Julian Chehirian is a researcher on the history of psychiatry in Bulgaria. During 2014-15 he was a Fulbright scholar at New Bulgarian University, applying oral history, archival and ethnographic methods to assemble the beginnings of a social-historical perspective on the transformation of mental healthcare during Bulgaria’s communist period—especially of its human consequences. He is interested in how trauma and psychological crisis were made sense of in a cultural environment dominated by materialist social and political ideologies. In this sense his work is at the intersection of social history and medical anthropology. Perspectives emerging from his research have been presented in a public exhibition titled “Excavating the Psyche”: A Social History of Psychiatry in the People’s Republic of Bulgaria”.