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The Culture of Depression: Seminar

Dr. Chris Howard (139.209 Speaking: Theory and Practice, Albany) will be presenting a dialogue on The Culture of Depression next Wed 1st of October @1pm in QB6 at the Albany Campus. This dialogue will explore the idea that depression is not the psychological epidemic it is presented as by the media, governments, medical institutions and pharmaceutical companies.  Rather, from a critical discourse and cross-cultural perspective, I will argue that ‘depression’ is first and foremost a social phenomenon before it is psychological.  As such, it relies on ‘knowledge-power’ games and therefore cannot be trusted.  Depression, I will venture to suggest, is not a disease of individuals, but a social pathology related to the cultural logic of neoliberal capitalism.

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