Payback: Rethinking the Terms of Field-Based Research

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (ET)
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Distinguished Visitors Program

Distinguished Visitor Kim J. Hopper, professor of sociomedical sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

This will something of work in progress, prompted by readings (and re-readings) of ethnographies that deal with distressed/dispossessed peoples and places, as well as reflections on Hopper's own (variously positioned) career dealing with homelessness and psychiatric disorder. He hopes to reconsider the character of the debt we incur and the terms of recompense.

Dr. Kim Hopper is a medical anthropologist who also works as a research scientist at the Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research, where he co-directs the Center for the Study of Issues in Public Mental Health. He is author of Reckoning with Homelessness (Cornell University Press, 2003), a stocktaking of two decades of research, advocacy, and theoretical work in that field, and co-editor of the forthcoming Recovery from Schizophrenia: An International Perspective (Psychosocial Press), a report from the WHO collaborative study on the long-term course and outcome of schizophrenia. He is also author of a critical review of practical quandaries in applied anthropological work. Since 1979, Dr. Hopper has done ethnographic and historical research on psychiatric care and on homelessness, chiefly in New York City. Active in homeless advocacy efforts since 1980, he served as president of the National Coalition for the Homeless from 1991-1993. His current research interests include the reconfiguration of public mental health, cross-cultural studies of psychotic disorder, community-based modalities of coercion, and dimensions of recovery and support in severe mental illness.

Tea at 4:15 p.m.

Sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and the Bi-Co Health Studies Program in conjunction with the Distinguished Visitors Program

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