[anthro]metronom publishes essays on psychological anthropology accessible to everyone. It is designed as a platform where students, scholars, and activists are invited to submit essays related to current or historical discussions at the intersections of anthropology, psychology, and psychiatry in a critical or creative way. The blog discusses a wide range of topics: from suffering and mental health to therapies and healing, emotions and affects; from critical reflections on psychiatric practices to discussions of the concepts of self, personhood, and culture, or the coming of age of children and adolescents. The blog maintains a focus on cultural, structural and political dimensions as they influence human experience, well-being, as well as suffering. Formerly organised by graduate students at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at Freie Universität Berlin and supervised by Thomas Stodulka, [anthro]metronom has developed into a growing international team of young scholars in the field of psychological anthropology and is currently cooperating with the European Network for Psychological Anthropology (ENPA), where [anthro]metronom holds a position of Junior Faculty Representative.
Lea is an MA student in Social and Cultural Anthropology at Freie Universität Berlin and holds a scholarship from the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung. She has a BA in Cultural Anthropology and Romance Studies from Cologne University where she primarily worked on identity constructions, intercultural encounters and power relations with a regional focus on the Caribbean and Europe. Currently, Lea is interested in the interface of Visual and Psychological Anthropology. In 2016, she did her first short film on WomanLesbianTansInter* living spaces. For her master’s thesis, she researches on Traumayoga in Berlin.
Pablo creates illustrations and artworks for [anthro]metronom. He holds a master’s degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Cologne. During his studies, he spent one year at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). In the megalopolis of Mexico City where he also worked two years in the cultural program of Goethe-Institut, Pablo conducted fieldwork for his master thesis about the urban art scene. His research was focused on the relations to the movement of Muralismo, and the increasing institutionalization of urban art.
As an artist, he has exhibited works in Germany, Mexico, and Switzerland.
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Mona is a graduate in Social and Cultural Anthropology from Freie Universität Berlin. Her Master Thesis in Social and Cultural Anthropology thematizes hyperreality, state-rethorics and collective memory in contemporary Indonesia, and combines her interests in psychological and visual anthropology together with a philosophical approach. Previously, she studied in a BA combi-program Ethnology and Psychology at the University of Heidelberg, where she got interested in Southeast Asia and psychological anthropology. After graduating Mona worked for some time as a business anthropologist in the field of user experience and the organization of working structures, and currently focuses on socio-cultural perspectives of gender, politics, and affects.
ABDULLAH ALI JAWAD
Abdullah is a PhD student in cultural anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center. His research examines structural shifts in Pakistan’s political economy, focusing in particular on technologies of moral and economic enhancement in the authoritarian and militarized context of contemporary Pakistan. Previously, he studied International Relations (MA) at The University of Edinburgh, and South Asian Studies (MA) at SOAS, University of London.
Before she started the master’s program in Social and Cultural Anthropology at Freie Universität Berlin, Paula studied Area Studies with a focus on postcolonial theory and memory politics. Now her research interests lie at the intersection between Psychological and Medical Anthropology, e.g. perception of mental health, coping and trauma, health systems and much more… She is currently doing research on long-term effects of childhood cancer.
Hanna is currently a Master Student of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the Freie Universität Berlin. Prior, she studied Sociology and Political Sciences at the University of Konstanz, where she quickly got interested in the field of psychological anthropology. Her research interest lies in Ethnomethodology in the constitution of psychotherapy. In addition to her academic experience, she personally engaged in social and sociopolitical issues and worked for various governmental institutions.
Laila Rajani is a research and development consultant in Pakistan. She received her MA in folklore at Indiana University, USA through a Fulbright scholarship. She has experience working in research, education, journalism and international development. Currently, she is exploring how poverty and gender inequality shape women's mental health in Pakistan, and the role development interventions play in shaping these inequalities. Her work cuts across medical anthropology, global mental health, international development and gender studies.
Prior to her Master studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology, Lotte completed a Bachelor's degree in Cultural Studies and Regional Studies Africa at Humboldt University Berlin and University of Nairobi. Her focus has been primarily on postcolonial theory, media analysis of narratives of external vs. self-representation, as well as audiovisual research methods and storytelling. She is now completing her Master's degree, embarking on an ethnographic-film research journey on the traces of happiness. She is currently editing her graduation film, »The Happiness Archives.
Holding a bachelor of Area studies with a minor in social science, Josephin is now studying Social and Cultural Anthropology at Freie Universität Berlin. With a focus on medical and psychological anthropology, her interest lies in their intersection in mental health and illness. Wherein she is especially interested in forms of self-help and coping strategies and how they are influenced by certain concepts of the self, wellbeing and suffering as well as how those concepts are negotiated and contested. Currently she is researching mindfulness practices as a self-help technique.
Deborah’s bachelor’s thesis was a welcome opportunity to delve into contemporary neuroscience in a joint lab of ETH and the University of Zurich; from the latter she received her BA. Her master’s at Humboldt University endowed her with a deepening of her relationship to medical anthropology and science and technology studies, and conscious engagement with this crazy little assemblage called ‘city’. For her master’s thesis, she’s currently co-laborating with paramedics, attempting to deconstruct their psychological resilience, while analyzing what layers of para-care underlie their practices. She relishes engaging with the psy-sciences in respectful criticism – ideally to reach common, interdisciplinary grounds.
Thomas Stodulka is Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology, with a special focus on Psychological Anthropology, at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. His work focuses on the interplay between affect, emotion, mental health and illness, stigmatization, and critical epistemologies. He conducted long-term fieldwork with street-related young men in Yogyakarta, Indonesia between 2001 and 2015 (Coming of Age on the Streets of Java, 2017; Feelings at the margins, 2014), and he has directed international research projects on the role of affect and emotion in fieldwork and ethnography (Affective Dimensions of Fieldwork and Ethnography, 2019; Emotionen auf Expeditionen–Ein Methodenbuch für Feldforscher, 2019; Emotionen im Feld–Gespräche zur Ethnographie, Primatographie und Reiseliteratur, 2018), envy in transcultural perspectives, and critical perspectives on interdisciplinary emotion research and big data. He is the co-founder of the Psychological Anthropology Section, German Anthropological Association, and convenor the European Network for Psychological Anthropology (ENPA) at EASA.