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Mikkel Kenni Bruun

Mikkel Kenni Bruun

PhD Candidate, Department of Social Anthropology.

My research examines mental health practices in the UK through ethnographic fieldwork. I am particularly interested in the growing provision of 'evidence-based psychological therapies', such as cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT).

Research interests include medical anthropology; the history and philosophy of psychiatry and psychology; science and technology studies; public health; psychotherapy and digital therapeutics; anthropological studies of 'the body' and 'the self'.

Key Publications

2017 (in press) 'The Corporeality of Magic: An Anthropological Analysis of the Body in Wicca' in A. Bosselmann-Ruickbie and L. Ruickbie (eds.) The Material Culture of Magic. Leiden: Brill.

2017 'Mental health and cognitive behaviour therapy in the UK'. Monologue for Two. The Ministry of Counterculture []

2014 (MRes thesis) The Elusive Self: Healthcare Practice and Subjectivity in British Psychological Therapies. Department of Anthropology, University College London. 

2014 (conference paper) 'Finding a Language of Analysis: The Problem of "Embodiment" in the Study of Psychotherapy'. Risk, Embodiment and Health Technologies. Biosocialities, Health and Citizenship RRG: University College London.

2014 (conference paper) 'Healing the Mind: Clinical Psychologists and Mental Healthcare'. Whither Anthropology? Department of Anthropology, University College London.

2013 (BA thesis) The Clinic, the Client and Care: Psychologists in Copenhagen and their Accounts of Clinical Practices. Division of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge.