Jan.14: Human Rights & Mental Health Lecture

Jan.14: Human Rights & Mental Health Lecture

Nancy Scheper-Hughes delivers Annual Rangell Scholar Lecture at Semel Auditorium at 1:00 p.m., hosted by the Center for Medicine & Humanities of the David Geffen School of Medicine.


Center for Social Medicine & Humanities
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Nancy Scheper-Hughes, Ph.D.*
Chancellor’s Professor of Medical Anthropology Emerita
University of California, Berkeley

“Mental Illness and Human Rights in Global Perspective:
A Four-Decade Ethnographic/Psychoanalytic Retrospective”

JANUARY 14, 2019
Semel Auditorium, 740 Westwood Blvd.
1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m. 

*Professor Scheper-Hughes will deliver an additional lecture at the UCLA Department of Anthropology at 3:00 p.m. (see below).

Nancy Scheper-Hughes’s work concerns the violence of everyday life examined ethnographically and on the ground from a radical, phenomenological/ existential and critically engaged perspective. She has worked in South Africa, Latin America, Europe, the U.S. and beyond. The scholar is a founding director of Organs Watch. Her writings on violence, “peacetime crimes” and “small wars and invisible genocides” have been broadly applied to medicine, psychiatry, criminology, human rights, as well as to the practice of anthropology.

Her award-winning books include "Saints, Scholars and Schizophrenics: Mental Illness in Rural  Ireland," "A Finger in the Wound: On Pain, Scars and Suffering" and "Death without Weeping: the Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil" (on the madness of hunger, maternal thinking and infant mortality in Brazil). Her recent publications include "Violence on the Urban Margins "(with J. Auyero and P. Bourgois, 2015), "Commodifying Bodies" (co-edited with Loic Wacquant, 2002) and "Violence in War and Peace: An Anthology" (co-edited with Philippe Bourgois, 2003). 

Prof. Scheper-Hughes' forthcoming books are "Naked Life: Ghosts of Montes de Oca: A Buried Subtext of the Dirty War in Argentina" and "Kidney Hunter: The Organs Watch Files."


Monday, January 14, 2019
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
"A Finger in the Wound: On Pain, Scars and Suffering"
Nancy Scheper-Hughes, Ph.D.
Haines Hall, Rm. 352

A Mind, Medicine and Culture Seminar of the
UCLA Department of Anthropology

Prof. Scheper-Hughe's paper for the seminar (Representations, Special Issue on Pain, forthcoming Spring 2019) can be downloaded below. 

Download file: Scheper-Hughes_Finger-in-the-Wound-31-wml.pdf