Sanaullah Khan, Johns Hopkins University // To help illuminate the psychic and medical realities of the First World War, it is perhaps useful to study the archive of personal correspondences in a British hospital where injured Indian soldiers were brought during the conflict. Though conceiving of medical cases that arise out of personal correspondences…
Social Classification & Psychiatric Nosologies: W.H.R. Rivers an Anthropologist and a Military Psychiatrist
Sanaullah Khan // W.H.R. Rivers—a seminal experimental psychologist and anthropologist—worked both among the patients of shell shock in the First World War and as an anthropologist in the Torres Strait, where he laid the foundations of kinship studies in anthropology. In this article, I argue that Rivers needs to be understood in a historical perspective….
Protected: ‘War Above the Clouds:’ Fluid Landscapes of the ‘Dodgy’ Soldier
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Trauma, Suspicion & the Anatomy of War: From PTSD to Moral Injury
Sanaullah Khan// The history of trauma has been steeped in a recurring language of suspicion. Beneath the 20th century survivor’s words and silences lurks suspicion, which presents itself in different ways in different conflicts. The doubt involved in transforming a soldier into a patient, through various diagnostic categories, keeps re-emerging in different forms every time in…