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[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. 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, and suffering. The blog is organised by graduate students at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at Freie Universität Berlin and supervised by Thomas Stodulka.



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.

You can check out his work on his website or his Instagram account: 



Mona was born in 1992 in Berlin. Her two favorite places in the world are the subway in her hometown and the volcanic mountains she loved exploring while in Indonesia. Currently, Mona is focusing on sociopolitics and media. She is especially interested in South East Asia, psychological anthropology, visual media, mysticism and never says no to a new food experience.



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.


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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. 



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.



Having focused on the anthropology of the senses and religious anthropology during her undergraduate studies at the Johannes Gutenberg- University, Lisa currently lives in Berlin to study psychological and environmental anthropology at Freie Universität. Her special interests pertain to affects and emotions, as well as modes of repulsion and recognition in political fields of action and agency. In this context, she is also interested in thoughts on consciousness and concepts of the self.



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.

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PhD candidate at the Insitute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at Freie Universität Berlin



M.A. Cognitive Neuroscience

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