Chris Dole (Amherst College), “Life’s Remains: Loss and Endurance in Post-Earthquake Turkey”

Posted on March 26th, 2014 by Med Studies Staff in Events

Wednesday, April 23, 5:30 pm, Building 50, Room 51A

Culture, Mind, and Medicine Seminar Series

Chris Dole (Amherst College), “Life’s Remains: Loss and Endurance in Post-Earthquake Turkey”

Abstract: This talk examines long-term experiences of loss and recovery among survivors of a series of devastating earthquakes that struck western Turkey in 1999.  It is particularly interested in exploring the question of what it means to “live on” in the wake of large-scale destruction.

Chris Dole is a medical anthropologist whose research interests include psychiatric and psychological anthropology, healing and care, theories of subjectivity, and secularism, citizenship, and Islam in Turkey. Professor Dole completed his PhD at Case Western Reserve University and received postdoctoral training in the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University. He has conducted research addressing the politics of religious healing and secularism in Turkey and the psychological impact of counter-terrorism surveillance within Boston’s Arab Muslim communities. His publications include Healing Secular Life: Loss and Devotion in Modern Turkey (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012) and numerous articles that have appeared in the American AnthropologistCulture, Medicine and PsychiatryEthosInternational Migration and Human Rights; and the International Journal of Middle East Studies, where he serves on the editorial board. He is currently working on a project concerned with humanitarian psychiatry and the long-term social and psychological effects of catastrophe in Turkey.  Professor Dole is the Chair of the Department of Anthropology at Amherst College.

Open only to Stanford affiliates.

[Co-sponsored by Department of Anthropology]

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