Friday Morning Seminar in Culture, Psychiatry and Global Mental Health (Zoom)


Friday, October 8, 2021, 10:00am to 12:00pm


Online Only

"Traumatic Pasts in Asia: History, Psychiatry and Trauma"

Attend this event via Zoom (advance registration required)


Hans PolsProfessor; Head of School, School of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Sydney.


Sadeq Rahimi

This seminar is cosponsored by the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

This event is online only. Please click the "Read More" link for full instructions on how to attend this seminar.

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Please note: This event requires a password to attend. Please email Dr. Sadeq Rahimi ( with a brief introduction of yourself to receive the meeting password. This session will be recorded.

Speaker Bio:

Hans Pols, PhD is interested in the history, sociology, and anthropology of medicine. He currently focuses on the history of colonial and postcolonial medicine in Southeast Asia. The history and sociology of psychiatry holds his special interest. Dr. Pols is currently engaged in a research project on the history of medicine in the Dutch East Indies and Indonesia. He currently focuses on the roles Indonesian physicians have played in the social, cultural, and political movements in the Dutch East Indies and Indonesia in the 1950s. He is also researching the nature of Indonesian herbal medicine or jamu and the way it relates to modern medicine. He has published on the history of the American mental hygiene movement, the treatment of war neurosis in the armed forces of Australia, the UK, and the USA during World War II, and the history of colonial psychiatry.