The topic of this free public discussion by acclaimed writer, psychiatrist and anthropologist Richard Rechtman is trauma and care in the context of global health, especially among refugee populations.
Richard Rechtman is a Psychiatrist and an Anthropologist. Director of Studies at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris and Director of the Laboratory of Excellence TEPSIS , he is also President of the board of the journal L’Evolution psychiatrique. From 1997 to 2010 he directed the Centre Hospitalier Spécialisé de la Verrière (MGEN) and took on the role of Manager of the Department for Adolescent Psychiatry, which he created in 1999. His current research is focused on the anthropology of subjectivity and the anthropology of psychiatry and mental health. He has conducted field research on the political and psychological consequences of the Cambodian genocide, and the invention of new psychiatric categories such as posttraumatic stress disorder, psychological suffering and adolescent psychopathology. Richard Rechtman is the author of a number of important publications on migration, trauma, and psychotherapy, including The Empire of Trauma. An Inquiry into the Condition of Victimhood (with D. Fassin), Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009. In 2013 he published Les Vivantes, a study of trauma under Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge.
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UCL Institute for Global Health
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