The one thing that changed everything: Complex illness & the functional fallacy of a singular cause

When I asked my research participants what they felt had caused theirs or their patient’s schizophrenia, it was often put down to one thing or another, rather than one thing and another: "It was because of this one bad acid tab” “It was hereditary” “It was the trauma” ... But when it came to the solution, it tended to be a multitude of things.

Ep. #42: Economies of Openness: Ros Attenborough on cultures of trust, exclusion & generosity in STS

"All of these questions deserve...just that little bit extra thought about what would openness look like for my study and in my discipline? What would it achieve? What effects would it have? And you know that when you have research interview data it's never going to be as simple as just 'publishing it on the internet'. There … Continue reading Ep. #42: Economies of Openness: Ros Attenborough on cultures of trust, exclusion & generosity in STS

BONUS EPISODE: ‘The scariest word in the English language: a public lecture on schizophrenia’

In this public lecture, Gabrielle Carey and Julia Brown hope to achieve at least two things. First, to humanise and reduce fear around the condition of schizophrenia (a heavily neglected social issue in Australia). Second, to show how two disciplines (literature and anthropology) can complement each other in the name of  better communicating lived experiences of difficult subject matter.

Ep. #38 When good intention isn’t enough: Jacqui Hoepner on morally repulsive public health research & academic freedom

“I went into this thinking that objectivity and neutrality were the Name of the Game. That you couldn’t do good research if you were in any way biased or if you had your own opinions or experiences or values that might influence the research.” In episode number 4 of our STS Series, Dr Jacqui Hoepner, … Continue reading Ep. #38 When good intention isn’t enough: Jacqui Hoepner on morally repulsive public health research & academic freedom