For the inaugural meeting of the European Network for Psychological Anthropology (ENPA), this roundtable discusses the seminal themes, challenges, and debates confronting psychological anthropology in Europe today.
As psychological anthropology concerns evermore drift and travel eastwards, from the American Global North to sites of burgeoning interest in Europe and the Global South, we will explore what such developments will yield in terms of new theoretical, methodological and analytical insights. We aim to explore questions such as: What will a European psychological anthropology distinctly offer given its roots in a more socially inclined anthropological enterprise? To what extent must European psychological anthropology be primarily a critical enterprise - namely, a domain of analysis politically committed to interrogating the theoretical and practical outcomes of the international spread of psych-narratives from the global North? To what extent must such an endeavour provide an interdisciplinary arena for critical exchange with the medical, psychiatric and neurosciences? What is the role of ethnography and fieldwork in European psychological anthropology? Invited guests: James Davies (University of Roehampton, UK) Jill Korbin (Case Western Reserve University, US) Victoria Kumala Sakti (MPI for Ethnic & Religious Diversity, D) Edward T. Lowe (SOKA University, US) Robert Lemelson (UCLA, US) Anita von Poser (FU Berlin, D) Antonius C.M.G. Robben (Utrecht University, NL)