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A Brahmin on the Couch; secret threads, mantras, and social privilege

A Brahmin on the Couch; secret threads, mantras, and social privilege
Speaker: Sushrut Jadhav # UCL; Hosted by: Social Work # U of E; Hosted by: Centre for South Asian Studies # U of E
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29th Nov 2018 16:00 - 29th Nov 2018 17:30
6th floor staff room, Chrystal Macmillan Building

The Brahmin on the C-ouch!: Caste, thread baring, and cultural psychotherapy
Seminar at University of Edinburgh, 29 November 2018, 1600-1730 h. 6th floor staff room, Chrystal Macmillan Building. Univ. Edinburgh, UK

People historically subordinated as ‘untouchable’  within Indian society have long invested their aspirations in higher education as the means achieve to full citizenship. Yet evidence is mounting that caste discrimination, & its intersection with gender and class, persists within even the most prestigious Indian universities. Mental health dimensions of caste related identity distress and interventions remain unexplored. Recently, a Brahmin professor met with a Dalit psychiatrist to explore the former's caste identity distress. This seminar is the first reported intervention over six months of regular clinical anthropologically applied individually therapy sessions, with a follow up six months later.

Sushrut Jadhav, Division of Psychiatry, University College London
Clinical Lead, Camden & Islington Cultural Consultation Services

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