Debating the First Principles of Transcultural Psychiatry

Funded by the AHRC Exploratory Award in Science in Culture, PI: Dr Gavin Miller (University of Glasgow)

This project brought together a number of collaborators from different disciplines and backgrounds, and asked them to generate and reflect upon what they saw as fundamental questions for the field of transcultural psychiatry. For instance, do the expectations of Western psychiatric culture mould the shape of mental illness in Western European and North American contexts? Why are certain kinds of behaviour or experience (for example, hearing voices, seeing dead loved ones) understood as harmless in certain culture contexts, and as a sign or symptom of mental disorder in others?

Please see the Transcultural Psychiatry webpage for further information, including the project summary, position papers and podcasts.

Asylum Spaces group member Cheryl McGeachan was heavily involved with this project, and her position paper, titled Moving Across and Beyond the Landscapes of Transcultural Psychiatry: Some Personal Reflections, can be found here.

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