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Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

Global Media Representations of Mental Health/Illness

What social and cultural assumptions are embedded in and reinforced by media portrayals of mental illness? How might richer, more counter-cultural depictions of mental illness broaden social understandings of distress, and highlight the structural factors that shape individual and group vulnerabilities? We aim not only to study portrayals of mental illness in media but to add to those portrayals by promoting the creation of film/TV (narrative and documentary), plays, performance pieces, and other forms of media. Our goal is to help rewrite dominant narratives and understandings of mental health in the U.S. and globally in a way that better captures the complex determinants, inequalities, and forms of knowledge production and activism at work. View the Global Media Representations of Mental Health/Illness group's 2021 Idea Incubation Showcase presentation here >>

Group Leads
  • Peter Locke, Global Health Studies, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences, Northwestern University
  • Rebecca Seligman, Anthropology, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences, Northwestern University
  • David Tolchinsky, Radio/Television/Film, Northwestern University School of Communication
 
Group Members
  • Eliza Bent, Radio/Television/Film, Northwestern University School of Communication
  • AJ Christian, Communication Studies, Northwestern University School of Communication
  • Erin Courtney, Radio/Television/Film, Northwestern University School of Communication
  • Gerpha Gerlin, Anthropology, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences, Northwestern University
  • Alexandra Joyce, Playwriting and Screenwriting, Northwestern University School of Communication
  • Robin Nusslock, Psychology, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences, Northwestern University
  • Beatriz Oralia Reyes, Global Health Studies, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences, Northwestern University
  • Beatriz Reyes-Foster, Anthropology, University of Central Florida
  • Suzanne Rosenfeld, Chicago Psychoanalytic Society