Being Human: Is obesity best understood as a social or biologically/evolutionarily-driven phenomenon?

As part of our first year Being Human module, students write an essay where they consider social and biological anthropological perspectives on a key topic in anthropology.  This week we are featuring an essay by Katie Goode. Katie’s bio: I am a first-year anthropology student from Berkshire. I came across anthropology unexpectedly when looking for Read More…

Culture, Madness and Medicalisation: COVID, communities of colour and mental health

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 Read More…

CRESIDA webinar by Dr Derek Summerfield on the globalisation of western mental health

On 18 November 2020, Dr Derek Summerfield from the Institute of Psychiatry presented a webinar in the CRESIDA seminar series titled ‘Globalising Western ‘mental health’: psychiatry, spirits, ancestors and poverty. Case studies from UK, Zimbabwe, Cambodia’. Abstract The ongoing globalisation of Western psychiatry and psychology trades on universalistic assumptions about ‘mind’. These are at odds Read More…

Spotlight on… Nadine Beckmann

Position: Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology Bio: A native German, Nadine completed her undergraduate training and Master’s degree at the University of Muenster in Germany. She received her DPhil in anthropology from the University of Oxford in 2008, based on a dissertation on life with HIV/AIDS in a Muslim society, notions of morality and uncertainty, 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…

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…