Orkideh Behrouzan is a physician, medical anthropologist, and the author of Prozak Diaries: Psychiatry and Generational Memory in Iran
(2016, Stanford). Behrouzan received her PhD in History and Anthropology of Science and Technology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Before joining SOAS in 2017, she was assistant professor of anthropology at the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine
(GHSM) at King’s College London, and prior to that, at the Institute for the Medical Humanities (IMH) at University of Texas. Behrouzan is a 2015-16 fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)
and the winner of the 2011 Kerr Award from the Middle Eastern Studies Association. As a consultant in areas of health and conflict, she served as expert adviser for Medact
’s Health Impact Assessment (HIA) report on the health consequence of the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988)
. She is also a poet and storyteller in Persian and English (http://orkidehbehrouzan.com/
Her monograph Prozāk Diaries
is an ethnographic analysis of psychiatric discourses in post-1980s Iran. Asking how psychiatric dialect became a language of everyday, Behrouzan analyses the cultural, generational, and political meaning of medicalisation in various sites from clinical encounters to intimate interviews, works of art, media, and Persian blogs. Combining anthropological and psychoanalytical frameworks, the book is an interdisciplinary exploration of language and memory among youth in the aftermath of the 1979 Revolution and theIran-Iraq War. Investigating the grey areas between individual symptoms and generational remembering, the book reveals how historical experiences are negotiated and how particular generational identifications are formed.