of Metaphoric and Metonymic Functions

This article is part of the series:

I have been intending to return and continue the two lines of discussion I had started earlier concerning the broader theme of political subjectivity and the more specific issue of metonymic and metaphoric functions for a while now, but too many things stopped me from doing so.  Thankfully a recent comment/question by Malte about my earlier posting on metaphor and …

Lectures

The Culture, Mind and Brain Conference and Tanya Luhrmann on “Hearing Voices in Accra and Chennai”

This past Friday and Saturday the Foundation for Psychocultural Research held its Fifth interdisciplinary conference on Culture, Mind and Brain: Emerging Concepts, Methods, Applications.  I’m sad to have missed it, as it was clearly a very exciting event, bringing together key researchers from neuroscience, biocultural anthropology, cultural psychology, behavioral biology and other disciplines to discuss — in very concrete …