Spotlight on… James Davies

Position: Reader in Social Anthropology and Mental Health at the University of Roehampton Bio: James obtained his doctorate in social and medical anthropology from the University of Oxford in 2006 with a dissertation the construction of the psychotherapeutic practitioner. He is also a qualified psychotherapist and has practiced in various settings, including the NHS. James Read More…

HIV/AIDS & Global Health: HIV among older adults in South Africa

Our third year HIV/AIDS and Global Health module, which explores broader anthropological questions around HIV/AIDS, illness and healing, sexual and reproductive relationships, and global health. As part of the module students are required to design a HIV awareness poster or research proposal. This week, we are featuring a poster assignment by Hovnan Gulbenkian Eayrs on HIV among Read More…

Anthropology of Life and Death: Exploring concepts of life and death through the lens of pregnancy loss

As part of our third year Anthropology of Life and Death module, students explore cross-cultural understandings of life and death. This week, our featured essay is by Jack Robson. Jack’s bio: I am a final year anthropology undergraduate student, having studied the majority of my degree part-time alongside work. When I discovered anthropology a number Read More…

Potency, poison cultures, and the politics of toxicity: Processing mercury in Asian medicines

This week in the CRESIDA seminar series, Barbara Gerke (University of Vienna) is sharing her research on the politics of toxicity in Asian medicines. Come and join us on Thursday, November 21st at 2.30pm in Room 2025 at Parkstead House to learn more. Abstract This presentation introduces the key findings of Barbara Gerke’s second monograph Taming the Read More…

Culture, Madness and Medicalisation: A history of madness before psychiatry

In our third year Culture, ‘Madness’ and Medicalisation module, students receive a critical introduction to today’s dominant psychological/clinical practices such as psychoanalysis, bio-psychiatry, psychotherapy, counselling and clinical psychology and the importance of anthropology in illuminating how psychological/clinical practices are dramatically shaping contemporary subjectivities and wider socio/cultural life. This year, our featured essay from the module is Read More…

HIV/AIDS and Global Health: Hijras and HIV

Our third year HIV/AIDS and Global Health module, which explores broader anthropological questions around HIV/AIDS, illness and healing, sexual and reproductive relationships, and global health. As part of the module students are required to design a HIV awareness poster or research proposal. This week, we are featuring a poster assignment by Jana-Sharmila Sen on HIV among the Read More…

Organs without grief: the potentials of the pig model in Danish experimental transplantation research

This week in the CRESIDA seminar series, our speaker is Anja Jensen from the University of Copenhagen, who is sharing her research on the potentials of the pig model in Danish experimental transplantation research. Come and join us on Thursday, March 7th at 4.15pm in Room G070 at Parkstead House to learn more. Abstract In Danish transplant experiments, research Read More…

James Davies on a new Lancet study about whether anti-depressants work

CRESIDA’s James Davies was on BBC’s Newsnight last night debating a new Lancet study on whether anti-depressants work.  Click below for the full debate, which starts at 24.34m. A modified version of his response to the study, published in The Times this morning, is below: Antidepressants Work – Really? A classic example of misrepresenting insignificant conclusions Read More…

The weird and wonderful world of cigarette packaging

Two weeks ago, The Guardian featured an article about Tom Fraine, the British man who inadvertently ended up as the ‘dead’ body on the ‘smoking causes heart attacks’ label. In describing his experience of how he came to be a cigarette packaging model, Fraine recounts: ‘I was offered €200 and asked to come to a disused hospital on the outskirts of Berlin. They painted my face grey, put me in a body bag and took me to the morgue. Being in a body bag really freaked me out, especially when the photographer zipped the bag up fully and whispered: “This is for Dresden”, before unzipping me. He had a dark sense of humour.’