Critical Reflections: Saints, Scholars, + Schizophrenics | Talk at IMMA, Dublin 8

Thursday 30 March, 6.30 to 7.30pm
Lecture Room IMMA, Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Military Road, Dublin 8

Critical Reflections: Saints, Scholars, and Schizophrenics.
You are invited to a discussion with Nancy Scheper-Hughes, Duncan Campbell and Professor Luke Gibbons. Scheper-Hughes’ book Saints, Scholars, and Schizophrenics (1979/ 2001) is regarded as one of the most important seminal anthropological studies of an Irish community and mental illness in rural Ireland. 40 years on, the ground-breaking author and activist anthropologist will speak with artist Duncan Campbell and Professor Luke Gibbons/ Discussion Moderator about her experiences of tracing the social disintegration of a remote village in Ireland and her later attempts to reconcile an honest ethnography with the community.

This conversation draws on Campbell’s film The Welfare of Tomás Ó Hallissy and the artist’s extensive research into 1968 documentary film The Village made by the Ethnographic Film Unit of UCLA, and in particular Scheper-Hughes’ book Saints, Scholars, and Schizophrenics. Using this material as a framework for a broader discussion, speakers will address the evolving ethics and politics of social, cultural and visual anthropology.

Programmed in association with the School of Applied Social Studies, University College Cork, Ireland. A focussed screening/talk on The Welfare of Tomás Ó Hallissy with Nancy Scheper-Hughes will take place at UCC on 4 April, 2017.

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