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TEDx Talk: Rethinking Mental Health and the Afterlife of War

Dr Orkideh Behrouzan is a physician, medical anthropologist, anthropologist of science and technology, author of Prozak Diaries, as well as a poet and storyteller. In this insightful and awe-inspiring talk, Orkideh looks at memories of childhood and war to disrupt how we conventionally think about mental health, the Middle East, and the relationship between individual and collective memories.”

TEDxUCLWomen, Dec 1st 2018, Bush House, London

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Interview with BBC on COVID19 and Mental Health

(Apr 18, 2020)

Discussing the mental health impact of Covid19 in Iran and the longterm impact on vulnerable groups, minorities, the bereaved, Health Care Workers, and the impossibility of mourning, and the psycho-political contexts and consequences compared to past social ruptures such as the Iran Iraq War.

Listen to the full interview here.

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Interview with Frontiers:

Forty Years on, Creative and Academic Wring on the Iran Iraq War

This year, 2020, marks the 40th anniversary of the start of the Iran-Iraq War. Dr. Orkideh Behrouzan speaks with co-editor Azadeh Tajpour about her childhood in Iran during the war and how these experiences are represented in her creative and scholarly work. In particular, this interview centers two of her creative pieces: the short story “The War We Lived” and the poem “Leica.” Both pieces, which you may read in full below, bring to light the impact of war and militarism on one’s experience of gender and youth.

Frontiers: A Journal of Women's Studies. Special Issue: 41.1A: Gender Politics in Iran and the Last Forty Years: Eleven Stories. Spring 2020

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Interview with Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP)

Iranians have repurposed, recongured and transliterated the psychiatric concepts of depression and trauma as depreshen and toroma. In this wide-ranging interview, Orkideh Behrouzan speaks with Sheila Carapico about the politics of Iranian mental health care policy, public discussion of the eects of 40 years of revolution and war and the ways in which a younger generation is forming identities through depreshen-talk. 


Read the full interview here: The Psycho-Politics of Wellbeing

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BBC Persian, Shirazeh Series

Orkideh Behrouzan on Generational Memory; BBC Persian; Shirazeh Series, March 2018  شیرازه . به تهیه کنندگی سام فرزانه.این برنامه در چشم‌انداز بامدادی جمعه ١٠ فروردین ١٣٩٧ ( ٣٠ مارس ۲۰۱۸) پخش شد

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Interview with

Radio Dastneshteha

Orkideh Behrouzan interviewed on Radio Dastneveshteha, discussing generational memory and the limits of the concept of 'trauma'. Focusing on the lived life of 1980s Iran, she discusses her book Prozak Diaries, the concept of 'rupture', and why the notion of 'collective trauma' fails to capture the cultural and psychological afterlife of war and traumatic memories. @RadioDastneveshteha Episode 17, July 2019. Language: Persian

در این اپیزود بخش‌های از سه مصاحبه مفصل با ارکیده بهروزان، سحر سخایی و مرتضی کریمی را درباره خاطره جمعی، ترومای جمعی و دهه شصت خواهید شنید

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Interview with

BBC Persian: COVID19 in Iran (February 26, 2019)

Orkideh Behrouzan discusses the socio-political and the medical contexts of the Corona epidemic in Iran, the securitization of information and the context of public anxiety, also drawing on historical parallels such as post-revolution public health policies of the 1980s and Iran's official approach to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the 1990s.  

BBC Part 1: here

BBC Part 2: here

For non Persian speakers, the content of the BBC interview is summarised in this twitter thread.

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Interview with Asia Insider: COVID 19 in the Middle East

(Feb 29, 2020)

"We do know that despite confirmation of diagnosis certain measures were not taken and experts' calls for, for example, limiting movement in and around the city of Qom and stopping flights to and from China were ignored," she noted. "The defining factor of this epidemic in Iran is the way it has been politicised," Dr Behrouzan added.

 Watch the Video and read this interview here.

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Brandeis University Webinar on COVID 19 (Apr 30, 2020)

Audio from Crown Centre's webinar with Faculty Leave Fellow 

Dr Orkideh Behrouzan on the #coronavirus crisis in Iran. 


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The Post Pandemic World: Challenges and Opportunities 

Interview with Asoo - June 2020

کرونا و جهان دیگر ما - مصاحبه با آسو - ژوئن ۲۰۲۰

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Panel Discussion  A Conversation on the Coronavirus Pandemic and Public Health in Iran - New York University (NYU) - October 1, 2020

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The War We Lived: Remembering the Iran Iraq War after 40 years

NYU-ISI. December 2020


The year 2020 marks the 40th anniversary of the beginning of the Iran-Iraq War, calling for renewed reflections on the cultural, political, and psychological legacies of the conflict. Organised and chaired by Dr Behrouzan, this panel of scholars and artists from Iran and Iraq deliberate on the war’s cultural and artistic afterlife and reflect on how wartime experiences have shaped Iranian and Iraqi people's generational aesthetics and psychological sensibilities. This event was generously hosted by NYU, Kevorkian Centre for Near Eastern Studies, and Iranian Studies Initiative. 

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Interview with BBC Persian: The Lived Experience of 1980s Iran - April 2021

برنامه «به عبارت دیگر» بی بی سی فارسی - اردیبهشت ۱۴۰۰

داستان پررنج نسل دههٔ شصتی ایران در گفت و گو با دکتر ارکیده بهروزان ، نویسندهٔ «زندگی به روایت پروزاک؛ روانپزشکی و حافظهٔ نسلی در ایران» ​

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