Prof. Dr. Claudia Lang

Associate Professor (Heisenberg)

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claudia langClaudia Lang is a medical anthropologist and her research focusses on depression, the reconfiguration of suffering into a medical condition and the way globalized mental health categories comes to be fabricated, translated and experienced. Her work is located in India and she publishes in the field of traditional medicine, religion and ritual, subjectivities, gender identities and intersexuality. She considers how local social worlds respond to new challenges. For example, she examines the expansion of Kerala's comprehensive system of health governance and care, to target inner feelings, emotional suffering and existential despair. In another project, she shows how Ayurvedic practitioners incorporate the modern problem of depression and (re)invent Ayurvedic psychiatry. In her new research she focuses on new opportunities created for citizens in India to reduce work stress and establish a well-balanced life.

Before joining the University of Leipzig, Claudia Lang held academic positions at the Centre de Recherche, Médecine, Sciences, Santé, Santé Mentale, Société (cermes3), Paris (2016-2018), the Westfälische Wilhelms University, Münster (2015-2016) and the Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich (2006-2016, 2002-2004).

 

Curriculum vitae PD Dr. Claudia Lang

 

Teaching

Cross-cultural psychiatry, psychology and mental health, Medical anthropology, Global mental health, Depression, Religion and spirituality, Ayurveda, Gender, Transgender/Intersexuality, Anthropology of the body, South Asia

 

Publications


Monographs and Edited Volumes

The Movement for Global Mental Health: Critical views from South and Southeast Asia. Edited with William Say. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press (under review).

Depression in Kerala: Ayurveda and Mental Health Care in 21st Century India. 2018. London and New York: Routledge (forthcoming)

Soziale Ästhetik, Atmosphäre, Medialität. Beiträge aus der Ethnologie. 2017. Edited with Philipp Zehmisch; Ursula Münster; Jens Zickgraf. Frankfurt a. Main: Campus.

Intersexualität: Menschen zwischen den Geschlechtern. 2006. Frankfurt/Main: Campus.

 

Refereed journal articles

"Neurochemistry and subjunctivities of depression in Kerala, South India". 2020. Anthropology and Medicine, special issue “Constructing diagnosis in 'mental health': the negotiation of categories, the encounter of subjectivities in South Asia” (accepted, forthcoming).

"Purifying and controlling embodied minds: Theory and practice of Ayurvedic psychotherapy in Kerala, South India" 2020. Transcultural Psychiatry (under review).

“Genealogies and Anthropologies of Global Mental Health”, 2019. (with Anne Lovell and Ursula Read) Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry 43(4): 519-547.

"Inspecting Mental Health. Depression, surveillance and care in Kerala, South India" 2019. Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry 43(4): 596-612.

"Translation and Purification: Ayurvedic Psychiatry, Allopathic Psychiatry, Spirits and Occult Violence in Kerala, South India". 2016. Anthropology & Medicine. Published online: 08 May 2017. [PDF]

„Trick or Treat? Muslim Thangals, psychologisation and pragmatic realism in Northern Kerala, India". 2014. Transcultural Psychiatry 51(6):904-923. [PDF]

„The Ayurvedic Appropriation of Depression: Biomedicalizing Ayurvedic Psychiatry" (with Eva Jansen). 2013. Medical Anthropology 32(1):25-45. [PDF]

"Transforming the Self and Healing the Body through the Use of Testimonies in a Divine Retreat Centre, Kerala" (with Eva Jansen). 2012. Journal of Religion and Health 51 (2): 542-551. [PDF]

 

 Non-refereed journal articles

"Following depression in Kerala and beyond: Globalisierung, psychische Gesundheit und Medizinethnologie". 2017 In: Dürr, Eveline; Heidemann, Frank; Reinhardt, Thoma; Sökefeld, Martin (eds.): Studien aus dem Münchner Institut für Ethnologie, Working Papers in Social and Cultural Anthropology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich. (forthcoming)

„Ayurvedische Pillen gegen Depression – Die Kommoditisierung ayurvedischer ‚Antidepressiva'". 2012. Curare 35 (3): 177-185.

„Depression und die Revitalisierung ayurvedischer Psychiatrie in Kerala (with Eva Jansen). Indien". 2010. Curare 33 (3+4).

„Intersexuality and Alternative Gender Categories in Non-Western Cultures" (with Ursula Kuhnle-Krahl). 2008. Hormone Research 69(4): 240-250.

 

Book Chapters

“From ‘treatment gap’ to ‘treatment difference’: a critical look at the Movement for Global Mental Health”. 2020. (with William Sax) In: Sax, William and Claudia Lang. The Movement for Global Mental Health: critical views from South and Southeast Asia. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press (under review).

“Ayurvedic psychiatry and the moral physiology of depression in Kerala”. 2020. In: Sax, William and Claudia Lang. The Movement for Global Mental Health: critical views from South and Southeast Asia. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press (under review).

“Einleitung” 2017. (with Jens Zickgraf; Ursula Münster, Philipp Zehmisch) In: Zehmisch, Philipp; Ursula Münster; Jens Zickgraf and Claudia Lang (eds.). Soziale Ästhetik, Atmosphäre, Medialität. Frankfurt a. Main: Campus: 7-20.

„Traditional Medicine against Modern Suffering. Ayurvedic Pharmaceuticals for Depression in Kerala, South India” 2017. In: Zehmisch, Philipp; Ursula Münster; Jens Zickgraf and Claudia Lang (eds.). Soziale Ästhetik, Atmosphäre, Medialität. Frankfurt a. Main: Campus: 151-160.

„Zwischen den Geschlechtern, zwischen den Kulturen – Intersexualität" (with Ursula Kuhnle-Krahl). 2009. In Frank, Reiner (Hg.), Kinder zwischen den Kulturen. Migration, Integration und seelische Gesundheit, Marseille Verlag

„Konflikte um den intersexuellen Körper. Embodied experiences". 2008. In: Höhne, Sven und Rainer Finke (Hg.), Intersexualität bei Kindern, Uni-Med: Bremen: 124-127.

 

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