WiPS. Conflict, Co-Regulation and Congruence: Sociocultural Influences on ADHD, Kathrin Bauer, 22 February

Thursday, the 22nd February from 5 to 7 pm CET via Zoom.

“Conflict, Co-Regulation and Congruence: Sociocultural Influences on ADHD”

by Kathrin Bauer, Freie Universität Berlin

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common diagnoses given to children in “the West” and in urban centers around the world. My research shows that ADHD – at least as defined in diagnostic manuals – is almost inexistent in several Colombian rural communities. In my presentation, I will share three concepts relevant to understand this difference. 1) Congruence: ADHD can be framed as an incongruence between children’s behaviour and expectations towards children (and thus between socialization practices and goals?). Moreover, cultural differences in perceived congruence and attitudes towards it might contribute to the development of ADHD. 2) Co-Regulation: While the biomedical model of ADHD focuses on (impaired) self-regulation, I highlight the role of co-regulation both as a resource on which children can rely and as an integral element in the development of self-regulation. 3) Conflict: The ways conflicts are appraised and approached in communities are meaningful in regards to ADHD.

The ENPA Works-in-Progress Seminar is a venue for researchers, faculty and postgraduate students to present ongoing work, receive feedback and share ideas about their research in psychological anthropology and allied fields. 

The seminar meets monthly via Zoom.

To join ENPA WiPS and receive the link for the seminar, please register here.

WiPS. Hearing Humanity: Counselling and Psychotherapy as an Intimate Educational Anthropology, Dr. John Loewenthal, 26 October

Thursday, the 26th of October from 5 to 7 pm CET via Zoom.

“Hearing Humanity: Counselling and Psychotherapy as an Intimate Educational Anthropology”

by Dr. John Loewenthal from Keele University

Human acts of talking about their lives, and the therapeutic practice of listening, provide an intimate window into what makes us human. This presentation shares a research proposal that seeks to speak with therapists across the United Kingdom to explore their encounters with Anyone (Rapport, 2012), human beings, whoever they are, simultaneously unique and representatives of humanity. The research has three aims: 1) to test the hypothesis that counselling/psychotherapy forms a quintessential anthropo-logy – a study of human beings – and whether this intimate scale of enquiry forms of new frontier for anthropology; 2) to explore the extent to which therapy shows the significance of cultural and identity-based differences and/or a cosmopolitan transcendence of such differences by showing our common humanity; 3) to explore the educational undercurrent of being human that is facilitated in therapy in helping people learn to live and to address myriad aspects of the human condition. 

The ENPA Works-in-Progress Seminar is a venue for researchers, faculty and postgraduate students to present ongoing work, receive feedback and share ideas about their research in psychological anthropology and allied fields. 

The seminar meets monthly via Zoom.

To join ENPA WiPS and receive the link for the seminar, please register here.

Public Psychological Anthropology Task Force Announcement

Dear ENPA Community, 

At the 2023 ENPA Conference in Oslo we had the opportunity to collectively brainstorm future initiatives and activities for the network. One of the key areas of discussion was the question of public psychological anthropology and how we as a network can highlight and foster different forms of public-facing scholarship within our broader community. There were various suggestions for what this could mean in practice, including creating a podcast, conducting workshops on public scholarly engagement, or creating educational resources for non-specialists. 

In order to more actively build on these ideas, we would like to initiate an ENPA Task Force on Public Psychological Anthropology. As a starting point, we envision the Task Force to have as its aim at least the following three objectives: 

  1. to propose how we, as the ENPA network, may define public psychological anthropology in an inclusive and meaningful way; 
  2. to recommend how to best engage public psychological anthropology through our network activities; 
  3. to help initiate such activities.  

The suggested time frame is from late 2023 to June/July 2024. If you would be interested in joining the Task Force and contributing to this initiative, please get in touch with us by emailing at info@enpanthro.net by 31 October 2023. 

We hope very much that some of you might be interested. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to any of the Board Members directly. 

Best wishes, 
ENPA Board Members 
(Anni, Suzana, John, Lavinia, Thomas, Mayssa, Mona, Maija, Ildze, Naomi, Nadia)