Gina Aït Mehdi (Postdoc)

Gina Aït Mehdi

Graduated in Political and Social Sciences from ULB (Université libre de Bruxelles) where I am associate member of the LAMC (Laboratoire d’Anthropologie des Mondes Contemporains). My doctoral research focuses on the ordinary care of madness in Niamey (Niger) through an anthropology sensitive to the ethics of care. The fieldwork in psychiatry and with its users was articulated around three main thematic axes: the daily life of psychiatry, the logics of (dis)engagement(s) in care, and the production of subjectivities.

“Building on these previous works My participation in MaDAf will allow me to interrogate the history of madness in West Africa from the perspective of ‘chronicity’. Situated at the crossroads of micro-history and the anthropology of madness, this research invites us to explore new spaces, between ordinary government and marginality(ies), based on a comparative study between Niger and Senegal.”

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