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During the academic year 2021-2022, Gaston Franssen will be affiliated with the UvA Institute for Advanced Study as a research fellow. At IAS, Franssen will work on a project focusing on ‘diagnostic cultures’ in mental health-care.

 The project combines a qualitative analysis of patients’ life stories with an ideological critique of popular narratives of psychiatric illness, such as bestseller memoirs, nonfiction, or testimonials in lifestyle and self-help publications. The aim is to more fully understand how diagnostic cultures impact individual experiences of illness, but also how they shape our general understanding of what it means to be healthy or ill in contemporary society.