Study examined consequences of the adoption of a Soviet model of psychiatry in Bulgaria. Modeled on successful research in former Eastern Bloc countries, this project combined oral history methods and archival research to investigate the Soviet model’s propagation in the Bulgarian environment. Supported by a grant from the Fulbright foundation. История на българската психиатрия.

EXHIBITION

Excavating the Psyche: a Social History of Psychiatry in the People’s Republic of Bulgaria”. Red House Center for Culture and Debate. Sofia, Bulgaria. September-October, 2015. [Link]

INVITED TALKS

Red House Center for Culture and Debate. Sofia, Bulgaria. September, 2015 “Psychiatry in the People’s Republic of Bulgaria”.

Center for Advanced Study Sofia. CAS Visiting Lecturer Series July, 2015 “The Body Speaks: Psychiatry in the People’s Republic of Bulgaria”. Comparative analysis of inpatient and outpatient care services during the period 1950­-1975 in the PRB. [Link]

American Research Center in Sofia May, 2015 “Reduced to Bodies. Nikola Kazakov and Soviet Psychiatry in Communist Bulgaria”. Using oral history and illness narratives to excavate the clinical experiences of psychiatric patients. [Link]

American University in Bulgaria, AUBG Talks Series. April, 2015 “Reduced to Bodies. Psychiatric Practice, Ideologies of Abnormality in Communist Bulgaria”. Bridging analysis of the social history of psychiatry in Communist Bulgaria with a study of the interaction of personal crisis with medical knowledge about bodies and minds in distress. [Link]

PUBLICATIONS

Шехирян, Джулиан. “Сведени до Тела: Съветската Психиатрия в Народна Република България.” Тялото при Социализма. Sofia, Bulgaria: Center for Advanced Study Sofia, 2016. 111-34. Print. Поредица Иследователски Форум. (“Reduced to Bodies. Soviet Psychiatry in the People’s Republic of Bulgaria”. The Body Under Socialism – Regimes and Representations. Edited by Dr. Daniela Koleva, University of Sofia). 2016, Center for Advanced Study Sofia Press.)

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Panel Session, “Echoes of Bulgarian Communism. Excavating Nostalgia, Psychological Crisis and Memories of Violence.” Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, 48th Annual Convention. November, 2016.

Radical Ontologies for the Contemporary Past — March, 2016, Binghamton University.

Panel Session, “The Politics of Health in Post­-Soviet Eastern Europe”. American Anthropological Association, 114th Annual Meeting. November, 2015.

Fulbright Bulgaria Seminar July, 2015

Fulbright Berlin Seminar May, 2015