International Early Career Scholar Travel Grant

Society for Psychological Anthropology Forums Calls for Papers International Early Career Scholar Travel Grant

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    Allen Tran

    If you are looking for a panel to join or need another paper to complete your panel, use this forum to post information about your paper or panel and a way to reach you so that others may contact you directly.

    This year’s AAA marks the inauguration of the International Early Career Scholar Travel Grant for the SPAs. It will provide funding for transportation, room and board, and registration for early career scholars to travel to the United States to participate in SPA-sponsored sessions. In addition to funding, recipients will be paired with a senior psychological anthropologist for mentorship.


    I would like to present a paper about the different and opposing schema (Strauss and Quinn) held by the staff at a special education needs school in Perth Western Australia – where I have just completed my field work.
    This impacts on their ‘management’ practices, and results in students with, what I am tentatively calling, a ‘contaminated self.’
    Evidence from the ‘community’ suggests these opposing schema extend beyond the school grounds, and may have long term physical, mental and emotional consequences in the lives severely intellectually disabled students (see Burbank).
    This is broad and I am happy to focus on a specific aspect to fit in with the overall aims of a panel or session.
    I presented at the 2012 AAA in San Francisco so I have some idea of how these things work.
    I can be contacted by email but I’ll be away until 10th March so I may not be able to get back to you before then.


    I am looking for a panel to join. Please find detailed informations about my paper below.

    “Japanese hikikomori and the psychological anthropology of trauma”
    Hikikomori (acute social withdrawal) is a condition that affects around 700,000 Japanese individuals withdrawing from society for years and sometimes decades. It has now been four years since I have been researching on hikikomori, and after three years of fieldwork in Japanese NPO, Welfare and Guidance facilities, I have progressively been able to collect their “illness narratives” (Kleinman 1988; Grolleau, Young and Kirmayer 2006). Here, I investigate a proposal made in the conclusion of my PhD exploratory research: “Hikikomori individuals reveal a hidden trauma related to what their parents and grand parents experienced between the nineteen forties and the eighties, in Japan”. Trauma has long been an important notion in psychiatry and psychological sciences, and recently gained attention among anthropologists (Young 1997). I suggest that hikikomori could be thought of at the intersection of Japanese National History and Japanese individuals’ life stories. I propose to prudently explore family, individual and community trauma among hikikomori population: the challenge here is to combine the promotion of general theories expected in Anthropology, to the enhancement of singular subjectivities expected in Clinical Psychology, without falling into the dead ends of individualist sociology (Ehrenberg 2010).

    If you are interested, contact me here :
    More details here :

    Nicolas Tajan, PhD
    Post-doctoral researcher, Kyoto University

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