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AMHIG’s inaugural conference in December 2014!

SAVE THE DATE for AMHIG’s inaugural conference at American University in December 2014!

We are very pleased to announce that AMHIG will be holding its inaugural conference at American University in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, directly before the American Anthropological Association Annual Conference. American University is conveniently located close to the AAA conference hotels.

The theme for AHMHIG’s inaugural conference will be new directions in mental health research and practice. Please save the date in your calendars, and keep an eye out for the Call for Papers.

If you are interested in being a part of the AMHIG Conference Committee, please send us an email at

Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture Annual Meeting

Only Six Weeks Away !!!

Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture
Annual Meeting

May 15-17, 2014

At the University of San Diego
Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies

The theme of this 3-day meeting is “Trauma, Recovery and Culture” with plenary sessions on Discovering Resilience and Wisdom in the Context of Adversity and What History and Historians Can Contribute to the Study of Trauma.
Symposia include the following:

  • Conducting Research in US Torture Rehabilitation Centers
  • Trauma, Resilience and Successful Aging: Cultural Perspectives
  • Conceptualizing Trauma:  Anthropological Approaches to Lived Experience and Structural Violence
  • Cultural Trauma, Resilience and Prevention of Demoralization
  • Cultural Discourses on Womanhood, Trauma, and Healing;
  • Policy Implications Affecting Survivors of Politically Motivated Torture
  • Culturally Competent Care of Refugees
  • Resident Training and Supervision in Cultural Competence

In addition, there will be award lectures by outstanding trainees in psychiatry and the social sciences, a symposium featuring trainees on the meeting theme, two award-winning films, and a robust poster session, plenty of opportunities to network and see friends, and lots of CMEs.

Don’t miss this one. Register today!

To learn more about SSPC, view the complete program, and register for the meeting, please visit

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and the Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture.  The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences designates this live activity for a maximum of 22.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

survey reminder

Dear Folks,

This is just a brief reminder to please take a minute to complete our meeting attendance survey, The survey will only remain open through Friday.
Many thanks.

CfP: Teaching about Violence roundtable (AAA 2014)

AAA 2014 Call for Roundtable Participants

Teaching about Violence: Goals, Challenges, and Responsibilities

“Researching and writing about violence will never be a simple endeavor. The subject is fraught with assumptions, presuppositions, and contradictions,” state Robben and Nordstrom (1995:5). But what about our endeavors in teaching about violence? What types of challenges do anthropologists experience as they design syllabi, prepare lectures, talk with students, grade papers, and moderate classroom discussions about violence in all its myriad forms? As teachers, what are our goals when it comes to designing classes about violence? Do we intend merely to inform students about inequalities, or to challenge them to change the world through the use of applied/public anthropology? And what is our responsibility when it comes to helping students navigate their emotional responses to learning about violence? Behar notes, “When you write vulnerably, others respond vulnerably. A different set of problems and predicaments arise which would never surface in response to more detached writing. What is the writer’s responsibility to those who are moved by her writing? …. Should I feel good that my writing makes a reader break out crying? Does an emotional response lessen or enhance intellectual understanding?” (1996:16) We put this same question to our roundtable participants who work as teachers – what are our responsibilities and goals as anthropologists who introduce students to emotionally upsetting topics? Is it acceptable, appropriate – or even essential – to provide students with safe spaces within the classroom or within assignments to release their emotions and explore their feelings of anger, fear, shame, pain, guilt, or re-victimization?

This roundtable aims to start a conversation with anthropologists-as-teachers about the goals, challenges, and responsibilities that come with navigating the difficult waters of appropriately crafting syllabi, facilitating classroom discussions, and crafting assignments to help students learn about violence from anthropological and interdisciplinary perspectives. We welcome participation from anthropologists who teach about violence in all its different forms, including: direct interpersonal violence like rape, intimate partner battering, child abuse, and other forms of torture; structural violence and indirect suffering caused by “the social machinery of oppression” (Farmer 2004:307), or the “violences of everyday life” that occur in the lives of people on varying levels of the class spectrum (Kleinman 2000); or people’s experiences with “symbolic violence,” as conceptualized by Bourdieu (2001 [1998]). In particular, we seek participants who have taught at least a few classes focusing specifically on violence, and participants who have devised creative or innovative approaches to syllabi development, classroom facilitation, or the design of assignments or research projects related to the topic of violence. Depending on the number of participants, we will aim for 10-minute presentations, followed by plenty of time for discussion with audience members.


Please send 100-word proposal to roundtable organizers

by March 31, 2014:

 Mahri Irvine,

Catherine Mitchell Fuentes,

Selected participants will be notified on a rolling basis.



Works Cited

Behar, Ruth

1996  The Vulnerable Observer: Anthropology that Breaks Your Heart. Boston: Beacon Press.

Bourdieu, Pierre

2001 [1998]  Masculine Domination. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.

Farmer, Paul

2004  An Anthropology of Structural Violence. Current Anthropology 45(3):305-325.

Kleinman, Arthur

2000  The Violences of Everyday Life: The Multiple Forms and Dynamics of Social Violence. In Violence and Subjectivity. V. Das, A. Kleinman, M. Ramphele, and P. Reynolds, eds. Pp. 226-241. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Robben, Antonius C.G.M., and Carolyn Nordstrom

1995  The Anthropology and Ethnography of Violence and Sociopolitical Conflict. In Fieldwork Under Fire: Contemporary Studies of Violence and Survival. C. Nordstrom and A.C.G.M. Robben, eds. Pp. 1-23. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Short Survey about AMHIG Meetings

Dear AMHIG Members,

We are interested to learn about the meetings that our members attend, to see whether there might be additional opportunities for us to meet apart from the AAA meetings. We are also exploring the possibility of putting together a 1 day conference on the day before the AAA meeting in Washington. Could you please take a moment to complete the following survey?

It should take no more than 2 minutes to complete.

Many thanks.

Michael R. Duke