[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 Rebecca Minow 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 Dohms 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 Benke 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.
Maximilian Leipold is a Bachelor student at the Freie Universität Berlin. His major is Social and Cultural Anthropology and his minor is Journalism and Communication Studies. He works as a student assistant in the CRC Affective Societies. His interests lie in psychological anthropology, the anthropology of beauty and body, visual anthropology and multispecies anthropology. His research focuses on East Germany, Eastern Europe and post-Soviet states. In his most recent research, he worked on the topic of feelings and changes in the way employees think and act at the "Bahnhofsmission am Zoo" in Berlin.
Theresa Thuß is currently studying her master's in Social and Cultural Anthropology as well as Interdisciplinary Latin American Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. She works as a student assistant with Professor Thomas Stodulka in the department of Psychological Anthropology at the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology. Her interests lie in gender and feminist studies, psychological anthropology, the anthropology of affect and emotion and decolonizing approaches. Her graduate research focuses on the politics of affective and emotional bonds between members of feminist collectives who mobilise in the interwoven digital and material contexts in Mexico City.
Abdullah Ali Jawad is a PhD student in cultural anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center. His research examines the political economy of development in contemporary Pakistan, in particular the unstable political, ethical and epistemological implications of the current regime's policy of 'Digital Transformation'. Previously, he studied International Relations (MA) at The University of Edinburgh, and South Asian Studies (MA) at SOAS, University of London.
Lea Hensch is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the Freie Universität Berlin after having completed her Bachelor's degree in Ethnology at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. Her interests lie in conflict anthropology, the "politics of memory" and transitional justice with a regional focus on Southeast Asia and Southeastern Europe. She is particularly interested in the possibilities offered by social and cultural anthropology in the analysis and interpretation of conflicts, as well as the relationship between power, collective memory, and representation of a violent past. It is precisely these questions, that she will be exploring throughout her field research in Kosovo and in her subsequent master's thesis.
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.
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 has directed international research projects on the role of affect and emotion in fieldwork and ethnography, envy in transcultural perspectives, critical perspectives on interdisciplinary research and big data. He is the co-founder of the Psychological Anthropology Section, German Anthropological Association, and the European Network for Psychological Anthropology (ENPA) at EASA.