Orkideh Behrouzan

Orkideh Behrouzanis a physician, poet, medical anthropologist, anthropologist of science and technology, and the author of Prozak Diaries: Psychiatry and Generational Memory in Iran (2016, Stanford University Press). She is a 2015-16 fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) and the winner of the 2011 Kerr Award from the Middle Eastern Studies Association. Behrouzan's short story Binazeer was adapted into a theatrical performance by director Mehrdad Seyf and was taken to stage as part of the EAST15 World Performance in the UK. Behrouzan also initiated the collaborative, multi-cited project Beyond '’Trauma’: Emergent Agendas for Understanding Mental Health in the Middle East; co-run by Behrouzan and Nora Parr, the project involves an interdisciplinary Web-Hub (funded by SOAS Seed Corp Award) as well as a podcast series exploring narrations of memory in cultural productions including art, literature, and everyday life. She presented a TEDx talk on Rethinking Mental Health and the Afterlife of War in 2018. Behrouzan is currently Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at the Department of Anthropology at SOAS, University of London and a Member of the Board of Trustees of the London Middle East Institute. For more on her academic and creative writing, see orkidehbehrouzan.com.