Tuesday, October 15, 2013

[Upcoming Seminar] Treating Crazy: Becoming a Hong Kong Psychiatrist

Treating Crazy: Becoming a Hong Kong Psychiatrist

Speaker: Hanna MANTILA 
(PhD Candidate, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh and 
Honorary Research Assistant, Department of Anthropology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Time:  12:30 p.m. , Friday, 18 October 2013
Venue: Room 11 Humanities Building, New Asia College, CUHK

This research discusses psychiatrists as mediators between systems of health care, patients and Hong Kong society and culture. As they are delicately positioned between numerous forces - institutional, social, cultural, economic and political, studying psychiatrists and their experiences of being doctors can help reveal how institutions come together in what are highly complex assemblages. Drawing on recent ethnographic fieldwork, this talk, as a preliminary reflection on the data, will look at the initial becoming of the doctors. By outlining what brings students to study psychiatry in Hong Kong, the expectations placed upon and emerging from aspiring doctors and the negotiation of these expectations, this talk creates space for exploring what studying clinical practice and experience could tell us about mental health and illness, about Hong Kong society, and about being human in the contemporary world. 

Feel free to bring your box lunch or sandwich to eat during the talk

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