Seminar: Outside the Asylum: Community Mental Health in Palestine

Wednesday, 6th February, 2019, 12.30 – 13.30pm.

Anatomy museum, Strand Campus, King’s College London.

Speaker: Dr Hanna Kienzler

Abstract:  International human rights treaties such as the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) have challenged viewing persons with mental disorders as “objects” of charity, treatment and protection toward viewing them as “subjects” with rights and active membership in society. This shift in perception has led to demands for their full and effective inclusion and participation in community as well as investment into deinstitutionalisation. Hanna Kienzler will evaluate the strengths of these claims by beginning to interrogate the adequacy of key concepts such as community, support, participation, and integration. Using vignettes derived from long-term ethnographic research in Palestine, she will pit these concepts against the processes and practices they intend to describe and search for more precise conceptions to better capture the lived experiences of those suffering from mental ill health.

Hanna Kienzler is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at King’s. She has a long-standing interest in the field of global health and investigates how systemic violence, ethnic conflict, and complex emergencies, intersect with health and mental health outcomes. She conducts ethnographic fieldwork in Kosovo, Palestine and Nepal. Currently, Hanna holds two major grants: a Wellcome Trust Collaborative Award to investigate community-based support for persons with mental health problems in Palestine and a RCUK grant to build research capacity in the field of mental health in conflict affected areas of the Middle East with particular focus on Palestine.

Free Lunch will be provided at 12.



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