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CfP IUAES 2013: Ethnographic perspectives on 'global mental health'

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Sumeet Jain <[log in to unmask]>

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Dear Colleagues,

We invite paper submissions for a panel titled: Ethnographic perspectives on
'global mental health' at The 17th World Congress of the International Union of
Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES), University of Manchester,
UK, 5-10 August 2013.

Deadline: July 13th, 2012

Panel LD36: Ethnographic perspectives on 'global mental health'

Conveners

Sumeet Jain (University of Edinburgh), Email: [log in to unmask]
David Orr (University of Sussex), Email: [log in to unmask] 

Short Abstract

The 'global mental health' (GMH) agenda has attained considerable policy
influence. However, debates continue about its universal validity. This panel
takes an ethnographic approach to how GMH-informed interventions respond in
practice to disparate manifestations of mental distress.

Long Abstract

This panel takes an ethnographic approach to investigating how interventions
informed by the 'global mental health' (GMH) movement respond in practice to
disparate manifestations of mental distress. The GMH agenda now dominates
academic and policy discussions of mental health in low and middle income
countries. Its rise can be traced to specific developments in the 1990s that
shaped how the 'disability burden' of mental health disorders came to be
measured, and a series of policy and research reports on mental health which
afforded direction and impetus to efforts to push mental health up the list of
governmental priorities. Today the GMH agenda is backed by the World Health
Organisation and has played its part in the continuing worldwide spread of
psychiatry's reach. Yet social scientists and psychiatrists have questioned how
'globally' valid some of its concepts and assumptions prove in framing and
acting on experiences of mental distress in diverse contexts and social
configurations. This panel invites papers that draw on anthropological theory
and ethnographic data to comment on, add to, or critique the evidence base for
claims on both sides, and consider how these discourses are formed and
re-formed on the ground. High on the list of questions we seek to address are:

How are GMH policies deployed in diverse locales?

What are the effects of these policies on local populations?

How is this agenda re-shaping clinical and non-clinical settings?

How do GMH discourses transform the interaction between patient and health
professional?

How does this approach mould health-seeking behaviours?

Please note that the deadline for paper proposals is July 13th, 2012. Proposals should be submitted by July 13th, 2012 through the 'Propose a paper' link on the following page :

http://www.nomadit.co.uk/iuaes/iuaes2013/panels.php5?PanelID=1705

If you require further information, do not hesitate to contact either of us.

Best wishes,

Sumeet Jain & David Orr


-- 
Dr. Sumeet Jain,
Lecturer in Social Work,
School of Social & Political Science,
University of Edinburgh

http://www.socialwork.ed.ac.uk/staff_profiles/jain_sumeet

Tel: +44-(0)131 651-1463
email: [log in to unmask]

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