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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

2018 'Studying psychological therapies: an ethnographic approach to "metacognition"'. Paper to be presented at ASA 2018: Sociality, matter, and the imagination: re-creating Anthropology, University of Oxford. 

2018 'The Aesthetics of Modelling: patterns, politics and pleasure in visual representations' (convenor, with A. Pearson). Conference panel conducted at Art, Materiality and Representation, Royal Anthropological Institute, SOAS and British Museum.

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 [www.moc.media]

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

2014 'Finding a Language of Analysis: The Problem of 'Embodiment' in the Study of Psychotherapy'. Paper presented to Risk, Embodiment and Health Technologies, University College London.

2014 'Healing the Mind: Clinical Psychologists and Mental Healthcare'. Paper presented to 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. Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge.