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Teaching Resources on the Production of Knowledge from the Global South

What would an anthropological investigation of 'trauma studies' look like? I have used this section in my teaching in order to urge students to think critically about the given-ness of concepts such as 'trauma'. Here is a sample of the readings I have used:

Ethnographic Writing and Cultural Critique: Globalisation, the Postmodern, and Knowledge Production in the Global South

The aim of this session is to get a general sense of the ways in which anthropologists have understood globalisation and how they have situated ethnographic practice and cultural critique with regard to it. What do micro-studies of the so-called Global South teach us about our disciplinary and cultural assumptions? Whose ‘knowledge’ is legitimate? What is knowledge? Is knowledge a cultural construction?

  • Lyotard, Jean-Francois. 1984. The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge. Manchester, Manchester University Press: Read Introduction + Section 6-8 (p18-31):

  • Fischer, M., J. 1999. Emergent Forms of Life: Anthropologies of Late or Postmodernities. Annual Review of Anthropology,28:455-478.

  • Fischer, Michael M J. 2004. Mute Dreams, Blind Owls, and Dispersed Knowledges: Persian Poesis in the Transnational Circuitry. Duke University Press: Selected Chapters

  • Latour, Bruno. 1993. Crisis”, and “Constitution, in Latour’s We Have Never Been Modern. New York, Harvester Wheatsheaf.

Knowledge Production in the Global South

  • El Shakry, O. The Arabic Freud: Psychoanalysis and Islam in Modern Egypt. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2017: Introduction, chapter1 and chapter 3

  • [If you don’t have access to the book, then read:

  • El Shakry, O. (2014). The Arabic Freud: The Unconscious And The Modern Subject. Modern Intellectual History, 11(1), 89-118. 

  • El Shakry, O. (2011). Youth As Peril And Promise: The Emergence Of Adolescent Psychology In Postwar Egypt. International Journal Of Middle East Studies, 43(4), 591-610.]

  • Behrouzan, Orkideh. 2016. Prozak Diaries: Psychiatry and Generational Memory in Iran.Stanford: Chapters 2 and 7

  • Najmabadi, Afsaneh. 2013. Professing Selves: Transsexuality and Same Sex Desire in Contemporary Iran. Duke: Introduction

  • Kitanaka Junko. 2003. 'Jungians and the Rise of Psychotherapy in Japan: A Brief Historical Note'. Transcultural Psychiatry. 40(2): 239–247:


  • Retchman, Richard. The rebirth of PTSD: the rise of a new paradigm in psychiatrySocial Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. 2004, Volume 39, Issue 11,p 913-915

  • Lurhmann, T. 2011. Of Two Minds: An Anthropologist Looks at American Psychiatry: Introduction.

  • Patai, R. 2002. The Arab Mind. Hatherleigh Press.

  • Pandolfo, S. 2008. The Knot of the Soul: Postcolonial Conundrums, Madness, and the Imagination. In Postcolonial Disorders. University of California Press, pp:329-358.

  • DelVecchio, M-J., Hyde, S., Pinto, S. and Good, B. 2008. (eds). Postcolonial Disorders. University of California Press.

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