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Ecological Anxiety and Grief Across Generations in Britain

Dr. Bridget Bradley, University of St Andrews (UK), Department of Social Anthropology

In this lecture, Dr Bridget Bradley shares early ideas from her ongoing project ‘Eco Worrier, Eco Warrior’ which is funded by the Scottish Funding Council, and supported by her research team (Dr Rika Hirose, Hannah Fitchett and Eleonora Ranuzzi).
This paper presents recent findings from virtual interviews and focus groups among climate activists between the ages of 17 and 80, describing the psychological and social effects of their engagement in climate-related issues. We critically analyse the labelling of the term ‘eco-anxiety’, demonstrating different perspectives on the medicalization of this lived experience. Further, we examine the role of care, demonstrating the challenges faced by parents who attempt to raise climate-conscious while also trying to avoid conversations that might induce fear or anxiety. In terms of care, we also discuss the pressures on climate activists to maintain self-care practices and avoid burnout through building psychological resilience strategies. Finally, this work reveals the importance of paying attention to the social and emotional responses to catastrophe more broadly and demonstrates the significant effects on people who live with the realities of a future at risk from the climate crisis.

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This is a forum for students, researchers and everyone who is interested in the study of health and illness in different cultural/social settings. We host senior students and scholars who present their current research projects. The aim is to discuss and analyze new theories and themes of medical anthropology and to learn more about international developments in the area of culture, health , and healthcare.

Dienstag, 04. Mai 2021, 17.15 Uhr

Medical Anthropology Forum - SoSe 2021

Stefan Ecks (University of Edinburgh, School of Social and Political Science)

Dienstag, 18. Mai 2021, 17.15 Uhr

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Prof. Dr. Murphy Halliburton, The City University of New York (USA), Department of Anthropology

Dienstag, 15. Juni 2021, 17.15 Uhr

Ecological Anxiety and Grief Across Generations in Britain

Dr. Bridget Bradley, University of St Andrews (UK), Department of Social Anthropology

Dienstag, 29. Juni 2021, 17.15 Uhr

Craving to be Heard But not Seen - Chatbots, Care and the Encoded Mental Health Universalism

Privatdozentin Dr. Claudia Lang, Universität Leipzig, Institut für Ethnologie

Dienstag, 13. Juli 2021, 16.15 Uhr

Locating the Missing Person in Personalized Medicine and Psychiatrie

Prof. Dr. Laurence J. Kirmayer, McGill University (Canada), Division od Social and Transcultural Psychiatry