After careful consideration of the recent COVID-19 developments, we have reached a consensus on postponing the conference by one year. This decision was not taken lightly, considering the financial loss for those who have already arranged travel and the fact that the conference team has been working on this with a high level of commitment, along with all the presenters, keynote speakers and chairs who have invested their precious time and energy into making it happen. Thank you for all your hard work and support.

While we, unfortunately, do not have the funds to help you with travel refunds, those who have already registered will receive a full refund of the registration costs. The conference team will get in touch with you personally.

The provisional date for the conference next year would be June 1–3, 2021 at the University of Helsinki. Hopefully, after a calmer summer, we will be able to provide more information in the winter of 2020, but please save the date if you can.

We decided against a fully virtual conference, as everyone’s resources, including the university IT support staff, are currently depleted due to online teaching adjustments. Furthermore, as this is our very first conference, we would like to kick this off with a more personal approach and get to know each other.

We are also happy to publish a blog post (1,000 – 1,500 words) related to your research or perspectives on psychological anthropologies in times of lockdowns in case you want to share a teaser with our community in the meantime.

If you have any further concerns or queries regarding the conference, please do not hesitate to contact us at

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this has caused and we hope that you will join us next year in hopefully calmer times.

Please stay safe and all the best from your conference team and the ENPA conveners:
Andy, Anni, Keir, Lavinia, James, Siiri, Suzana & Thomas

The first Biennial Conference of the European Network for Psychological Anthropology (ENPA)
2-4 June 2020, in Helsinki

Mind Embedded and Embodied – Futures of Psychological Anthropology

As the global political economy becomes increasingly multipolar, the assumption that psychological and bio-psychiatric ‘insights,’ predominantly produced in the ‘West,’ may be imposed on other social groups, is increasingly open to question. Psychological anthropology is uniquely positioned to address the tensions between universalising and relativising understandings of the human condition. As the first ENPA Biennial, this conference will be launched as an inclusive forum for scholars from a wide range of disciplinary and thematic orientations to discuss, theorise and reflect on historically and socio-culturally situated concepts of the mind, the body, and their entanglements in cultural, social, and/or political worlds. Critical perspectives on the concepts of mainstream psychology – that posit humans as subject to universal psychological patterns of feeling, thinking and interacting – are encouraged; productive engagements across the disciplinary boundaries of anthropology and cognitive science, psychiatry, philosophy, evolutionary biology, and others will also be welcome. Through a fruitful dialogue within and between disciplines, the European Network for Psychological Anthropology (ENPA) aims to foster new insights not only in research contexts, but also in policy-making, therapy, and healing.

In collaboration with EASA and University of Helsinki