Research themes

The project’s four thematic clusters address the two most important leitmotifs of early transcultural psychiatry: the universality vs cultural specificity debate, and the pathological potentials and changing meanings of cross-cultural encounters. These two themes will provide insight into the close relationship between transcultural psychiatry and the process of decolonisation. They will be combined with micro-historical research on core aspects of psychiatric clinical spaces and encounters – the development psychiatric research instruments, and the cross-cultural construction of the figure of a patient: this will provide an opportunity to write a global and intellectual history of broad thematic areas from below and with reference to specific sites, personalities and experiences.