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EIHS Lecture: Beyond the Asylum: Mapping Circuits of Recovery and Relapse in Colonial Vietnam

Claire E. Edington (University of California, San Diego)
Thursday, September 30, 2021
4:00-6:00 PM
1014 Tisch Hall Map
This is a hybrid event. Link here for in-person registration (limited):
Link here to stream via Zoom:

Description: In colonial Vietnam, patients would spend years circulating in and out of mental asylums, defying our sense of these spaces as total institutions. This talk follows the movements of patients out of the asylum to ask what the dynamics of patient release can tell us about the varied meanings and lived experiences of recovery in a colonial society. What possibilities are opened when we shift our focus from confinement to release, from the asylum to its social world, from cure to healing?

Biography: Claire E. Edington is an associate professor of history at the University of California, San Diego, where she specializes in the history of public health, the history of modern Southeast Asia, and the colonial and postcolonial studies of science and medicine. Her first book, Beyond the Asylum: Mental Illness in French Colonial Vietnam, was published by Cornell University in 2019. She received her PhD from the Departments of Sociomedical Sciences and History from Columbia University in 2013.

This event presented by the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies. It is made possible in part by a generous contribution from Kenneth and Frances Aftel Eisenberg.
Building: Tisch Hall
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Asia, History, Medicine
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, Department of History

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